ST. PAUL, MINN. - No one saw that one coming.
Needing a win to clinch a playoff spot for the first time since 2008, the Minnesota Wild laid an egg as the Edmonton Oilers spoiled the party with a 6-1 victory.
This was a choke of epic proportions for the Wild, who can still claim the eighth-and-final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a win in Colorado over the Avalanche Saturday.
Corey Potter and Nail Yakupov each scored a pair, while Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle added the others in the win. Mikko Koivu scored the lone goal for the Wild.
It was the fourth time this season the Oilers have scored at least six goals in a game. Their season high was eight in Calgary back at the beginning of the month, which temporarily gave them possession of the final playoff spot in the conference before the wheels fell off.
Potter got the Oilers on the board early, scoring 27 seconds into the contest, after the gloves and sticks of Mike Brown and Zenon Konopka were gathered.