Miller's late goal leads Wings past Oilers
Tuesday, 12.20.2011 / 12:22 AM
The Detroit Red Wings
' road game is finally starting to come around.
scored the game winner with 4:15 remaining in the third period Monday night as the Red Wings earned a 3-2 victory against the Edmonton Oilers
at Rexall Place.
Miller's goal came on a deflection off a point shot by Nicklas Lidstrom
. It was Detroit's third goal of the night that came off of a tip in.
and Jiri Hudler
also scored for the Red Wings (21-11-1), who have been on fire of late, winning 12 of their last 15.
The Wings are an impressive 13-2-1 at home, but have struggled on the road this season, making it a relief to get back to even in that category. Detroit improved to just 8-8-0 away from Joe Louis Arena.
"That's a stat we hear about a lot. It's nice to be back to .500," Henrik Zetterberg
said. "We didn't have our best game. They were skating a lot better than we did. But we kept grinding away and that's important to do on the road. It's a good start to this road trip as we have two more before we go home for Christmas."
and Jordan Eberle
scored for the Oilers (14-16-3), who have dropped four straight and nine of their last 11 contests.
"We played hard and I felt we were with them every step of the way," Edmonton coach Tom Renney said. "We worked hard and did a lot of good things. We have to stick with it. We can't feel sorry for ourselves. No one is going to hand you points. We have a couple of games to build on now and maybe we can start winning again."
Detroit started the scoring four and a half minutes into the first as Cleary redirected a backhand shot by Jakub Kindl
past Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin
Edmonton had its chances but couldn't beat Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard
. Taylor Hall
hit a post and also had a puck heading toward an open net on a partial breakaway that was fished safely away by Detroit defenseman Brad Stuart
With the victory, Howard became the first goalie in the NHL this season to reach the 20-win plateau.
The Oilers tied the game less than three minutes into the second period. Sam Gagner
chipped a puck up ice to give Jones, who beat Howard through the legs for his 11th goal of the season.
The Red Wings went up 2-1 with four minutes remaining in the second off a Ryan Whitney
giveaway as Hudler tipped a Zetterberg shot home.
Edmonton tied the game once again on a power-play goal with 0.5 seconds left in the second period when Eberle rifled a shot home from the slot.
Khabibulin came up big seven minutes into the third period to keep it a 2-2 game, making a huge stop on a point-blank shot from Zetterberg.
"We were tied heading into the third on the road and we just wanted to grind it out and not open ourselves up defensively," Lidstrom said. "We wanted to wait for our opportunity and our third line had a great night tonight. It was great to see Miller get that winning goal tonight. It's something we have to continue to build on."
Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.