Nicklas Lidstrom's shot hit the stick of Edmonton's Andrew Cogliano and caromed into the net, tying the game with 24.8 seconds left in the third period. Pavel Datsyuk scored with 42 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Red Wings an improbable 2-1 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night, snapping a four-game losing streak.
Lidstrom was actually trying to shoot wide when he teed up his slapper at the left point.
"They had a guy come out in the shooting lanes and I couldn't get it on net so I tried to shoot it wide because I knew we had players over there," Lidstrom said. "I think the goalie reacted to the shot going wide. It got tipped and he couldn't get back in position."
Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk had held the Red Wings at bay until Cogliano, who was high in the slot, deflected the puck. Dubnyk couldn't kick out his right pad in time to prevent the puck from sliding slowly into the net.
"Unfortunate bounce," Dubnyk said. "It was tough to get a read."
"The last two weeks, it's almost like we were one of the worst teams in the league," Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg said. "We've got to realize we're a good team. When we have our chances, got to believe in ourselves and make plays instead of just panicking and stressing and doing the wrong plays."
Ryan Jones scored in the first period for Edmonton, and Dubnyk made it stand up until Lidstrom's tying goal. He finished with 42 saves.
The Red Wings went 0 for 6 on the power play, including a two-man advantage they had for 1:25 in the third. Both teams called timeouts during that 5-on-3 situation, but Dubnyk was able to stop Datsyuk when he tried to jam the puck in from to the left of the net.
"We were definitely frustrated. We had lots of chances," Datsyuk said. "Their goalie played well today - big guy."
Edmonton outshot Detroit 8-6 in the first period and had most of the best scoring chances early. Howard stopped Jones on a breakaway, then Alexandre Giroux split two defenders but couldn't convert.
The Oilers finally did score on a harmless-looking shot from the left boards by Jones that slipped under Howard's right pad for his 15th goal of the season.
The margin almost held up, and Oilers coach Tom Renney praised his team.
"I was proud of our hockey club tonight," Renney said. "We stuck to our game plan and we stuck to our strategy. Our penalty-killing was outstanding."
Material from wire services and team media was used in this report
|Power Play %||19.5%||16.7%|
|% on Road||19.0%||21.2%|
|% at Home||20.0%||13.3%|
|Andrew Cogliano Slashing against Brad Stuart|
|Shawn Horcoff Interference against Valtteri Filppula|
|Ryan Jones Roughing against Johan Franzen|
|Tomas Holmstrom Slashing against Alexandre Giroux|
|Valtteri Filppula Hooking against Liam Reddox|
|Tom Gilbert Tripping against Daniel Cleary|
|Jim Vandermeer Cross checking against Pavel Datsyuk|
|Drew Miller Hi stick - double minor against Andrew Cogliano|
|Gilbert Brule Tripping against Justin Abdelkader|