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Kronwall gives Red Wings win against Oilers

by Paul Harris /

DETROIT -- Niklas Kronwall scored 26 seconds into overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Joe Louis Arena on Friday.

Kronwall scored his first goal of the season from the right circle, converting a pass from Dylan Larkin on a 2-on-1.

"[Larkin] made a really nice play to get out of the zone and then he just held it and held it," Kronwall said. "When he put the pass right on my stick, I knew I had to get it on net, but I was happy when it went in."

Edmonton goalie Cam Talbot said he was partially screened by defenseman Oscar Klefbom.

"I don't know how it got through him," Talbot said. "I thought [Kronwall] was going short side but it was glove side."

The goal came a few seconds after Kronwall lost the puck to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in front of the Detroit net, but Nugent-Hopkins fell and lost control.

"I think I'm one of the few goalies who likes 3-on-3, but I think it is a lot of fun. You can never relax when it is going on like that," Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard said. "Nugent-Hopkins made a great play, but our guys swarmed him, and all of a sudden it's going the other way and in the net."

Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and Larkin had a goal and an assist each for Detroit (12-8-3), which led 2-0 in the second period. Howard made 21 saves.

"I thought we played extremely well, for the first half of the game, but I wasn't happy with about the last eight minutes of the second or any of the third," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "We were immature in the second half of the game instead of doing what we needed to finish it off."

Iiro Pakarinen scored twice, and Andrej Sekera had a goal for Edmonton (7-14-2); Talbot made 28 saves.

"It's very nice to score some goals, but at the end of the night we lost the game and we can't be happy about it," Pakarinen said.

Pakarinen capitalized on a giveaway by Darren Helm in his zone to tie the game 3-3 with his second goal of the game 8:45 into the third period. The shot from the right circle that deflected off Howard's glove on the short side was Pakarinen's third goal of the season.

Detroit has blown a third-period lead in four of its past six games.

"We have to find a way to get some security with the lead. We didn't do that again tonight," Kronwall said.

The Red Wings led 3-2 after five goals were scored in the second period.

Detroit took the lead on Larkin's goal with 36 seconds left. He got a backhand pass from Henrik Zetterberg, cut in off the left wing and put a backhand past Talbot as he crossed the top of the crease.

Nyquist gave Detroit a 1-0 lead at 5:11 when he put in a rebound off a goal-mouth scramble.

"There were a lot of bodies in front of that net, and I was just trying to get my stick in there and do something," Nyquist said. "I'm still not sure exactly what happened."

The Oilers challenged the goal to review if Mike Green interfered with Talbot as he skated through the crease after taking the original shot.

Tatar made it 2-0 with 7:53 left on a shot from inside the right circle.

Pakarinen made it 2-1 with 4:43 left on a one-timer from the inside edge of the left circle. Sekera's power-play goal with 3:14 left in the period tied it; his second goal of the season came on a one-time slap shot from the high slot.

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