Oilers End Red Wings’ Home Winning Streak in Shootout

The Detroit Red Wings’ home winning streak ended at thirteen games Friday night as they fell to the Edmonton Oilers, 4-3, in a shootout.

The Oilers twice came back to tie the game before Ryan Smyth scored the only goal of the shootout to give them the victory.

Marty Reasoner tied the game at 8:24 of the third period. Marc-Andre Pouliot was open with the puck at the inside edge of the left faceoff circle and Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek came out to try to take the puck away. Pouliot moved around him and put the puck through the crease, where Reasoner poked it home.

The Red Wings had taken an early lead on power play goals by Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom.

Zetterberg’s goal came on a five-on-three at 4:33 of the first period. Tic-tac-toe passing from Nicklas Lidstrom and Mathieu Schneider got the puck to Zetterberg in the right circle, where he one-timed a shot home.

Holmstrom scored 3:01 later, deflecting a wrister by Lidstrom from the top of the left circle.

Smyth pulled Edmonton to within one on the Oilers’ lone power play goal with 5:00 remaining in the period, getting the puck in front of the net and banging away at it until it went past Hasek.

Raffi Torres tied the game with 7:45 remaining in the second period when a Jan Hejda shot was deflected by Patrick Thoresen through the slot. It came right to Torres, who had a wide open net to score into.

Detroit regained the lead 3:44 later when Jiri Hudler got the puck from behind the net to Valtteri Filppula in front to bang it past Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson.

Roloson stopped 27 of the 30 shots he faced while Hasek made 23 saves on 26 shots.

Detroit went 2-for-6 on the power play. Edmonton scored once on four chances.

The point from the shootout loss lifts the Red Wings one point ahead of the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference standings. The two teams will meet in Nashville on Saturday night for the first of five remaining matchups this season.

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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