Miller Scores Late to Carry Red Wings Past Oilers

Drew Miller scored his fourth goal in five games with 4:15 left in the third period Monday night, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

It was the second time this season that Miller scored the game-winning goal against Edmonton, as he had previously scored Detroit's first goal in a 3-0 win over the Oilers on November 11.

Darren Helm won a battle in the right corner with Ladislav Smid and sent the puck out to Nicklas Lidstrom at the left point. Lidstrom fired a shot that Miller tipped in the slot, redirecting it past Edmonton goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.

Danny Cleary had opened the game's scoring at 4:33 of the first period.

After a broken play in the right faceoff circle saw a series of shots blocked before they could get through to Khabibulin, the puck squirted out to Jakub Kindl at the top of the circle. Kindl snapped a shot that Cleary deflected past Khabibulin to get the Red Wings on the board.

The Oilers tied things back up at 2:37 of the second, when Ryan Jones broke in alone on netminder Jimmy Howard and snapped a shot past him to make it 1-1.

Detroit regained the lead with 5:24 left in the middle frame. Jiri Hudler parked himself in front of the Edmonton crease and tipped a Henrik Zetterberg shot from the slot past Khabibulin.

With less than a second remaining and Edmonton on a power play, Jordan Eberle jumped on a loose puck in the high slot and whipped it past Howard to tie things back up heading into the second intermission.

Eberle's goal was the only power play goal of the night. Edmonton had five tries with the extra attacker while the Red Wings had two.

Howard finished the night with 21 saves on 23 shots against. Khabibulin made 25 stops on 28 shots.

The Wings continue their road trip through Western Canada on Wednesday when they visit the Vancouver Canucks.

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The Red Wings visit the Edmonton Oilers tonight for the first game of a road trip through Western Canada.

Detroit is going with the same lineup as they used in their 8-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, meaning Jimmy Howard gets the start and Mike Commodore is still a healthy scratch.

Nikolai Khabibulin gets the start for the Oilers.

Game time is 9:30 PM. TV is FSD.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/19/2011 at 9:04 PM

 

Amazing redirect on one hell of a broken play.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/19/2011 at 9:44 PM

 

Damn, Wings playing better on the PK than at full strength. Should leave a guy at the Edmonton blue line all night and see what happens.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/19/2011 at 10:04 PM

 

Wings didn't have much in the first but come out with the lead. Can't complain about the lead but I'd like to see them bottle up the Oilers a bit more.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/19/2011 at 10:11 PM

 

Will Commodore ever play? Wings coming out a little weak in the first. I kept holding my breath because it looked as if the bounces might go the other way. Like Clark said, I'm happy to have the lead however, we need to tighten up on defense. Our luck may run out...

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/19/2011 at 10:23 PM

 

Wings didn't have much in the first but come out with the lead. Can't complain about the lead but I'd like to see them bottle up the Oilers a bit more.


The Oilers are really, really fast, and they are getting around the Wings D with relatively little effort. The Wings are having trouble keeping them to the outside (which is usually one of their strengths)....

Posted by OldBroad on 12/19/2011 at 10:27 PM

 

Will Commodore ever play?


Well he was scratched when Smith was playing, so I'm guessing no.


The Oilers are really, really fast, and they are getting around the Wings D with relatively little effort. The Wings are having trouble keeping them to the outside (which is usually one of their strengths)....


Fast teams scare the hell out of me. Wings get beat by speed too often.Like that play right there. No one could get back to Jones.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/19/2011 at 10:31 PM

 

Weak shot... Come on Jimmy, that is where you have to come up big!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/19/2011 at 10:32 PM

 

Alright... What the f*ck just happened there. I was waiting for the replay to explain.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/19/2011 at 10:38 PM

 

What the hell was that?

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/19/2011 at 10:38 PM

 

I'm not sure what that shield does for Kronner...

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/19/2011 at 10:39 PM

 

At least the PK looks good. Lets see what the power play does.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/19/2011 at 10:42 PM

 

Nick needs to get on the scoresheet. It's been awhile.

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/19/2011 at 10:46 PM

 

Zata!!!!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/19/2011 at 10:51 PM

 

Wings worked for that one. Hudler screening, that's just funny.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/19/2011 at 10:52 PM

 

He had a footstool...

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/19/2011 at 10:53 PM

 

Hell of a shot but that never should have happened.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/19/2011 at 11:03 PM

 

Wings living on deflections tonight. Really nice tip by Miller.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/19/2011 at 11:48 PM

 
Drew Miller

Drew Miller
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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