NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Edmonton
(Saturday, March 18th)
Final Score: Detroit 4, Edmonton 3 (SO)
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Henrik Zetterberg had a goal in regulation and later recorded the game-sealing tally during the shootout to lift Detroit to a 4-3 victory over Edmonton at Rexall Place.
Zetterberg added an assist while Chris Chelios and Tomas Holmstrom both had goals for the Western Conference leading Red Wings, who posted their fifth consecutive win.
"Edmonton is a really good team so I'm kind of surprised where they're at in the standings," Zetterberg said. "Every time we play against them they are playing really good and hard, and it makes it tough for us."
Manny Legace made 25 saves before the shootout and stoned both Edmonton skaters he faced in the deciding segment.
The Oilers, who had a two-game win streak halted, received a goal and an assist from Fernando Pisani. Shawn Horcroff notched a pair of helpers in defeat.
Edmonton is tied with Los Angeles for sixth place in the Western Conference, just a point ahead of Vancouver and three in front of ninth-place Anaheim.
"Every point that you can get is critical obviously," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "I thought we never got a chance to get unwound in the overtime after killing all those penalties off. We fought back and got a point so we're marginally pleased."
Pisani sent the contest into extra time when he beat Detroit's Mathieu Schneider to the puck in the corner, then sent a backhand through Legace's legs with just 1:57 remaining in the third period to tie things at 3-3.
Neither team threatened in the five-minute overtime, and both teams' initial skaters failed to begin the shootout. Justin Williams then put the Red Wings up by sending the puck over Dwayne Roloson's left shoulder and into the top of the net.
After Legace denied Sergei Samsonov, Zetterberg put a wrister under Roloson's left arm for the clincher.
Roloson finished with 24 saves.
The Red Wings took an early 1-0 lead by cashing in on their first power-play chance, which came when Edmonton's Chris Pronger was sent off for shooting the puck over glass. Nicklas Lidstrom missed wide from the point, but Zetterberg converted the rebound near the midway point of the opening period.
Less than three minutes later, Edmonton's Jarret Stoll ripped a long shot through a screened Legace to tie the contest.
Steve Staios' slapper from just inside the blue line beat Legace stick-side with just over eight minutes to go in the second period gave the Oilers their first advantage of the night, but Detroit would draw even shortly afterward.
With the Wings back on a power play, Zetterberg found Chelios rushing up the right side and the legendary defenseman whisked a shot that got through Roloson's legs with 5:07 remaining before the intermission.
Holmstrom scored off the carom of Roloson's save on Daniel Cleary 4:12 into the third period to stake Detroit to a 3-2 lead.
Edmonton played in its league-leading 13th shootout. The Oilers are 6-7 in those games...All three meetings between the teams were tied after regulation. The Oilers won the first two in overtime...Jason Smith recorded his 100th point in an Edmonton uniform with an assist on Pisani's goal...Chelios' goal was his first since January 12, a span of 22 games...Detroit forward Brendan Shanahan had a six-game point streak snapped.
03/19 02:33:34 ET