Detroit had all the momentum for most of the first period, peppering Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson with shots.
Steve Staios and Danny Markov settled a score midway through the opening frame. The two dropped their gloves for a lengthy fight. Staios got the instigator in the bout, trying to settle a score from Ethan Moreau's injury back on October 21.
Detroit almost took the lead with seven minutes left in the period during a wild scramble in front. The puck was in the crease and Roloson had lost sight of it but it was swatted out of harm's way before Datsyuk could pick it up.
After one, Detroit had a huge 14-0 lead in shots but Roloson was keeping the Oilers in the game.
The Oilers finally managed a couple of shots in the first minute of the second period but the Red Wings continued on the attack and eventually scored the game's first goal.
Maltby's shot from the right point was tipped in the slot by Cleary through the five hole of Roloson.
Six minutes into the second, the Red Wings continued to pin Edmonton deep in their zone and increased their shot advantage to 22-2.
Just past the midway point of period two, Roloson slid across to make a nice pad save on a Jason Williams wraparound attempt. After the stop, Raffi Torres came across and belted Williams with a clean open-ice hit. Although it was a clean check, Williams had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher.
Roloson continued to come up big for Edmonton as the period went on. Johan Franzen slid the puck into the slot where Robert Lang backhanded it on net but Roloson was able to come across and make the huge save and keep his team in the game.
The Oilers' fourth line of Winchester, Petersen and Thoresen was able to get some sustained pressure in the Detroit zone 13 minutes into the period. During the shift, Winchester got two shots on Hasek and doubled the team's shot total for the game to four. One of the shots, an elusive wrister from the left circle, handcuffed Hasek but he still kept it out.
After two periods, shots on goal were 29-7 for Detroit but thanks to Roloson's stellar play they were only trailing by a goal.
Two minutes into the third, Winchester, Thoresen and Horcoff all jammed away at the puck during a scramble in front of Hasek. The result of the play was an Oilers man advantage as they attempted to tie it up.
However, on the ensuing power play the Red Wings created a turnover at their blueline and skated in on a three-on-two. Lidstrom's initital shot went wide but Zetterberg was able to bury the rebound from the left side.
Edmonton had a chance to get that goal back when Toby Petersen had a wide-open net after taking a cross-ice pass in the slot from Winchester but he didn't get enough wood on his one-timer attempt.
The Red Wings added a power play goal by Jiri Hudler to increase their lead to 3-0 late in the third.