Filppula Lifts Red Wings Past Oilers

Valtteri Filppula scored with just 25 seconds remaining Tuesday night, lifting the Red Wings to a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers in the second game of Detroit's three-game western Canada road trip.

Filppula took advantage of Edmonton defender Dick Tarnstrom getting caught flat-footed at the Oilers' blue line. Taking a pass from Pavel Datsyuk, Filppula gained the Edmonton zone and raced around Tarnstrom on the right wing, then pulled the puck to the inside and wristed a shot over the shoulder of goaltender Dwayne Roloson to put the Red Wings out in front for the game's final seconds.

The goal came after a stretch that saw the Oilers able to pin the Red Wings in their own zone but unable to get a serious scoring chance.

Detroit had the only leads of the game, neither lasting for long.

At 4:00 of the second period, Henrik Zetterberg scored his tenth goal of the season on a Detroit power play to put the Red Wings out in front. Zetterberg took a cross-ice pass from Nicklas Lidstrom in the right circle and one-timed a shot past Roloson.

Only 1:49 later, Steve Staios put the Oilers on the board with a blast from the blue line off a faceoff in the Detroit end. The screened Red Wings' goalie had no chance on the shot to the far corner of the net.

It was the only goal Osgood would allow on 16 Edmonton shots. Roloson stopped 32 of Detroit's 34 shots.

Zetterberg's goal was the only power play goal of the night. Each team had three power play tries.

The Red Wings close their road trip on Thursday night when they visit the Calgary Flames.


Notes: Detroit was without defenseman Niklas Kronwall for the second-straight game... Zetterberg's goal gives him a 13-game point-scoring streak to start the season, one shy of tying the Red Wings' franchise record... Dallas Drake and Johan Franzen returned to the lineup.

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Johan Franzen and Dallas Drake are expected to return to the lineup for tonight's matchup with the Oilers. I've got no idea what roster moves the Wings are making to get them off the IR but I assume they're putting Hasek or Kronwall on that list, since Dom isn't going to play for the rest of the trip which means Howard needs to stay up.

If Howard stays up and they want to give him a start, I would recommend doing it tonight rather than Thursday in Calgary. The Oilers come across as the weaker team to me. Now that I've said that, they'll probably score seven.

Bill over at A2Y thinks that Zetterberg's point scoring streak will end tonight just because of all the attention he's been getting in the media. I won't argue against it but I'll be pleasantly surprised if he does notch a point.

Game time is 9:30 PM which means I won't be catching the first period live. I'll catch up via the miracle of DVR starting at 10:00, assuming the drugs they gave me for sawing into my jaw don't knock me out by then.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/30/2007 at 10:10 AM

 

Yay <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />.

Not as late as last night(your cat won't be wondering, eh?) x]

I'm afraid to say anything that will jinx the team tonight, so I dunno. XD

&;; I also think it's funny the poll on the front page is unanimous <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/30/2007 at 7:34 PM

 

My DVRd copy of the game got me caught up with realtime just as the second period started. Could have skipped everything up to that point, not much happening so far.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/30/2007 at 10:32 PM

 

The cat is batting at me already and it's only 10:30.

Second Oilers penalty is a little weak.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/30/2007 at 10:35 PM

 

Zetterberg! The streak hits 13!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/30/2007 at 10:38 PM

 

Damn, that was a nice goal.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/30/2007 at 10:43 PM

 

Zetterberg! The streak hits 13!


;_; beat me to it.Geez, I must be bad lulck, I bring up the post to reply ad Edmonton scores @.@

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/30/2007 at 10:44 PM

 

Wings PK is doing a good job of standing up at the blue line but their passng is off. Weird.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/30/2007 at 10:53 PM

 

Valtteri Filppula pwnz all!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/30/2007 at 11:54 PM

 

Game thoughts? But it's so late... Okay...

Overall, a pretty boring game. Almost no hitting, not a lot of scoring. Not a lot of what I'd call quality scoring chances. I don't recall any spectacular saves by either goalie. Combined with the late start, it was a little bit of a hard game to watch.

With the stalemate that the teams seemed locked in until the final moments, you kind of had to figure that the first team to capitalize on a mistake would be the team to win. In the end, that's exactly what happened, with Filppula's game-winner coming on a play where Oiler Dick Tarnstrom got caught flat-footed, allowing Fil to get in behind him.

Not to take anything away from Filppula, though, 'cause that was a beautiful shot.

Talk about a goaltending controversy will only heat up now, with Chris Osgood undefeated on the season, with six wins in six starts. His GAA is around 1.50 (over a full goal less than Dominik Hasek's) with a save percentage of .930.

The look Osgood has on a regular basis now reminds me of my all-time favorite save. That clip doesn't show it, but right after that save there was a closeup of Osgood and he seemed completely unfazed by what he had just done. Completely in the zone.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/31/2007 at 12:22 AM

 

Johan Franzen and Dallas Drake are expected to return to the lineup for tonight's matchup with the Oilers. I've got no idea what roster moves the Wings are making to get them off the IR but I assume they're putting Hasek or Kronwall on that list, since Dom isn't going to play for the rest of the trip which means Howard needs to stay up.If Howard stays up and they want to give him a start, I would recommend doing it tonight rather than Thursday in Calgary. The Oilers come across as the weaker team to me. Now that I've said that, they'll probably score seven.Bill over at A2Y thinks that Zetterberg's point scoring streak will end tonight just because of all the attention he's been getting in the media. I won't argue against it but I'll be pleasantly surprised if he does notch a point.Game time is 9:30 PM which means I won't be catching the first period live. I'll catch up via the miracle of DVR starting at 10:00, assuming the drugs they gave me for sawing into my jaw don't knock me out by then.


Hope your jaw surgery went well ..... or at least better than expected. I was in and out tonight, but did manage to catch bits and pieces of the game. The GWG by FILPPULA was A+ AAWSOME.Great effort overall by the WING D. ZETTERMAN had a great game as usual. So did SAMUELSON, I thought. It was good to see FRANZEN back also.Don't want to Jinx the WINGS but they are playing RED HOT!

Posted by skyguy52 on 10/31/2007 at 12:32 AM

 

The only comment I have is Lilja got hosed on that call for interference. That was a clean hit

Posted by SYfanSD on 10/31/2007 at 8:37 AM

 

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