EDMONTON - Valtteri Filppula's goal with 1:26 to play in the third stood up as the winner as the Detroit Red Wings surged back to first place overall in the NHL with a 3-2 comeback victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
Jonathan Ericsson and Marian Hossa also scored for the Red Wings (49-16-9), who won for the fifth time in six games and moved a point ahead of idle San Jose for top spot in the Western Conference.
Denis Grebeshkov and Ales Kotalik replied for the Oilers (35-29-9), who lost their second in a row but remained in seventh place in the tight Western race, one point ahead of both Nashville and Anaheim.
Edmonton opened the scoring on a power play with 1:11 to go in the first, shortly after a two-man advantage had expired. Ales Hemsky sent a pass back to Grebeshkov at the point, and his knuckler found the top corner past Wings starter Ty Conklin.
Edmonton outshot Detroit 13-9 in the opening frame.
Detroit controlled the bulk of the play in the second period, badly out-shooting Edmonton 17-4, but Roloson stood tall to keep it a one-goal game to that point. His biggest save was a point blank grab on Johan Franzen with five minutes to play and the Wings on a power play.
The Red Wings had another big opportunity to draw even midway through the third as Filppula had a wide open net , but the Oilers were able to get a stick in the way and deflect the puck.
Edmonton couldn't keep the Wings off the scoreboard forever as Detroit scored on its 39th shot of the game with 8:45 to play to knot the game 1-1. Ericsson sent a shot off of Oilers defender Steve Staios and past Roloson for his first goal of the season.
Detroit quickly jumped out to a 3-1 lead with goals just 32 seconds apart in the final two minutes of play as Hossa scored with 1:58 to play, quickly added by Filppula's insurance marker.
That insurance was needed as Kotalik scored with one minute to play to make it 3-2, but the Wings were able to hang on for the win.
The Oilers return to the road to face Phoenix on Thursday while the Red Wings begin a four-game homestand against the New York Islanders on Friday.
Notes: It was the fourth and final meeting of the season between the two clubs. The Red Wings owned the first three games, outscoring Edmonton by a combined total of 16-6 With Liam Reddox out with a concussion, forward Marc Pouliot drew in on Edmonton's third line Detroit's Andreas Lilja's recovery from a concussion suffered in late February is going slowly and he has still yet to start riding a bike to work on his conditioning. However the Red Wings did get a player back from the injured list as forward Tomas Holmstrom returned from a knee injury.