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Oilers head home with series tied 1-1!

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
The newly-minted line of Shawn Horcoff, Ryan Smyth and Brad Winchester made an impact early, creating some offence deep in the Detroit zone in the early minutes.

Although the Oilers had the territorial advantage over the first eight minutes, the only shot on goal during that time was a tip in front by Holmstrom.

The play carried back up ice where Edmonton had a couple of good chances. Fernando Pisani just missed on a backhand attempt from the slot as Legace scrambled to come across the crease. On the next shift, Legace intercepted a cross-ice pass by Dvorak with Rem Murray in front.

The first penalty of the game went to Detroit's Kris Draper after he high sticked Todd Harvey along the side boards. The power play was shortlived as Hemsky took a high sticking penalty of his own 34 seconds later.

With both teams playing four-on-four, the Oilers capitalized for the game's first goal. Chris Pronger blasted a shot from the left point that was tipped in front by Horcoff.

Several minutes later, Detroit came back to tie it up as Jason Williams kicked it from behind the goal line and the puck took an unfortunate bounce off the right pad of Roloson and in.

After one period of play, shots on goal were 13-8 for Detroit but the game was tied 1-1.

Edmonton had a power play early in the second and came within inches of scoring. Legace slid across to deny Smyth on the one-timer.

The Red Wings scored their second of the game to take a 2-1 lead 7:11 into the middle frame. Niklas Kronwall blasted a shot from the point that hit Roloson in the mask and Henrik Zetterberg was perched right at the doorstep to put the rebound in.

As the period went on, the Oilers started to carry the play pressing for the equalizer. On one particular series, the club cycled the puck for an entire shift before setting up Spacek at the left circle but the Oilers defenceman fanned on his shot.

The pressure the Oilers were putting on Detroit paid off with a pair of goals 57 seconds apart late in the second.

Michael Peca stripped Kirk Maltby of the puck in the corner before throwing it to Pisani in the slot. Pisani made no mistake, jamming it past Legace to tie the game.

57 seconds later, Brad Winchester wristed a shot from the high slot that beat Legace high to the glove side, giving Edmonton a 3-2 lead. The goal was Winchester's first in the NHL, playoffs or regular season.

Shots after two periods were 21-16 Detroit with each team getting eight in the middle frame.

The Oilers came close to doubling their lead early in the third when Peca had the puck alone in the slot but rang his shot off the post.

Several minutes later, it was Detroit that came within inches of scoring after Steve Yzerman's shot rang off the left post behind Roloson.

With 9:52 remaining in the third, Dan Cleary took a hooking penalty to give the Oilers a chance to pot the insurance marker and more importantly eat some valuable time off the clock.

While shorthanded, Henrik Zetterberg intercepted a Ryan Smyth pass and went in on a breakaway. Roloson made a brilliant glove save to keep the Oilers in front.

After the power play ended, it was all Detroit as the Red Wings pressed for the equalizer with minutes ticking down in the third.

The Oilers did a good job in the final minutes, limiting Detroit's chances to the outside. Jarret Stoll added an empty netter to clinch the victory. The goal came after winning a key faceoff over Steve Yzerman in the defensive zone.

NOTES: Pavel Datsyuk returned to the lineup for Detroit after missing Game 1 with a leg injury. As a result, Mark Mowers was a healthy scratch. Brad Winchester drew into Edmonton's lineup with Georges Laraque drawing out. Winchester played alongside Ryan Smyth and Shawn Horcoff on the top line, scoring his first NHL goal in his playoff debut.
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