NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Edmonton|
(Saturday, February 4th)
Final Score: Edmonton 5, Detroit 4 (SO)
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins netted the game-winning
goal in the sixth round of the shootout, sending the Edmonton Oilers to a 5-4
win over the Detroit Red Wings at Rexall Place.
Nugent-Hopkins, who returned to the lineup for the first time since suffering
a left shoulder injury on January 2, picked up the puck at center ice and went
in deliberately on Wings goalie Joey MacDonald. Nugent-Hopkins faked forehand-
backhand and fired a quick wrist shot to the blocker side of MacDonald.
Devan Dubnyk stopped Danny Cleary on Detroit's final attempt to seal the win
for the Oilers, who broke a seven-game slide against the Red Wings.
"I think we started out really strong and came out flying," Nugent-Hopkins
said. "In the third period, we knew they were going to come out strong, we
just had to weather that storm. They got a few good goals but in the end I
thought it was a really good character win for us."
Coming off a ridiculous eight-point game in an 8-4 win over the Chicago
Blackhawks on Thursday, Sam Gagner continued his offensive assault on the NHL
with two goals and an assist in regulation. Jordan Eberle also added a pair of
goals for the Oilers, who got 35 saves from Dubnyk en route to their third
Todd Bertuzzi scored twice, while Drew Miller and Valtteri Filppula also
scored for the Red Wings, who had their brief two-game winning streak snapped.
Ty Conklin gave up three goals on nine shots before getting yanked in favor of
MacDonald, who stopped 22-of-23 shots.
Edmonton opened the scoring with a power-play tally just 2:42 into the game
when Ryan Whitney ripped a slap shot from the point that was stopped by
Conklin, but Gagner was parked in front and slammed home the rebound.
Edmonton extended its lead to 2-0 at 5:41 of the opening period after Gagner
threw one on net from just inside the left circle and Eberle was the first to
spot the puck in the crease amid a scramble and tap it in.
Detroit cut the deficit to 2-1 while shorthanded off a turnover in the
defensive zone by the Oilers. Filppula jumped on a loose puck in the slot and
wristed one on net, which he didn't get all of, but the lack of velocity on
the shot caught Dubnyk by surprise and it trickled over the line for the goal.
The Oilers though, atoned for their blunder when Gagner struck again in the
dying seconds of the first period. Ryan Smyth threw one on goal from the right
circle and Gagner was in perfect position in front of Conklin to deflect it
into the net.
After a scoreless second period, Detroit came out on fire in the third and
scored three consecutive goals to take a 4-3 lead.
Bertuzzi tucked one home from in front with a wrist shot 2:18 into the period,
then Miller slid one past Dubnyk off a nice centering feed from Darren Helm at
5:49, and Bertuzzi capped the scoring burst with his second of the night 16:19
after he dangled past his checker in the left circle and wired a wrist shot
high over Dubnyk's left shoulder.
"If anything, we should feel good we got the one point," Bertuzzi said. "We
didn't play very well in the first period. In the second we got a little
better and obviously turned it on in the third period, but we still wanted the
two points. We gave ourselves a good chance to do it, just came up a little
Edmonton fought to the end though, and got rewarded with the tying goal with
just 39 seconds to play. Following good forechecking work behind the net, the
puck came out front to Eberle, and he made no mistake, tapping it into the
The Red Wings fell to 6-1 in shootouts this season, while Edmonton improved to
3-4...It was Bertuzzi's second two-goal game of his career...Edmonton finished
2-for-3 with the man advantage, while the Red Wings went 0-for-4 on the power
play...Detroit will visit the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday, while the Oilers will
be on the road against the Toronto Maple Leafs, also on Monday.
02/05 02:04:39 ET