- Associated Press - Thursday, January 16, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Unable to get out of their own zone and hearing a few boos from the home crowd in the second period, a goal from an unexpected source helped the Minnesota Wild regain control.

Nate Prosser scored for the first time in 68 games, Jason Pominville had a goal and an assist, and the Wild beat the new-look Edmonton Oilers 4-1 on Thursday night.

Edmonton spent most of the second period in the Wild’s zone, but didn’t generate many shots.

When the Wild finally got set up on the other end, Prosser’s slap shot hit Ben Scrivens‘ left glove and fluttered in to give Minnesota a 2-1 lead.

“Yeah, we hear those fans. We know that our play wasn’t up to par there for a while in the second,” Prosser said. “We weren’t executing the way we should.

“As soon as that turned around, we had a few shifts in their zone and Pominville made a nice pass to me and I was just trying to get it high up over the goalie’s shoulder and it happened to go in.”

It was Prosser’s first goal since Feb. 7, 2012, in Columbus.

Jordan Eberle scored his 15th goal for the Oilers, who haven’t won on the road in their past six tries.

Several Edmonton players stomped off the ice in frustration after the end of the second period.

“It’s an even game and now you’re down by two,” Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins said. “I feel like a broken record sometimes, but you just start chasing the game again.”

Justin Fontaine and Jason Zucker also scored to help the Wild win for the sixth time in eight games and bounce back after getting shutout on Tuesday.

Fontaine stuffed in a rebound 2 minutes after Prosser’s goal and Zucker scored 8 seconds into the third on a give-and-go with Dany Heatley.

“Walking out for that third period, I was thinking, ‘Boy, it’d be nice to grab another goal here quick,’” Wild coach Mike Yeo said with a grin.

Scrivens had 29 saves in his Oilers debut after he was acquired Wednesday in a trade from Los Angeles. Scrivens replaces Devan Dubnyk in goal, who played in 32 games for the Oilers and was traded to Nashville for center Matt Hendricks on Wednesday.

“I felt pretty good, but I’ve got to find a way to make another save here for the guys and give them more of a chance,” Scrivens said. “Overall, it was another good learning experience for me.”

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