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