Red Wings Fall to Oilers to End Streak

The Detroit Red Wings' winning streak ended at seven games Thursday night with a 4-3 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

Edmonton's Ales Hemsky scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Oilers the win, beating Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek stick-side.

Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Jiri Hudler failed to score for the Red Wings. Hasek stopped Sam Gagne on Edmonton's first shot.

Detroit trailed late in the game but Henrik Zetterberg forced overtime, scoring with 2:40 left in regulation to tie the game. Zetterberg took a pass from Dan Cleary and went behind the Edmonton goal, coming out on the other side into the right circle to turn and put a shot over goaltender Dwayne Roloson's shoulder.

The Red Wings had gotten on the board first just 2:46 into the game, with Mark Hartigan's first goal as a Red Wing. Similar to Zetterberg's tying goal, Hartigan beat Roloson on a wraparound chance.

Hemsky tied things up with 7:32 left in the period, scoring on the rebound of a Sheldon Souray shot from the blue line with the Oilers on the power play.

With 1:54 left in the first, Joni Pitkanen jumped across the Detroit blue line, taking a pass while splitting the defenders to rifle a shot past Hasek and put Edmonton in the lead.

Zetterberg evened things up with his first goal of the night, scored on the power play with 6:36 left in the second period. Brian Rafalski sent a hard pass from the top of the right circe to Zetterberg in the slot for a deflection past Roloson.

Fernando Pisani gave the Oilers the lead back 2:09 later, fighting off Brett Lebda to score from the front of the net off a pass from Gagner.

Hasek, who was seemingly injured after Shawn Horcoff slid into him, played the full game and stopped 22 of 25 shots against. Roloson made 39 saves on 42 shots.

Both teams went one-for-four on the power play.

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Another game I'm going to be playing catch-up for. I'll probably miss the first two periods live but expect to be caught up for the end of the game.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/13/2007 at 6:31 PM


I love how everytime I turn around from my project to watch a little piece of the game, Pavel and Henrik have a new linemate <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />.

Shall the frenzy continue during the second? Who knows....

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/13/2007 at 8:23 PM


Wings not looking too sharp tonite. Holmstrom/Maltby/Draper are missed.

Posted by Zamboni on 12/13/2007 at 8:27 PM


Wings aren't getting enough second chances.

The two goalie interference calls on Downey were weak.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/13/2007 at 9:51 PM


Way to go Zata! Tie game!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/13/2007 at 9:58 PM


Damnit, I hate the shootout.

The Wings finally looked good in the final minutes of OT.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/13/2007 at 10:10 PM


Bah, Wings continue to be awful in the shootout. At least they got the point, probably more than they deserved tonight.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/13/2007 at 10:16 PM


Wings not looking too sharp tonite. Holmstrom/Draper are missed.

Agreed. ):I was happy with Zetterburg until the shootout, the slapshot disappointed me.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/13/2007 at 10:27 PM


Despite the shootout loss, I thought the WINGS' overall effort was good. Certainly not their best effort, but certainly adequate for winning under normal circumstances. The DOMINATOR did not have a lot of shots during regular and OT periods. But a couple of the saves he did make were good ones. On the other hand, The OILER goals were credible. Probably not much that could have been done by anyone to prevent them. But just as noteworthy were several WING scoring chances, especially during that second half of the third period and during the O.T. period, that just didn't get past ROLOFSON. Guess it was just one of those games where the bounces, passes and shots on net weren't going the WINGS way.

Posted by skyguy52 on 12/14/2007 at 9:35 PM


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