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Tuesday, 04.25.2006 / 8:00 PM

Associated Press

GAME: Detroit Red Wings at Edmonton Oilers.

PLAYOFF SERIES: Western Conference quarterfinals; tied 1-1.

TIME: Tuesday, 10 p.m. EDT.

The Edmonton Oilers may be the only ones not surprised at the position they're in.

After stealing home-ice advantage from the top-seeded Detroit Red Wings, the Oilers host Game 3 looking to take a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference quarterfinal series.

Edmonton nearly pulled out a win in Game 1 before a bouncing puck from Kirk Maltby found its way into the net to give Detroit a 3-2 victory in double overtime on Friday.

The Oilers made sure that wouldn't happen again in Game 2, scoring two goals within a minute late in the second period on Sunday in Detroit en route to a 4-2 win.

Now, Games 3 and 4 are both at Rexall Place.

"Well, there was no reason to panic," said Oilers defenseman Chris Pronger, who scored the team's first goal Sunday. "We were winning the (Friday) game with six minutes to go and they just had a lucky bounce with that second goal and even on the third goal.

"It was nothing to hang our heads about."

After Fernando Pisani tied Sunday's game, Brad Winchester scored the go-ahead goal for the Oilers after recording only one assist in 19 games this season.

The Red Wings need to regroup after being outplayed for most of the series. They were up 2-1 in Game 2 before faltering under the weight of Edmonton's forechecking.

"We reminded each other when we were out there to be aggressive," Oilers center Michael Peca said. "In Game 1, we retreated more than we should have on the forecheck.

"(Sunday) we recognized opportunities to be aggressive on the forecheck - take the body and create turnovers. That was the difference in the hockey game for us offensively."

Pavel Datsyuk returned to the Detroit lineup in Game 2, but was largely ineffective after not playing since April 3 because of a left thigh injury.

The Red Wings, though, got goals from Jason Williams and Henrik Zetterberg and seemed to be in control of the game halfway through the second period.

"In the second period, through the first 15 minutes, I thought it was the best we played," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "Then we turned the puck over a couple of times and then they outplayed us after that."

Detroit won an NHL-record 31 road games this season, and before a loss to Nashville in the meaningless season finale, had won a league-record 12 straight away from home.

The Red Wings will need a better performance from their goaltender to regain control of the series.

Manny Legace allowed three goals on the first 16 shots he faced in Game 2 and finished with 20 saves. In Game 1, he gave up two goals on the first seven shots he saw.

Dwayne Roloson had another fantastic game in net for the eighth-seeded Oilers, making 33 saves Sunday after finishing with 54 in Game 1.

"As the course of the playoffs roll on, I really believe we're a better team leaving here than we were when we arrived, and that's what you need to be successful," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said.

Game 4 is Thursday night.

HOW THEY GOT HERE: Red Wings - 124 points; 1st seed. Oilers - 95 points; 8th seed.

PLAYOFF TEAM LEADERS: Red Wings - Maltby, 2 goals; Johan Franzen, Mathieu Schneider and Steve Yzerman, 2 assists; five with 2 points; four with 4 PIM. Oilers - Pronger, 2 goals; Jaroslav Spacek, 2 assists; Pronger, 3 points; Marc-Andre Bergeron, 6 PIM.

PLAYOFF SPECIAL TEAMS: Red Wings - Power play: 20.0 percent (2 for 10). Penalty killing: 77.8 percent (7 for 9). Oilers - Power play: 22.2 percent (2 for 9). Penalty killing: 80.0 percent (8 for 10).

GOALTENDERS: Red Wings - Legace (1-1, 2.11 GAA); Chris Osgood (no appearances). Oilers - Roloson (1-1, 2.10); Jussi Markkanen (no appearances).

2005-2006 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
May 01 '06DET 3 at EDM 4A. Hemsky
Apr 29 '06EDM 3 at DET 2S. Horcoff
Apr 27 '06DET 4 at EDM 2N. Lidstrom
Apr 25 '06DET 3 at EDM 4 - OTJ. Stoll
Apr 23 '06EDM 4 at DET 2B. Winchester
Apr 21 '06EDM 2 at DET 3 - OTK. Maltby
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