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April 27, 2006

Detroit Red Wings 4, Edmonton Oilers 2 FINAL
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Detroit   2 0 2 4
Edmonton   1 1 0 2
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N. LIDSTROM
Scored the game winner

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E. LEGACE
Game winning goaltender

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EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings scored three power-play goals, including Nicklas Lidstrom's game-winner on a two-man advantage in the third period, in a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.

The win that evened the playoff series after four games had Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish livid with referees Marc Joannette and Dean Warren.

"It's a different standard with those two," MacTavish said. "It seems like you get credited for having the courage to call everything."

"Maybe (only) one stretch we were able to roll four lines in succession," MacTavish said. "That's not the way we wanted to play."

Tomas Holmstrom and Henrik Zetterberg also scored power-play goals and Robert Lang had a goal and two assists for Detroit, which hosts Game 5 on Saturday.

"It's down to the best two-out-of-three now," Red Wings forward Kirk Maltby said. "These guys are going to keep coming until the series is over."

There were 19 penalties called in the game.

"That's the way they have been calling it in other series as well," Lidstrom said.

Fernando Pisani and Jaroslav Spacek scored power-play goals for Edmonton before a loud sellout crowd of 16,829 at Rexall Place.

"We can't be complaining like that," Oilers forward Raffi Torres said. "We took stupid penalties today and it cost us the game."

Detroit, which earned the President's Trophy for the best regular season record, avenged two straight losses while playing without captain Steve Yzerman who was out with a back injury.

"I think we're getting there," Lidstrom said after scoring his first goal of the playoffs at 6:44 of the third period after the Oilers contended an illegal pick was set on Jarret Stoll.

"I thought it could have easily been called," said MacTavish, who later admitted the loss may not have been all the referees' fault. "We contributed to our own demise."

Mathieu Schneider had three assists for the Red Wings.

"We feel we're getting better as this series goes on," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "And we think we'll continue to get better."

Edmonton appeared to score the tying goal midway through the third period on a wraparound by Ryan Smyth, but a video review concluded a sprawling Manny Legace got his glove on the puck in time. The soft-spoken Legace thought the refereeing was nothing special.

"The first three games I thought they let a lot more go," said Legace, who finished with 24 saves. "But tonight was just like a normal regular-season game."

The Red Wings had seven power-play chances in the first two periods, but scored just once when Holmstrom crowded the crease for a tip-in on another 5-on-3.

Lang gave Detroit a 2-1 lead with 37 seconds left in the first period on a pinball goal that went in off the skate of Spacek.

Pisani scored the game's first goal from the right circle in the first period after Torres worked through two defenders to earn his first playoff assist.

Spacek tied the game 2-2 in the second with a one-timer off a cross-ice feed from Ales Hemsky for Edmonton's second goal on 10 shots.

Zetterberg backhanded the fourth goal in the third period with Hemsky off for tripping.

The Red Wings were 3-for-11 on the power play and outshot Edmonton 31-26 after losing 4-3 in double overtime on Tuesday night. There were 19 penalties called in Game 4.

Yzerman was a game-time scratch.

"He tried and he couldn't get going," Babcock said. "I think he'll be fine."

Notes: Rookie D Matt Greene took three penalties in his playoff debut for the Oilers in place of veteran DickTarnstrom (right hip injury). ... F Ethan Moreau also made his playoff debut for Edmonton, replacing Todd Harvey, who has an upper body injury. ... Fans started throwing debris on the ice in the third period, eliciting a plea from the public address announcer.

Other games on April 27, 2006

Three star selections:
1st:   NICKLAS LIDSTROM
2nd:   CHRIS PRONGER
3rd:   ROBERT LANG
Winning Goaltender:
MANNY LEGACE
Losing Goaltender:
DWAYNE ROLOSON


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