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Red Wings defeat Oilers, stop winless streak at eight

Larkin has two points, Howard makes 31 saves for Detroit

by Dave Hogg / Independent Correspondent

Larkin's skillful power-play goal

EDM@DET: Larkin beats Koskinen in close for PPG

Dylan Larkin dances to the front of the crease and lifts a quick wrister past Mikko Koskinen for a power-play goal

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings ended their eight-game winless streak by defeating the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday.

Detroit (4-8-1) had gone 0-7-1 since a 4-2 victory at the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 10.

"This is really a great feeling," said Red Wings center Dylan Larkin, who had a goal and an assist. "I think we had built some good things in our last couple games and we stuck with it."


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Patrik Nemeth and Filip Hronek scored, and Jimmy Howard made 31 saves for the Red Wings.

"Our process had been pretty good in the last couple games, but we needed to get a win to build our confidence," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. "That's why it was huge to find a way to get this one done."

Video: EDM@DET: Nemeth goes upstairs with slap shot

Leon Draisaitl scored, and Mikko Koskinen made 25 saves for the Oilers (8-4-1). Edmonton is 1-3-1 in its past five games, scoring seven goals.

"We've got to find some scoring somewhere in our lineup," Oilers coach Dave Tippett said. "We juggled some people around to try to give some guys an opportunity. Some of it was good, and some of it wasn't so good. We didn't produce, so that's the part that isn't so good."

The Red Wings scored two first-period goals in 52 seconds.

Larkin gave Detroit a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 7:41, and Nemeth made it 2-0 at 8:33.

Less than two minutes later, Howard preserved the lead by stopping Connor McDavid in transition at 10:16.

"We have obviously got to find a way to get out of the gates better," said McDavid, the Edmonton captain. "That has to start tomorrow (against the Columbus Blue Jackets). It's exciting that we can go right back out there and start working to fix this."

Draisaitl's 10th goal of the season made it 2-1 at 12:48 of the third period.

Video: EDM@DET: McDavid connects with Draisaitl for tally

Koskinen stopped Andreas Athanasiou on a breakaway 21 seconds later at 13:09, and a video review confirmed the call on the ice that Athanasiou kicked the rebound into the net.

Athanasiou, who scored 30 goals last season, has not scored this season in 11 games.

"I don't know how many breakaways [Athanasiou] has had this season without scoring, but we all know that isn't going to continue," Blashill said. "He was great tonight, especially in the first period, and we know the goals will come."

The Oilers had a 4-on-3 power play for 1:34 after Larkin hooked Draisaitl at 13:35 of the third, and went with four forwards: McDavid, Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and James Neal. Edmonton got three shots but couldn't get the tying goal.

"You don't practice that much, but we had worked on it this morning with the four forwards out there," Tippett said. "Then we get one in the game. We had chances, but we came up short. That's how the game went."

Nemeth said the Red Wings penalty-killers had a simple focus.

"We did a really good job of taking away the one-timers from McDavid and Draisaitl," he said. "After that, it was a lot of sticks and saves."

Hronek scored into an empty net to make it 3-1 with 42 seconds left.


They said it

"We're not scoring. … I put a lot of that on myself right now. They're not going in for me. I've got to find a way, whether [it's] banking one off my legs and in or something like that. They've got to start going [in], so I take a lot of responsibility in that, and I want to get that going." -- Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who had six shots and has not scored in his past six games

"We just needed to keep making plays. You make defensive plays, you make offensive plays and the goalie makes saves. We were up 2-1 and had to kill a 4-on-3, and our guys made some good defensive plays and [Howard] made some real big saves. That's how you win in this league." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill


Need to know

McDavid had an assist to give him 394 points (134 goals, 260 assists) in his first 300 NHL games, the 11th-most in League history. He passed Teemu Selanne and Dale Hawerchuk, who each had 393 points through 300 games. … Howard is 15-3-2 with a 2.06 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in 20 games against the Oilers.


What's next

Oilers: At the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; SN360, SN1, FS-O, NHL.TV)

Red Wings: At the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-CR, FS-D, NHL.TV)

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