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Datsyuk has goal and assist; Kronwall nets winner in Red Wings' 2-1 victory over Oilers

Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 4:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Datsyuk has goal and assist; Kronwall nets winner in Red Wings' 2-1 victory over Oilers

DETROIT - Niklas Kronwall's third-period goal broke a tie, and Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist in the Detroit Red Wings' 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

Henrik Zetterberg had two assists, and Jimmy Howard made 23 saves for Detroit (6-4-1).

Justin Schultz scored the lone goal for Edmonton (4-4-3), and 40-year-old Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 28 shots in his first game of the season

Kronwall's power-play tally at 6:08 of the third period gave Detroit a 2-1 lead. His first goal of the season was scored with a slap shot from the high slot. It came as Edmonton's Chris VandeVelde served a penalty for hooking Justin Abdelkader.

The Red Wings killed off a two-man disadvantage that lasted 1:07 early in the third period.

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