Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Charlie Coyle scored the game-winning goal with 4:23 remaining as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on Tuesday.
Nino Niederreiter also scored and Devan Dubnyk made 23 saves for the Wild, who ended a two-game skid.
Boyd Gordon provided Edmonton's lone goal and Viktor Fasth stopped 27-of-29 shots in defeat.
"We were flat and we have to respond next game," said Gordon. "We've been playing well as of late and we saw that more in the third."
Coyle's deciding effort came after he skated down the left side past two defenders, dragged Fasth out of his net and capped off the play by tucking the puck into the net from below the goal line.
"We came out to win, that's all that matters," Coyle said. "It's always nice to help out on the scoresheet."
Wild defenseman Ryan Suter went off for holding the stick with 1:22 remaining and the Oilers pulled Fasth for a two-man advantage, but Dubnyk made multiple saves down the stretch and Dubnyk's defenders blocked several shots to preserve the win.
Minnesota started the scoring 9:09 into the game. Justin Fontaine stripped a defender of the puck near the net and dished it to Niederreiter, who beat Fasth with a quick wrister in tight.
Dubnyk stacked the pads to stop Justin Schultz on a breakaway and keep the Wild in front midway through the second period.
The Oilers did, however, tie the game after Gordon's wraparound ricocheted off Minnesota defenseman Kyle Brodziak's skate and into the net with 2:44 left in the middle stanza.
Forward Mikael Granlund was activated from injured reserve and returned to the Wild lineup after missing 13 games with a wrist injury ...The Oilers were without forward Taylor Hall, who injured his leg while blocking a shot during Monday's practice ... Dubnyk improved to 4-0-0 against the Oilers this season, winning the first three games for the Coyotes ... Minnesota is now 11-2-2 when leading after the opening stanza ... The Wild have won seven of their last nine games against the Oilers ... Edmonton last defeated Minnesota at home on Dec. 22, 2011.