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Oilers win it in double overtime!

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers

Detroit looked to have the game won after a shot from the side boards eluded Roloson but upon further review, it appeared the puck went through the side of the net and was disallowed.

"The thing that struck me was the euphoria the Red Wings were going through was uncharacteristically high," Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish stated. "We've been dead a couple of times on those video reviews so it's nice to get one going the other way."

The net in question was replaced with a practice net and after the wash out, Edmonton started to find its legs once again.

"We had a difficult time overcoming the disappointment of the second goal they scored. It took us until midway through the first overtime before we started to get our game back," said MacTavish.

1:30 later, Samsonov almost jammed the puck in from the side after rushing into the Red Wings zone. Samsonov came off the side boards and lifted a backhander that Legace saved.

After four periods of play, shots were 39-27 for the visitors.

In the latter part of the first OT and in the second overtime, the Oilers had some success with a line consisting of Ryan Smyth, Radek Dvorak and Shawn Horcoff. The trio almost teamed up to end the game a minute into the fifth period on a tipped shot by Smyth.

"Anytime you get two of the first three games go to double overtime you like to think it's going to even out," MacTavish said. "Especially after you lost the first one."

Edmonton continued to pressure until it eventually resulted in the winning goal.

The Oilers were buzzing around the net just before the winning goal by Stoll, and Samsonov's attempted wraparound almost went in. The puck then took a fortunate bounce to Stoll in the slot where he lifted it past a fallen Legace to get the winner.

Detroit head coach Mike Babock thought it was the Wings' best game of the three so far in the series.

"Tonight I thought we played not bad, and we'll be fine," Babcock said after the game.

Detroit had the game's first scoring chance. With the puck loose in the Edmonton crease and the Oilers scrambling, the Red Wings were unable to lift the puck over a sprawled Dwayne Roloson.

There was some question as to whether the puck crossed the line as it went to video review but upon further examination, it was ruled no goal.

The Oilers' first scoring chance came off the stick of Ryan Smyth as he rifled a shot that from the right circle that Legace had trouble with. Smyth picked up his own rebound, circled behind the Detroit net before dishing it to Brad Winchester.

Winchester took the puck and dished it to Jaroslav Spacek at the left circle where he wired it past Legace to give Edmonton a 1-0 lead.

Edmonton almost made it 2-0 when some strong cycling down low by Smyth and Horcoff resulted in a point-blank scoring chance. Their hard work did pay off, however as a penalty was drawn after Zetterberg hooked Horcoff behind the Wings' net.

On the ensuing man advantage, Johan Franzen clubbed Smyth in front, putting Edmonton on a two-man advantage. The five-on-three was shortlived, however, as Hemsky was sent off for hooking Chelios four seconds later. Seconds after that, Smyth was ticketed for goaltender interference, giving Detroit their first power play of the night.

Detroit took full advantage, scoring on a Zetterberg tip-in after Mathieu Schneider took a blast from the point.

As the period was winding down, the Oilers started to pour on the pressure. Marc-Andre Bergeron teed up a blast from the point that was stopped but the Oilers were able to pick up the puck and the cycle eventually found Smyth behind the net, who wrapped it around to make it a 2-1 game. Winchester and Horcoff drew assists on the play.

Edmonton had a two-man advantage to close out the first which carried over to the second period.

Shots on goal after the opening period were 11-9 for Edmonton.

While the Oilers did not capitalize on their two-man advantage, they did click on another power play several minutes later. Raffi Torres lifted one past Torres to double Edmonton's lead to 3-1.

After Edmonton's goal, the two teams played a solid six minutes of end-to-end action with each side trading chances off the rush. Edmonton's best chance came off the stick of Horcoff as his blast attempted to go five-hole on Legace but was denied.

Detroit outshot Edmonton 6-4 in the middle frame and the shot count was 15-15 after 40 minutes.

Torres had a great chance early in the third period to score his second of the night. He blistered a wrist shot on goal but Legace made a nice save, blocking the puck with his arm.

Nine minutes into the period, Detroit had a relentless forecheck going and eventually drew a penalty after Rem Murray was sent off for holding.

Edmonton did a good job killing off the penalty, in particular Ryan Smyth created several scoring chances off the rush to eat some minutes off the clock.

With 8:14 to play in the period, Marc-Andre Bergeron took a high-sticking penalty and Detroit capitalized for their second power-play goal of the game.

Jason Williams found Zetterberg in the slot for a one-timer that beat Roloson to make it a 3-2 game. 18 seconds later, Mathieu Schenider blasted a puck off the faceoff after Yzerman won the draw to tie it up.

"Those faceoff goals are huge ones to give up," said MacTavish. "I'd like to have that one back."

With 5:53 to play, Chris Chelios ran Hemsky from behind into the boards with no call which ignited the wrath of the Rexall Place faithful.

Shots on goal 14 minutes into the third were 12-4 for Detroit.

With time dwindling down in the period, Samsonov kicked the puck over to Hemsky in the neutral zone, sending him in for a scoring opportunity. His shot from the high slot was gloved by Legace to keep the game tied.

With 1:17 to play in the third, Nicklas Lidstrom was sent off for holding giving Edmonton a chance to win the game on a power play.

After regulation time, the shots were 29-20 for the Red Wings.

The first good scoring chance went to Detroit as Tomas Holmstrom tipped the puck in front but Roloson stuck out his leg to make a nice pad save.

Edmonton's mettle was tested 4:28 into the extra frame when Spacek took a hooking penalty to give Detroit its eighth power play.

Detroit cycled the puck well on the ensuing power play but Edmonton was able to hold off the Detroit attack. Just as it was about to expire, Jarret Stoll created a turnover at the Edmonton blueline and went in on a partial break. He was hooked from behind, drawing a Detroit penalty.

The penalty parade continued after Michael Peca was sent off for hooking 8:29 into the OT period. Edmonton was able to kill that off as well.

NOTES: Both teams went with the same lineup as Sunday afternoon... Spacek's goal was his first career NHL playoff goal... With two assists, Winchester had the first multi-point game of his career... Smyth has moved into 18th place on Edmonton's all-time playoff scoring list with 29 points... The goal by Torres was his first career playoff goal... Pronger increased his scoring streak to three games... Tonight was the 40th playoff overtime game in Oilers history (21-18) and 78th in Red Wings history (34-44)... This is the ninth time that the Oilers have had a game go to double overtime in their history (5-4)... Yzerman left the game in the first OT with an upper body injury.
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