The Detroit Red Wings continue to make sure Joe Louis Arena is a tough port of call for other National Hockey League teams this season.
The young Edmonton Oilers were the latest to learn there is no place like home for the veteran Red Wings, dropping a 3-0 decision on Thursday night.
Detroit is 9-4-2 at home this season, and only the Chicago Blackhawks (11-0-1) have more home wins this season. Edmonton is 4-6-3 on the road and has lost in each of its past seven visits to Joe Louis Arena.
Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, who spent long stretches without much activity, made 22 saves and was sharp on the few occasions Edmonton was able to breach the Detroit zone.
It is the second shutout of the season for Howard and the 13th of his career. He has allowed four goals in regulation in his past four starts.
Detroit has been quite stingy during its current 4-1-1 run, allowing more than two goals one time in that stretch, an 8-3 victory against the Vancouver Canucks on Feb. 24. The Red Wings have allowed six goals in the past five games.
With such defensive dominance -- Edmonton had 13 shots on goal in the first 40 minutes -- the two-goal outburst during a nine-minute stretch of the second period was enough to give Detroit some breathing room.
Kindl opened the scoring 3:16 into the middle period when he pinched in a bit from the blue line to corral a puck in the high slot and let go off a shot through traffic. Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk (26 saves) got a piece of the shot, but the puck managed to trickle across the goal line.
That goal by Kindl, who has provided the game-winner both times he has scored this season, seemed to give life to the Red Wings, who had not generated much offense in the first period.
Emmerton capped a sustained period of pressure with a pretty goal, coming off the bench on a player change to take the Oilers defense by surprise. Drew Miller, circling along the end boards as the rest of his line changed, picked up Emmerton as he steamed into the slot and hit the forward with a perfect pass for a quick-release shot that totally flummoxed Dubnyk.
Emmerton’s shot capped a six-shot barrage in a little less than three minutes.
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