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Oilers 3-2 in Game and Series!

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
The first penalty of the game went to Edmonton. Dwayne Roloson tripped Holmstrom in front, putting Detroit on the power play.

Edmonton had a chance to take the lead on a power play of their own several minutes later. Ales Hemsky danced into the Detroit zone and tried to tuck the puck in around Legace but lost the puck at the side of the net.

The Oilers ran into some more penalty trouble midway through the period. Ryan Smyth was sent off for slashing followed shortly thereafter by a holding infraction on Jarsolav Spacek. Detroit was already down a man, giving them a four-on-three man advantage.

Shots on goal 12 minutes into the first were 8-1 for Detroit.

With 6:43 to play in the opening period, Niklas Kronwall was denied on a backhand in the slot by Roloson.

With play going back the other way, Smyth was close to getting one for the Oilers. His shot from the left circle was denied on a nice shoulder save by Legace.

After the first scoreless opening period of the series, the Red Wings outshot the Oilers 11-4.

Early in the second, the Oilers started to steal some momentum away from the Oilers and it eventually resulted in the game's first goal.

Chris Pronger corralled the puck in the left circle and fired it on Legace. It was tipped in front by Pisani, beating the Wings netminder under his right arm to give Edmonton a 1-0 lead.

Edmonton had a chance to double their lead after a penalty to Brendan Shanahan for holding the stick and did just that.

Jarret Stoll's blast was tipped by Ryan Smyth in front and past Legace to make it 2-0.

Past the midway point of the period, Raffi Torres redirected a shot on the Detroit net. Legace was able to come across and make the save.

Edmonton had a shortlived power play come to an end after Chelios first elbowed Smyth in the chops and then dove to draw a tripping penalty.

But that didn't stop the Oilers. Jason Smith's shot from the left point was stopped in front by Horcoff. The Edmonton forward then banged away at it in front until it finally found its way in.

Late in the period, Michael Peca was tripped up while cutting across the Detroit zone, forcing a turnover and eventually a breakaway for Brendan Shanahan.

Shanahan made no mistake, whistling the puck five-hole on Roloson to make it a 3-1 game.

Shots after two periods were 21-15 for the Red Wings.

Roloson came up with a huge save nine minutes into the third, diving across to save the puck after it deflected off Staios in front.

For most of the period, the Oilers played a stifling defensive style, limiting Detroit's chances to the outside.

Fernando Pisani walked in on the right side and tried to deke Legace in front. but his shot deflected high over the net.

Detroit made it a 3-2 game on a Henrik Zetterberg shot from the slot area with 20 seconds left in regulation. Zetterberg's one timer beat Roloson five hole.

With time winding down and Detroit pressing for the equalizer, Horcoff dove across and blocked a shot with his face.

NOTES: Dick Tarnstrom was back in the lineup which meant Matt Greene was a healthy scratch... Detroit went with the same lineup as Thursday night... The Oilers are now 4-2 in Game 5 situations when the series is tied 2-2... Ales Hemsky was reunited with linemates Ryan Smyth and Shawn Horcoff for a good portion of the game... Chris Pronger only logged 27:29 of ice-time today.
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