NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Edmonton
(Thursday, November 17th)
Final Score: Edmonton 6, Detroit 5 (OT)
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Jarret Stoll scored 33 seconds into overtime to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 6-5 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in an exciting battle at Rexall Place.
Ryan Smyth scored twice and Ales Hemsky recorded a goal and three assists for the Oilers, who returned home after a seven-game road trip and won for the third time in their last four games. Ethan Moreau and Marc-Andre Bergeron also scored in the victory.
Jussi Markkanen made 23 saves for Edmonton, which also beat Detroit in overtime on November 3.
Steve Yzerman tied the game with a late goal and Brendan Shanahan, Pavel Datsyuk, Mikael Samuelsson and Johan Franzen also scored for Detroit, which has dropped three straight following a three-game winning streak. Chris Osgood allowed six goals on 28 shots in the loss.
After the visitors tied the game with a pair of goals in the waning minutes, the Oilers wasted little time in the extra session.
Skating 4-on-3 due to a penalty to Kirk Maltby with 13 seconds to go in the third period, Hemsky passed from the left half-wall up to Stoll. After drifting into the high slot, Stoll ripped home a slapshot and the Oilers skated off with the dramatic victory.
"(Hemsky) fed the puck to me at the point, and (Smyth) moved in front so I had a lane to shoot, and I managed to put it in the bottom corner," said Stoll.
Edmonton entered the third period trailing 3-1, but exploded for four goals to take control. All four goals were assisted by Shawn Horcoff, who tied a club record for the most assists in one period.
"You're down 3-1 and you haven't produced that much offensively in the first two periods, so guys start looking around to see who is up to the challenge," said Horcoff. "You obviously can't do that every night, but tonight everything we shot wound up in the net."
With 14:30 remaining in regulation, Bergeron followed up a flurry of shots with a blazing wrister from the left hash mark that beat Osgood up high and brought the Oilers within one.
Soon after, Smyth's first goal of the night and 10th of the season knotted the contest at the 6:59 mark. Hemsky's hard work keeping the puck behind the net resulted in a Smyth stuffer that was tucked inside the right post.
Just over a minute later, the Edmonton offensive continued while the Oilers were shorthanded. Moreau streaked through the slot, accepted a pass and deked to his backhand before both he and the puck slid into the net.
The second goal of the game for Smyth created a two-goal Edmonton advantage. Skating on the power play, Smyth corralled the puck, looped around the right circle and released a quick wrist shot past Osgood at 12:25.
However, as most teams in the NHL are finding out this season, no late lead is safe. The Red Wings proved it with a pair of tallies inside the final four minutes that sent the contest into overtime.
A redirection from the goal mouth by Shanahan on the power play with 3:20 to play in the third brought the Red Wings within a goal, and the visitors used the momentum to tie it up just over a minute later.
Yzerman was part of a scrum in front of the net and after a flurry of shots were saved by Markkanen, he eventually poked the disc under Markkanen's pads at 17:42.
Edmonton finished 3-for-8 on the power play, while Detroit scored twice on six chances with the extra skater.
The Oilers took a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal by Hemsky at 14:28 of the opening period. Just moments after he was robbed by Osgood from along the goal line to the left of the net, he remained in the same position and returned the favor.
Edmonton was skating 5-on-3 and worked the puck back to Chris Pronger at the left point. Pronger wound up as if to release a shot, but at the last moment passed to Hemsky, who ripped a one-timer. Osgood was able to get back into position, but the puck deflected off his helmet and into the net.
Less than two minutes after Pronger helped the Oilers score, his miscue led to Detroit's first goal. The All-Star defenseman, who very rarely makes an ill- advised breakout pass, did just that from his own goal line and it was intercepted at the right point by Samuelsson. A blazing shot by Samuelsson seconds later from the top of the circle beat Markkanen over the shoulder to the far side.
Both of Detroit's second-period goals -- which were scored in a 73-second span -- came in similar fashion and from near the same spot. Datsyuk's ninth goal of the season came at 3:37 from the top of the left circle before Franzen beat Markkanen from the high slot for a 3-1 Red Wings lead.
The Oilers will continue their three-game homestand against Chicago on Saturday...This marked the ninth game in the last 12 between these teams that went into overtime...Smyth now has 209 career goals as an Oiler, which ties him with Paul Coffey for fifth place on the club's all-time list...Attendance was 16,839.
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