Detroit Comeback Not Enough as Oilers Claim Double-OT Win

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in 18 seconds in the third period to come from behind to tie the Oilers Tuesday night but couldn’t hold on through overtime, as Edmonton scored in the second extra period to claim the win and take a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.

Jarret Stoll scored at 8:44 of the second overtime to give the Oilers the victory, putting in a rebound after Detroit goalie Manny Legace got spun around in net and inadvertantly deflected the puck right to him.

The overtime goal rendered third-period goals by Henrik Zetterberg and Mathieu Schneider moot.

With Detroit down, 3-1, with 8:08 remaining in regulation, Zetterberg scored the second of his two power play goals on a pass from the right circle by Jason Williams. Stationed in the slot, Zetterberg was free to deflect the puck into the open side of the net, past Edmonton netminder Dwayne Roloson.

With 7:50 remaining, Schneider blasted a shot from the left circle after Steve Yzerman won a faceoff in the Edmonton zone.

The Oilers had opened the scoring with a Jaroslav Spacek one-timer after the Red Wings failed to clear their zone just 4:17 into the game.

Zetterberg’s first power play goal of the night tied it with 7:55 remaining in the opening period as the teams skated four-on-three. Near the blue line, Niklas Kronwall sent the puck across to Mathieu Schneider, who threaded it down low for a tap-in by Zetterberg.

Ryan Smyth scored on a wraparound chance 4:33 later to put Edmonton back in front and Raffi Torres added a power play goal when he deflected a Chris Pronger shot at 2:28 of the second period.

The Red Wings were denied by video reply in the first overtime, when an apparent goal by Jason Williams was called back after it was found to have entered the goal under the side of the net.

Detroit finished the night two-for-nine on the power play, while allowing one Edmonton goal in in the same number of chances with the extra attacker.

Legace made 28 saves on 32 shots. Roloson stopped 44 of 47 shots against.

The Red Wings will have a chance to even the series and regain home ice in Game Four of the series on Thursday.

Detroit captain Steve Yzerman briefly left the game during the first overtime period with what appeared to be a hip injury. He returned to the ice before the second overtime but did not take a shift.

Author: Clark Rasmussen

Clark founded the site that would become DetroitHockey.Net in September of 1996 with no idea what it would lead to. He continues to write for the site and executes the site's design and development.

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