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April 29, 2006

Edmonton Oilers 3, Detroit Red Wings 2 FINAL
FINAL 1 2 3 T
Edmonton   0 3 0 3
Detroit   0 1 1 2
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S. HORCOFF
Scored the game winner

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D. ROLOSON
Game winning goaltender

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DETROIT (AP) - The high-flying Detroit Red Wings are in danger of being grounded early for the third straight postseason.

Dwayne Roloson made 30 saves, Edmonton scored three goals in the second period and the Oilers held off Detroit 3-2 on Saturday to take a 3-2 lead in the first-round series.

If the Red Wings don't win Game 6 Monday night in Edmonton and Game 7 on Wednesday night at home, the NHL's top team during the regular season will be eliminated.

Detroit, which won the Stanley Cup in 2002, lost in the first and second rounds in the two postseasons prior to the lockout that wiped out last season.

"The pressure is on them, but at the same time, we want to close it out and win at home," said Edmonton's Chris Pronger, who made three assists in Game 5 and has seven points in the series. "We have to a killer instinct."

Fernando Pisani, Ryan Smyth and Shawn Horcoff had goals for Edmonton before Detroit's Brendan Shanahan scored on a breakaway with 1:21 left in the second period.

"We built 3-0 lead and I thought after that, we did a good job defensing it," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said.

The Red Wings had a power play with 4:06 remaining in the game, but didn't come close to scoring. They pulled Manny Legace with 1:49 to go, leading to Henrik Zetterberg's goal with 22 seconds left.

Horcoff got in the way of Nicklas Lidstrom's slap shot in the final seconds.

"I dove across and I got my hands in front of my face to stop it," Horcoff said.

Would it have been worth it to stop the blast with his face?

"Of course," Horcoff said.

Legace gave up two goals on the first seven shots he faced, and finished with 16 saves.

"I'm just playing average and average isn't good enough for the playoffs," Legace said. "You have to step it up in the playoffs. I don't feel I've taken my game to the next level."

Replacing Legace wasn't much of an option because rookie Jimmy Howard has been his backup since Chris Osgood injured his groin during the morning skate before Game 4.

Perhaps to preserve whatever confidence Legace still has, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock refused to criticize his goaltender.

"To me, you win as a team and you lose as a team," Babcock said when asked about Legace's performance.

Detroit was without captain Steve Yzerman (upper-body injury) for a second straight game.

"We're cautiously optimistic that he can get back," Babcock said.

After a scoreless first period, the Western Conference's eighth-seeded team took a stunning 3-0 lead in seven-plus minutes.

Pisani scored by redirecting Pronger's shot at 5:16 of the second period - as the Oilers were being outshot 12-6.

"In the first 25 minutes of the game, we had every chance to make it a big spread," Babcock said.

Jarret Stoll's shot hit Smyth and got past Legace a few minutes later.

Horcoff was credited with scoring off his own rebound in a four-on-four situation at 12:36 of the period. Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall blamed himself for not getting Horcoff away from the front of the net.

"That just can't happen," he said.

Notes: Detroit was 0-for-6 on the power play, and Edmonton was 1-for-4. ... Shanahan's goal was his first of the playoffs after he scored 40 in the regular season. ... Pisani has three goals in the series. ... Edmonton D Matt Greene, a native of Grand Ledge, Mich., was among the scratches after taking three penalties as Detroit won Game 4. ... One of the loudest cheers came in the second period when the Tigers' 18-1 victory over Minnesota was shown on the video board and announced to the crowd.

Other games on April 29, 2006

Three star selections:
1st:   CHRIS PRONGER
2nd:   DWAYNE ROLOSON
3rd:   BRENDAN SHANAHAN
Winning Goaltender:
DWAYNE ROLOSON
Losing Goaltender:
MANNY LEGACE


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