They may be last in the NHL, but nobody can say the fight has gone out of the Edmonton Oilers.

The league's 30th-place team for the second consecutive season dropped the gloves early and often against the Minnesota Wild on Friday at Rexall Place, but they lost another decision on the scoreboard, 3-1, to their No. 1 nemesis.

"I just wanted everybody in the rink to know that just because we're going to miss the playoffs, we're not giving up," said Oilers defenceman Theo Peckham, who whipped fellow blue-liner Clayton Stoner seven seconds into the game, then watched the NHL's Big Bad Wolf, Steve MacIntyre, go after Bad Staubitz after a high hit on Edmonton rookie Magnus Paajarvi in a first period in which 100 penalty minutes were handed out.

The Oilers (25-45-11) did fine on the fight card, refusing to go quietly into the spring night, but they still haven't found an answer for the Wild (38-35-8), who beat them and won all six games against Edmonton this season.