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game recap

Wings blank Oilers 3-0

Friday, 11.11.2011 / 10:42 PM

NHL.com

Three Stars of the Game
Jimmy Howard
1st
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 18-18
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: 1.000SH: 1-1
Drew Miller
2nd
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 10:08
Justin Abdelkader
3rd
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 5
+/-: 1TOI: 12:35

Jimmy Howard outplayed the NHL's hottest goaltender Friday night.

Howard was flawless in stopping all 24 shots he faced as the Detroit Red Wings blanked the Edmonton Oilers 3-0.

Howard has two shutouts in a week and three for the season. He's tied for the NHL lead with Nashville's Pekka Rinne and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings.

"He's been our best player so far this year, together with Nick (Lidstrom)," said defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who scored Detroit's second goal.

The Wings became the first team this season to score more than twice against Edmonton's Nikolai Khabibulin, who came into the game with a 7-0-2 record and an NHL-low 0.98 goals-against average. Khabibulin was often superb in stopping 27 of 30 shots, but got no offensive support as the Oilers lost for the second time in as many nights and fell to 2-3-0 on their six-game road trip.

Though the Wings scored just three times, they had much the better of play.

"There more you play in their zone, the more fun it is anyway," coach Mike Babcock said.

Edmonton has lost three of four after winning six in a row and was shut out for the first time this season.

"We want to get our game going the right way," Oilers forward Taylor Hall said. "It's simple hockey but the last few games haven't been that."

Detroit has won three straight after a six-game losing streak.

Drew Miller opened the scoring 10:35 into the game, beating Khabibulin with a quick shot after the puck caromed off two Oilers for his first of the season.

Kronwall's slap shot from the blue line 2:05 into the second beat Khabibulin high to the blocker side to put Detroit ahead 2-0.

"We just tried to fire as many pucks as possible on the goaltender," Kronwall said.

Valtteri Filppula put the game away with 5:08 left in regulation by converting a centering pass from Henrik Zetterberg to finish a 2-on-1 break.

"We had small successes along the way, but that's a good team that took advantage," Oilers coach Tom Renney said. "Our battle level weaned as time went on."

The Oilers will try to avert their first three-game losing streak this season when they visit Chicago on Sunday. Khabibulin knows they can't give the Hawks the same kind of chances they allowed to the Red Wings.

"Everything's correctable if you want to correct it," Khabibulin said. "We're still learning, we're still a young team. We're going to make mistakes."

Material from team media was used in this report

scoring summary
1st Period
10:35
DET
Drew Miller (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrick Eaves (1)
1 - 0 DET
2nd Period
02:05
DET
Niklas Kronwall (3) Slapshot - ASST: Jiri Hudler (4), Justin Abdelkader (2)
2 - 0 DET
3rd Period
14:52
DET
Valtteri Filppula (3) Tip-in - ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (3), Johan Franzen (6)
3 - 0 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
15:30
EDM
Theo Peckham  Tripping against  Drew Miller
2nd Period
02:51
EDM
Lennart Petrell  Misconduct (10 min) against  Justin Abdelkader
02:51
EDM
Lennart Petrell  Instigator - face shield against  Justin Abdelkader
02:51
EDM
Lennart Petrell  Instigator against  Justin Abdelkader
02:51
DET
Justin Abdelkader  Fighting (maj) against  Lennart Petrell
02:51
EDM
Lennart Petrell  Fighting (maj) against  Justin Abdelkader
05:30
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Interference against  Ryan Jones
11:40
DET
Jiri Hudler  Too many men/ice - bench
19:44
EDM
Andy Sutton  Hi-sticking against  Darren Helm
3rd Period
03:07
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Holding against  Taylor Hall
06:04
EDM
Tom Gilbert  Interference against  Justin Abdelkader
07:45
EDM
Ryan Jones  Slashing against  Daniel Cleary
goalie stats
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 0
Jimmy Howard
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 18 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1