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Wild, Marc-Andre Fleury holds Edmonton behind goals from Matt Boldy, Frederick Gaudreau

If the Wild and Oilers meet again this season, it will be in the playoffs.

They ended their regular season battle on Monday after facing each other three times in 12 days, a series the Wild won after winning the game rubber 2-1 ahead of 17,707 at Xcel Energy Center to start a four-way homestand matches with their second straight victory.

Matt Boldy was the Wild’s catalyst on offense, scoring one goal and setting the other in motion, while Marc-Andre Fleury made 20 saves for his 10th win of the season.

Fleury is only the fourth goaltender in NHL history to double the win 18 times in his career; he joins Terry Sawchuk (18), Patrick Roy (18) and Martin Brodeur (20).

Edmonton hadn’t played since Friday when the Oilers ran away 5-2 to end a seven-game losing streak against the Wild after losing Game 1 5-3 on Dec. 1.

But this version did not appear in St. Paul.

The Oilers fell behind 12 minutes and 36 seconds into the first period on a tic-tac-toe streak from the Wild power play: Mats Zuccarello passed to Kirill Kaprizov, whose center was redirected by Boldy.

Zuccarello extended his scoring streak to seven games with the assist, and he recorded at least 20 assists in 10 consecutive seasons; the winger’s 20 assists lead the team and Zuccarello has 17 points in his last 17 games.

As for Boldy, it was the second straight fight he capitalized on the power play, which ended 1 for 3.

Edmonton would also convert with the man advantage, with Zach Hyman’s backhand ahead just 1:25 later of the NHL’s No. 1 power play equalizer. Connor McDavid’s assist took his points streak to nine games, but his goalscoring streak ended at seven.

The Wild scored the goal to check for goalie interference against Fleury, but video confirmed the goal; they’re 1-for-2 in Coach’s Challenges this season and 19-for-54 all-time. This unsuccessful review resulted in another Oilers power play, but they lost the chance.

In the second, the Wild appeared to regain the lead on a shot from Matt Dumba’s glove side that handcuffed Edmonton goaltender Stuart Skinner.

But the Oilers issued their own challenge and the play was ruled offside to overturn Dumba’s tally.

Still, the Wild ended the period with a goal because at 9:39 Boldy’s backhand pass split a pair of Edmonton players and landed on Frederick Gaudreau’s stick for a tight rising shot that sailed on Skinner, which totaled 28 stops.

It was Boldy’s sixth multi-point effort of the season and 15th of his career; only Marian Gaborik has more with the Wild (43 years old) before 22 years old.

The Oilers didn’t put the puck on net until 10:56 into the period, but they had the opportunity to get revenge on the Wild on a power play early in the third period. As evenly matched, however, they struggled to apply consistent pressure and finished the night 1 for 5.

Edmonton’s best look came later in the period when McDavid led a 3-on-1 rush into wild territory that culminated in a Darnell Nurse shot that Fleury engulfed.

Next up for the Wild is a rematch with the Red Wings on Wednesday.

They held off the Wild 2-1 on Oct. 29 in Detroit.

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