NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Detroit
(Monday, November 17th)
Final Score: Detroit 4, Edmonton 0
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Ty Conklin stopped all 21 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season, and the Detroit Red Wings blanked the Edmonton Oilers, 4-0, at Joe Louis Arena.
"It's nice to get that first (shutout) one here to get rid of the butterflies early," Conklin said. "I had to make a couple of tough saves on (a 5-on-3 Oilers power play), but for the most part we were solid in our end. That's as good as we've been all year."
Conklin moved to 5-1-0 on the year with his fifth career shutout, while Niklas Kronwall's first-period power-play goal proved to be the game-winner for Detroit, which has gotten at least a point in six straight games. Mikael Samuelsson, Jiri Hudler and Johan Franzen also scored, while Henrik Zetterberg notched two assists in the win.
"I thought we played well tonight," said Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock. "We didn't give up much. We looked good on special teams. We talked about (tightening up defensively) but that's just talk. You have to do it. We were disappointed with our third period last week. Tonight was much better. We didn't have many turnovers. You want to make plays, but if they're not there, you can't force things."
Sheldon Souray had a team-high four shots for the Oilers, who have lost three straight and five of seven. Dwayne Roloson allowed four goals on 41 shots in defeat.
"The difference was the second period," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "We have five or six red zone chances where it's just us and the goalie and we don't hit the net. And then Samuelsson scores for them to make it 2-0, and then they get another goal and the game was over."
Detroit took advantage of an early 5-on-3 power play. Hudler passed it out in front to Zetterberg, who kicked the puck over to Kronwall. Kronwall was able to cradle the puck in the open ice and wrist it past Roloson from in close for the lead at 6:11.
The Red Wings were able to kill off a 5-on-3 advantage late in the opening period, and the hosts took a 1-0 lead to the second frame.
Detroit grab a 2-0 lead three minutes into the middle period. Brett Lebda circled around the defense and passed it into the middle. Samuelsson tipped the pass between the legs of a defender and over Roloson's shoulder for the goal.
The Red Wings took a commanding 3-0 advantage, as Hudler's slap shot tipped off Souray and past Roloson's stick at 14:18. Franzen's backhand tally in the third capped the scoring for Detroit.
Detroit will next play the Oilers in Edmonton on Thursday, but the Oilers will take on Columbus Tuesday night before the rematch with the Red Wings...Edmonton failed on each of its five power-play chances, while Detroit converted one of its five opportunities...Edmonton's Fernando Pisani left the game in the third period with a broken left ankle. He was battling Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom for a loose puck early in the third and slammed his ankle awkwardly into the boards. He was helped off the ice by teammates...Franzen has scored 37 goals in his last 44 games.
11/17 23:09:06 ET