Gilbert shut out at home

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Tom Gilbert figured Thursday would be the night.

Especially when he scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, lifting a shot over the shoulder of Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom.

Yet despite the goal, and the momentum that came with it, the Minnesota native was still unable to be on the winning side of an NHL contest in his home state, as the Oilers went on to lose 4-2 to the Wild.

“Their power play killed us,” said Gilbert. “They just got pucks to the net and got bodies there, and that’s hard to defend.

“You can’t expect your goalie to make all the saves all the time. That’s something that we definitely have to work on.”

The loss was the Oilers’ 14th consecutive one in Minnesota, dating back to the 2006-2007 season. Gilbert has been a part of 13 of them.

“Things were going good, but you have to play a full 60 minutes,” Gilbert said. “It just goes to show, once they got one power-play goal and then another, that’s hard to come back against, especially in this building.”

On Thursday, thing went sour in a hurry as a one-goal advantage turned into a one-goal deficit within 52 seconds as the Wild scored a pair of consecutive power-play goals in the second period.

Then in the third, while battling Antti Miettinen in front, Gilbert had a puck bounce off his skate into his own net to give the Wild a two-goal lead.

With the way Backstrom has shut the door on the Oilers in Minnesota, extending his winning streak to 12 games, it was essentially a formality from there.

“I was just trying to take away his stick and trying to get out the way, it’s just one of those things that happen,” Gilbert said. “We’ve had a lot of bad bounces here, that’s the way it usually goes for the home team.

“You’re supposed to have those bounces, you’re supposed to play your best when you’re at home. They play very well here and one of these days, we’ll get the bounces.”


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