NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Detroit
(Thursday, November 3rd)
Final Score: Edmonton 4, Detroit 3 (OT)
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Raffi Torres scored 1:51 into overtime, as the Edmonton Oilers snapped Detroit's nine-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory at Joe Louis Arena.
Chris Pronger had two assists while Shawn Horcoff and Ryan Smyth each had a goal and a helper for Edmonton, which has won four straight. Jussi Markkanen stopped 35 shots in goal.
"It's huge for us," Smyth said. "We knew these guys were experienced, and with the record they've got, it is something we wanted to build on."
Tomas Holmstrom scored twice and Jason Williams had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings, who would have set a franchise record for most consecutive wins had they gotten past Edmonton. Chris Osgood stopped 21 of 25 shots in net.
Torres scored his ninth goal of the season to give the Oilers the win. Steve Staios took the puck into the zone on the rush and spotted a streaking Torres in the front of the net. The left winger took the puck in stride and flicked it past Osgood.
"It's disappointing that we lost, we had some chances at the end," Osgood said. "I was kind of surprised we lost because we had so many good chances."
Edmonton got on the board first courtesy of a goal from Horcoff, who released a wrister from out in front that went off of Osgood's pads and into the net at 4:34 of the opening period.
Holmstrom evened the game at the 7:44 mark of the first period, netting a backhander that sailed over the glove of Markkanen.
The two teams would exchange goals in the second and third periods as well. Smyth stuffed home an Ales Hemsky pass from the right circle 5:37 in the second, and Holmstrom followed with a one-timer that beat Markkanen and again evened the game just over three minutes later.
In the third, Fernando Pisani redirected a Pronger shot in midair for his first goal of the season at the 4:11 mark. Detroit responded once again, however, as Williams' one-timer from the left circle found open space at 8:05 of the third and sent the game into overtime.
The Red Wings tied an NHL record with 25 points in their first 14 games. The last team to do it was Pittsburgh in 1994-95...Thursday's game marked the first of a seven-game road trip for the Oilers, who are 3-4 away from Edmonton this season...Edmonton's Cory Cross left game with a sprained left MCL in the second period.
11/03 23:21:19 ET