NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Edmonton |
(Monday, May 1st)
Final Score: Edmonton 4, Detroit 3
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Ales Hemsky scored twice in the final four
minutes of the third period, including the game-winning goal with 1:06
remaining, to lead the Edmonton Oilers to the second round of the playoffs
with a shocking 4-3 upset of the Detroit Red Wings in Game 6 of the Western
Fernando Pisani netted the other two goals and late season acquisition Sergei
Samsonov added two key assists for the eighth-seeded Oilers, who scored
four times in the final period and won their first playoff series since 1998
when they defeated the Colorado Avalanche.
Trade deadline acquisition Dwayne Roloson stopped 33 shots in the victory for
Edmonton, which has never lost a playoff series against Detroit in three
It marks the first time since Boston was knocked off by Montreal in 2002 that
an eighth-seeded team knocked out the No. 1 team.
The Oilers won by a goal at Detroit on Saturday to take a 3-2 lead in the
best-of-seven series before finishing it off at Rexall Place on Hemsky's
heroics with two goals in a span of 2:47.
Henrik Zetterberg, Robert Lang and Johan Franzen netted the goals for the Red
Wings, who since winning the Stanley Cup in 2002 were bounced by Anaheim in
the conference quarters in 2003 and lost in the second round to Calgary in
Manny Legace, who was shaky all series, stopped 26 shots in the losing effort
for Detroit, which won the Presidents' Trophy, but for the third consecutive
season the No. 1 team in the NHL was denied a shot at winning the Stanley Cup.
"Obviously we didn't do enough good things because we weren't good at this
time of year," said Wings head coach Mike Babcock. "They've got some good
players, good balance and good speed."
The Red Wings got back team captain Steve Yzerman, who contributed one assist
in the game, after he missed Games 4 and 5 after injuring his back during a
4-3 double-overtime loss in Game 3. With the assist on Lang's goal, Yzerman
moved past Bryan Trottier for eighth place on the NHL's all-time postseason
scoring list with 185 points. He is also the league's active leader in that
Detroit had grabbed a 3-2 lead after Edmonton came storming back from a two-
goal deficit to tie the game early in the third period.
Hemsky, though, tied the game again. With Nicklas Lidstrom all over him,
Hemsky forced in the puck during a mad scramble in front of the net to make it
a 3-3 game with 3:53 to play. It was a power-play tally, as Daniel Cleary was
in the penalty box for interference.
The play was reviewed for several minutes to determine if the puck was kicked
in, but the ruling on the ice was upheld.
Hemsky played the hero to give his club the 4-3 lead. He got the puck at the
top of the Oiler blue line and skated by two Detroit players in the neutral
zone. He got into the Red Wings end and drew two defenders to him, but lost
The disc went to the right side where Samsonov picked it up, and from the
right circle slid the puck between the legs of Lidstrom to the low left side,
where Hemsky banged the puck in with 1:06 to play.
"He just took off on the winner," said Oilers coach Craig MacTavish about
Hemsky. "He's won three huge games for us in this building: San Jose, Anaheim
Detroit pulled Legace and went on a ferocious attack to try and tie the game.
With time winding down, Mathieu Schneider had the puck all alone at the top of
the left point. Schneider let fly with a shot, but Ethan Moreau, who had lost
his stick, sprawled on the ice and blocked the shot to help preserve the
Edmonton dominated play in the first period, outshooting Detroit 15-10, but it
was the Red Wings that grabbed the 1-0 lead.
Mikael Samuelsson brought the puck into the Edmonton zone and from the top of
the left circle tried to pass the puck to Zetterberg, but fell down as he made
the pass and it trickled away from him.
The Edmonton player tried to poke it away, but Zetterberg tapped the puck
behind the Oiler, grabbed it in the slot, made a move to get Roloson on
the ice and slid it past the goaltender with 5:24 left in the first.
The second period was the opposite of the first with Detroit outshooting
Edmonton, 17-2. But, the result was the same as the Red Wings got another goal
to assume a 2-0 lead.
While on the power play Lang had the puck at the top of the left circle and
fed it to Yzerman down low on the left side of the net. Yzerman cradled the
puck, spotted Lang cutting into the high slot and hit Lang with a pass through
two Edmonton players and Lang one-timed it into the right corner with 5:58
left in the period.
"We couldn't regroup in the second period," said MacTavish. "We were very
fortunate to be down by two."
The Oilers finally got their offense going in the third period. With Jason
Williams in the box for roughing, Ryan Smyth had the puck all alone deep along
the left boards. He fed a cross-ice pass to Jarret Stoll, who snapped a low
shot on net that Legace made a left pad save on. But, the rebound went right
out front and Pisani banged it in to make it 2-1 just 2:56 in.
Less than four minutes later Pisani did it again to tie the game. On the rush
Jason Smith had the puck in the neutral zone and got it to Pisani cutting into
the Detroit zone. Pisani got behind the defense, made the deke to the backhand
and slid it between the pads of Legace for his fifth goal of the series.
However, the Red Wings took the 3-2 advantage with 9:53 remaining in the third
on Franzen's goal. Kirk Maltby let loose with a shot from the right point.
Daniel Cleary, who was parked in front of the net, deflected the shot, but it
banged off the right post. The rebound went right out front, where Franzen
banged it into the open net.
The last time the two teams faced each other in the playoffs was in 1988 in
the Western Conference finals. The Oilers won the Stanley Cup that year and
Edmonton won it again in 1990...Both Anaheim and Calgary made it to the
Stanley Cup finals in the years that they defeated Detroit...Roloson stopped
221-of-238 shots in the series...Legace allowed 18 goals on 155 shots in the
six games...Hemsky scored his first two goals of the series in the game.
05/02 01:33:32 ET