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RECAP: Red Wings 5, Oilers 2

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

DETROIT, MI –  Three-straight goals by Detroit gave them enough cushion and two empty-net goals finished off the Oilers in a 5-2 win for the Red Wings.

The Oilers fourth line was the first to score, doing so at 2:15 of the opening period. Boyd Gordon won the offensive zone draw and the puck was picked up by Matt Hendricks. The winger fired a shot on net and Klinkhammer jammed it home for his first goal as an Oiler.

“I’ve been snake bit here for a long time, so it’s nice to get that monkey off my back,” Klinkhammer said.

At one point in the first, the Oilers held a 9-0 shot advantage. Detroit did not get a shot through until 9:21 into the game. Edmonton finished the opening period up 14-7 in shots on goal.

With a tripping penalty to Oilers winger Matt Fraser carrying over to the second period, Detroit tied the game. With eight seconds left on the power play, and just 21 seconds into the middle frame, Niklas Kronwall fired a shot past Ben Scrivens. Kronwall was assisted by Erik Cole and Henrik Zetterberg.

Detroit made it 2-1 at 14:04 of the second period when Riley Sheahan scored from right out in front. Gustav Nyquist and Teemu Pulkkinen had the assists.

Pulkkinen scored at 10:40 of the third period to give Detroit a 3-1 lead. Pavel Datsyuk had the lone assist.

That goal came minutes after an Oilers power play generated a few scoring chances, but couldn’t finish. Nail Yakupov missed on an opportunity for a one-timer on that man advantage, but shook it off and connected on his next chance.

“He was definitely disappointed that he fanned on that one,” Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson said. “But he made sure on the second one he got a hold of it, and he did. He’s putting those bad things aside where if things don’t work out it’s not haunting him his next shift. He’s putting it to the side and now he’s playing a lot more confident hockey. When the puck came over again, he just had to bear down on it and it was a great shot.”

Yakupov buried a power play one-timer with 1:55 remaining in the game to make it 3-2. Justin Schultz and Jordan Eberle recorded the helpers.

With 1:04 remaining, Justin Abdelkader put away an empty netter to ruin the Oilers comeback bid. Datsyuk scored another on the empty net to make it 5-2.
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