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Oilers too slick for Wings

by Staff Writer / Detroit Red Wings
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Petr Sykora's first season with the Edmonton Oilers is off to a flying start.

Sykora scored the decisive goal late in the third period and fellow newcomer Joffrey Lupul added the clincher as the Oilers skated to a 3-1 triumph over the Red Wings.

Signed to a one-year contract in August, Sykora has blossomed thus far in the Oilers' system that features speed and rewards intelligent play. He has five goals -- including three game-winners -- and four assists in his first seven games with Edmonton, posting a plus-4 rating.

Sykora snapped a 1-1 tie with 6:21 remaining when he took a crisp outlet pass from rookie defenseman Ladislav Smid and skated in on a breakaway. The two-time 30-goal scorer gave a slight shoulder fake to Dominik Hasek before beating the six-time Vezina Trophy winner with a snap shot inside the left goalpost.

Lupul, acquired in the trade that sent star defenseman Chris Pronger to Anaheim in the offseason, added a breakaway tally of his own with 4:11 to play to seal the victory.

Dwayne Roloson made 26 saves and blue-liner Steve Staios also scored for the Oilers, who won for the fourth time in five games.

The Wings lost their third straight contest despite a highlight-reel goal from Pavel Datsyuk midway through the third period and 21 stops by Hasek.

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