The Edmonton Oilers were shutout for the second game in a row, falling 3-0 to the Minnesota Wild Tuesday night.
The Oilers have gone 152:38 without scoring. It’s the first time they’ve been shutout in back-to-back games since Dec. 31, 2017 and Jan. 2, 2018.
“There’s no reason for panic, it’s our first little bit of adversity, and it’s going to test us. So I think the guys are looking forward to getting back and getting in the groove – we’ve got a good challenge coming up here,” said Oilers forward Riley Sheahan.
LISTEN BELOW: Oilers forward Riley Sheahan talks post-game in Minnesota
Eric Staal scored two goals on backhands from in tight 1:15 apart to give the Wild the lead. Former Oiler Brad Hunt blasted home a power play point shot to make it 3-0 Wild after the first.
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Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk left the game early in the second period. The back of his head hit the ice after he jumped to avoid a couple of incoming players. Alex Stalock took over.
“The last three teams we’ve played, they’re all desperate to try to get themselves back in the race, even early. We’ve had a pretty good start, but when you play a desperate team, you’d better play desperate yourself,” said Head Coach Dave Tippett.
“We didn’t have the gas in our tank tonight to do that. (We) got behind early and just chased it the whole game.”
LISTEN BELOW: Oilers Head Coach Dave Tippett speaks after loss in Minnesota
Dubnyk made nine saves while Stalock stopped 16.
Connor McDavid has gone three straight games without a point for just the second time in his NHL career.
The Oilers, 7-2-1, will host Washington on Thursday.