Ex-Oiler happy to contribute

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

EDMONTON - Kyle Brodziak didnt consider it special.

Even though he had never scored against his former team prior to Thursday night, for the Minnesota Wild forward, netting a pair of goals over the Edmonton Oilers in a 4-2 win did not have any particular significance.

Its the same as doing it anywhere else I think, said Brodziak. Its nice to just be able to contribute. It feels good when you can score and help the team win. Its a good feeling, but it doesnt make any difference where it happens.

Brodziak scored twice within the first six minutes of the contest, giving the Wild a lead they would never relinquish.

It was the fifth time in his career the native of St. Paul has scored two goals in a contest, and the first time he can remember being named first star.

Kyle coming back here to Edmonton I know it was a big game for him and he was able to score two big goals for us, said Wild head coach Todd Richards. I dont want to take anything away from his goals, but where hes more valuable to us is his penalty kill and his face-offs.

Yet, it was great for him to come into Edmonton and score two goals.

Brodziak, who spent the first four years of his NHL career with the Oilers, got the Wild on the board on his first shift of the game, getting a couple of whacks at a puck at the side of the net and eventually poking it past Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin.

Less than three minutes later, on his second shift, Brodziak took a pass from Guillaume Lattendresse in the slot and buried it past Khabibulin.

Despite scoring that quickly into the game and never having registered an NHL hat-trick, Brodziak wasnt thinking about possibly scoring his third.

You cant think like that, you cant change your game, he said. Look what happened, they made it close.

You just have to stick with the program that was working early on and we got the points, which is all that matters.

Regardless, it still turned out to be an eventful evening for Brodziak.

In the second he was dropped after taking a shot off the foot from Ryan Whitney while killing a penalty.

The puck bounced straight to Kurtis Foster who found Ales Hemsky through the lane Brodziak had vacated after going down. Hemsky fired it past Niklas Backstrom for the Oilers first goal of the contest.

It got me on the top of the foot, Brodziak said. That was kind of a bad break. It went right to the guy and he put it across on the other guys tape.

If you look back on it, I dont know how much we could have done differently, it was just a bad bounce.

Following the Oilers goal, Brodziak had an opportunity to go for his hat-trick goal on a two-on-one rush with Cal Clutterbuck.

However instead of shooting, Brodziak slid a pass over to Clutterbuck who had an open side to shoot at, but missed the target.

Later in the period, Brodziak was run into the board by Gilbert Brule. Chuck Kobasew took exception to the hit and drilled Brule from behind, which resulted in a scrum in front of the Oilers bench.

After the melee was sorted out, Brodziak was issued the penalty instead of Kobasew in a case of mistaken identity.

I told the ref that, said Brodziak. He told me that I was the one that came in and started it all. But I didnt cross-check anybody.

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


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