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GAME STORY: Red Wings 3, Oilers 1

Leon Draisaitl scored his 10th of the season but the Oilers dropped a 3-1 decision to the Red Wings on the road

by Paul Gazzola /

DETROIT, MI - Fifty-two seconds.

Two goals 52 seconds apart by the Detroit Red Wings would stand as enough for the Oilers to lose a 3-1 decision at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday, as Dylan Larkin cut inside on the power play to get the Red Wings on the board at 7:41 of the first, only to have Patrik Nemeth walk in and unload a glove-side clapper less than a minute later.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game at DET 10.29.19





The Oilers road trip continues with a match against Columbus on Wednesday. The game can be seen on Sportsnet 360 & One and heard on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED. Puck drop is 5:38 PM MDT.


"They came out hard," Coach Dave Tippett said post-game of his club's opponent.

"It's a heck of a lot harder to chase the game than to play with the lead. That's frustrating for us."

Tippett - seeking more offence throughout his lineup by mixing and matching his forward units - was unable to get the secondary scoring he was looking for.

Edmonton, down 2-0 and out-shot 23-15 to enter the third period, sought their first road goal since James Neal netted one in Chicago just over two weeks ago.

Leon Draisaitl changed that with a relentless effort in the final frame, orchestrating a give-and-go with Connor McDavid to net his 10th of the year.

McDavid finished the night with the single helper, increasing his career point total to 394 and earning sole possession of 11th all-time in points through a player's first 300 contests.

That was all the offence the Oilers could muster on the night despite peppering Red Wings netminder Jimmy Howard with 17 shots in the third period alone.

"It's just a matter of finding a way to score," Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said.

"I take a lot of responsibility with that and got to get going."

The opposing keeper ended the night with 31 saves, while Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen recorded 25 saves on 27 shots.

"We got to find some scoring in our lineup somewhere," Tippett, emphasizing the need for more offence, said.

"Sooner or later, someone is going to capitalize on those opportunities. We're a little dry right now but hopefully, they will come."

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The Oilers best chance to find the equalizer came late in the game when Larkin hooked Draisaitl while playing 4-on-4 to give Edmonton a 4-on-3 advantage. Tippett doled out a four-forward unit for the man-advantage, with McDavid, Draisaitl, Nugent-Hopkins and James Neal knocking on the door but coming up short.

"It's funny, you don't practice 4-on-3 very often and we actually practiced it this morning at practice," said Tippett of the situation. "It was ironic that we got one but we didn't do much with it."

There's no time for the Oilers to dwell on their latest loss as the club travels to Columbus for a match against the Blue Jackets on Wednesday.

"I thought we did a good job battling back in the third and making it a game there with a bunch of opportunities to tie it but we started too late again," said McDavid.

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