ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom ended a six-start winless streak, beating his favorite opponent in the Wild's 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.
Defenseman Tom Gilbert and Linus Omark each had power-play goals -- a rarity for Edmonton's struggling special teams unit -- but the last-place Oilers fell to 0-8-3 in their last 11 games.
Antti Miettinen, Marek Zidlicky, Brad Staubitz and Martin Havlat scored for Minnesota. Backstrom has never lost to the Oilers, improving to 14-0 in his career against them.
With both teams out of the playoff picture -- the Oilers were never in it this season -- this game was all about streaks. The Wild beat Edmonton at home for the 16th time in a row, matching the longest current run of consecutive home wins against one team in the NHL. They've outscored the Oilers 58-21 during the stretch.
Nikolai Khabibulin started his seventh straight game in goal for Edmonton without a win, his last coming on Feb. 17. He was unlucky at first, with Miettinen's goal glancing of Ladislav Smid's skate, and Zidlicky's hitting off Jeff Petry's in a span of 35 seconds midway through the first period.