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Red Wings blank Oilers 2-0

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
Jason Smith almost drew first blood for Edmonton in the opening minute after a givewaway by Chris Chelios in his own zone resulted in a scoring chance. Smith's blast from the point was kicked away by Legace.

Five minutes in, Kris Draper fed Mark Mowers on a Detroit two-on-one. Mowers looked to have a wide open net but Roloson somehow got across in time to make a pad stop.

Edmonton penalty killers were tested early by the league's best power play after penalties to Radek Dvorak and Michael Peca put the team down two men. On the ensuing five-on-three, Shawn Horcoff actually had a scoring chance for the Oilers as he broke in on the left side before cutting in front and trying to beat Legace five-hole.

With 30 seconds left in the Peca penalty, Donald MacLean scored his first of the season. MacLean was stationed in front where he picked up the puck after Roloson denied Kronwall. He then deposited it into the open net for the goal.

Late in the period, Jason Woolley coughed the puck up to Dvorak in his own zone but the Oilers forward was unable to generate a scoring chance shorthanded.

After one period, shots on goal were 14-7 for Detroit.

Neither team was able to establish much dominance in the second period. Edmonton's best chance came after Jarret Stoll let a wrister go from the left circle. Legace turned it away and Pisani was unable to get the rebound as he was perched to the left of the Detroit netminder.

Detroit poured on the pressure late in the period with Moreau in the box for Edmonton. The Wings' best chance came after Holmstrom found Mikael Samuelsson in the slot but the puck skipped over his stick.

With time ticking down in the period, the Oilers came oh-so-close to tying it up. Moreau fed Dvorak who blasted it from inside the left point. Legace slid across to kick the puck out as it came within inches of crossing the goal line.

Shots on goal after two were 20-13 for Detroit.

The Red Wings struck early in the third period to double their lead. Kris Draper and Mark Mowers skated it in on a two-on-one. Draper elected to shoot from the right circle, beating Roloson to make it 2-0.

A Detroit penalty eight minutes in gave the Oilers a chance to claw back into the game. On the ensuing power play, the club had several good chances to make it a one-goal game including scoring opportunities by Samsonov and Torres but were unable to dent the twine.

With just under nine minutes to play, Sergei Samsonov found Smyth at the side post but his one-time attempt was denied by Legace as he came sliding across to make a pad save.

As time was winding down in the period, the Oilers had several more chances but couldn't solve Legace.

Edmonton outshot Detroit 16-7 in the third period.

NOTES: Dwayne Roloson made his 18th straight start tonight for Edmonton... Pavel Datsyuk, Mathieu Schneider and Robert Lang were all scratches for Detroit due to injury... With the shutout, the Red Wings registered their league-leading ninth of the season... Detroit improved to 37-0-2 when leading after two periods.
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