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Oilers recover for shootout win

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
For the second time in as many games, the Oilers put the fourth line of Brad Winchester, Marty Reasoner and Patrick Thoresen on the ice to start things off.

Detroit had Joey MacDonald in goal, making his first career NHL start.

The Oilers had a couple of chances early on. Fernando Pisani tried to jam the puck in from the top of the crease but it went off the side of the net. Seconds later, Ryan Smyth undressed a Wings defender while skating down the left side before wristing it on goal. MacDonald caught the puck in his chest.

A minute later, Roloson made a sparkling glove save to keep the game scoreless. Henrik Zetterberg one-timed a shot from the left hashmarks and the Oilers netminder gloved it down.

4:38 into the game, the Oilers' Shawn Horcoff struck for his second of the season to make it 1-0. Smyth took the puck in the corner, spun and found Horcoff between the circles. His one timer beat MacDonald glove side.

Detroit had a great chance to tie it up while killing a penalty. Kris Draper and Zetterberg broke in on a two-on-one with Bergeron the lone defender. Zetterberg got Bergeron to commit before sliding it across to Draper. Roloson gloved Draper's shot awkwardly as he spun around.

After a very lengthy video review, it was finally ruled that it was a goal.

Midway through the period, Hemsky had a loose puck in front of the net and batted it out of midair but it went wide of the net.

The Oilers took the lead again on a weird play. Steve Staios teed up a shot from the right point that was stopped by MacDonald. However, the rebound went off referee Dean Warren and right to Lupul who backhanded it in off the pads of a stunned Joey MacDonald.

A giveaway at the Edmonton blueline by Winchester almost led to Detroit's second goal. Datsyuk stole the puck and then skated back towards the net. He found Dan Cleary wide open with a pass but Cleary's shot was stopped on a miraculous diving save by Roloson.

After one, shots on goal were 16-10 for Detroit but Edmonton had a one-goal lead.

The second period started with some flow and very few whistles as the action went end-to-end. By the five-minute mark, Detroit scored to tie the game. Cleary picked up the puck behind the net and passed it to Danny Markov at the right circle. Markov's screened shot found its way through Roloson and it was 2-2.

Detroit continued to carry the play in period two. At one point, they had the Oilers pinned in their zone for well over a minute. The Wings cycled the puck well and didn't let the Oilers get possession as they moved it around the perimeter.

With five minutes to play in the middle frame, Valtteri Filppula skated into the Oilers zone at full speed. After driving to the net, he attempted a backhand shot that Roloson had to be sharp in saving.

30 seconds later, Datsyuk looked to have a clear-cut breakaway on Roloson but Staios dove and knocked the puck off his stick in a great defensive play.

Shots on goal after two were 25-13 in favour of the Red Wings.

Edmonton had some chances to take the lead on an early third-period power play. Ryan Smyth broke towards the net but couldn't get in close enough to tuck the puck in past MacDonald. On the next shift, Smyth backhanded it in the slot but didn't get everything on the attempt.

The Oilers took the power play and got some momentum out of it. Pisani had a dangerous rush up ice but couldn't get the puck on goal as he drove towards the net.

Several minutes later, Petr Sykora just narrowly missed the net on a one-timer from the top of the right circle but on the next shift, Raffi Torres carried the puck into the Detroit zone and blasted the puck by MacDonald after skating over the blueline.

Detroit put on some huge pressure late in the game in an effort to send the game to overtime. During the scramble in front, Roloson lost his stick and Jiri Hudler was able to find an opening on the short side. He flicked it past Roloson to tie the game with 3.9 seconds to play.

After regulation, shots were 37-20 for the Red Wings.

In OT, Detroit carried most of the play with their best chance coming on a Lidstrom slapper from the top of the left circle. It was tipped wide by an Edmonton defender.

Hemsky also made a nice defensive play with the puck loose in the crease during a scramble in front, he scooped it up and took it back up ice for an Oilers chance.

Shootout Results:

Hemsky, Sykora, Smyth, Lupul, Pisani, Thoresen, Torres

Hudler, Williams, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Cleary, Samuelsson, Lang
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