Oilers rout Wild 4-1 for Minnesota’s fourth consecutive loss

Published 2:01 am Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Long eliminated from the playoffs, the Edmonton Oilers are trying to finish their season on a high note.

Dustin Penner and Ethan Moreau each scored two goals and the Oilers snapped a five-game losing skid, defeating the Minnesota Wild 4-1 Monday.

Tom Gilbert, Ryan Potulny and Shawn Horcoff each had two assists for the last-place Oilers, who have 58 points, hoping to eclipse their franchise-worst 60 points set in the 1992-93 season.

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“It’s late in the year and we’re out of it and you can always say it doesn’t mean anything, but it does mean something,” Oilers coach Pat Quinn said. “It shows we can execute. We just need to do it when the games are way more meaningful than they are right now.”

Andrew Brunette scored for the Wild, who suffered their fourth consecutive loss.

“It was a disappointing game,” Brunette said. “It’s tough playing this time of year when there isn’t much to play for. We are in a bit of a slide and it is tough to get out of it.”

Minnesota coach Todd Richards didn’t see much that impressed him.