Minnesota Wild defeat Edmonton Oilers, 4-2

There was a reasonably large delegation of family and friends in attendance when home- stater Matt Cullen made his official home debut for the Wild on Thursday night.

"Yeah, I had quite a few people here, but I actually thought there would be more," he said. "It's hunting season, I guess."

Among those unable to attend was Terry Cullen, his father and hockey mentor. Where was the guy who put Matt on skates three decades ago?

"He was hunting in New Mexico," Matt sai...

This was the kind of night it was for the Wild's picture-perfect power play:

With the Wild trailing by a goal in the second period, Matt Cullen took a pass in the right faceoff circle. When Cullen was about to fire, the puck rolled, Cullen was handcuffed, the shooting lane closed and the crowd groaned.

Cool, calm and collected, the savvy veteran nonchalantly reset, found a narrow passing lane and slid a buckshot through a cobweb of sticks to the back door, where Mikk...