Wings' Streak Reaches 18 with Win over Oilers

The Detroit Red Wings stretched their franchise-record home winning streak to eighteen games Wednesday night with a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

It was the first game of the streak not won by goaltender Jimmy Howard, who's out of the lineup with a broken index finger. Joey MacDonald earned the victory in net for the Red Wings, stopping 15 of the 17 shots he faced.

The Red Wings needed a third-period charge to finish off the Oilers. After Detroit took a 2-0 lead, Edmonton rallied before the Wings scored twice more to finish things off.

Johan Franzen opened the game's scoring with 6:42 left in the first period with a rare power play goal. Ian White fired a shot from the middle of the ice, just inside the blue line. Franzen tipped it at the top of the crease, redirecting it past Edmonton goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.

Cory Emmerton made it 2-0 at 2:45 of the second period, driving to the net to lift a backhander past Khabibulin when the rebound of a Justin Abdelkader chance squirted free.

Sam Gagner continued his torrid scoring pace for the Oilers, getting them on the board with 8:52 left in the middle period. With Jakub Kindl heading to the bench to be replaced by White and Jonathan Ericsson trying to fight Edmonton's Ben Eager, Gagner was left all alone to take an outlet pass and break in on MacDonald, faking around his poke-check to score his seventh goal in four games.

Gagner tied things up on an Oiler power play at 8:23 of the third, putting the rebound of a Magnus Paajarvi chance past MacDonald.

The Red Wings would regain the lead 2:23 later. Justin Abdelkader's chance from the left circle slipped through Khabibulin's pads and came to a stop in the crease. Drew Miller drove to the net and found it before anyone else could, knocking it in to make it 3-2.

Henrik Zetterberg wrapped up the game's scoring with 5:16 remaining, snapping a shot from down low in the left circle over Khabibulin's blocker.

Khabibulin finished the night with 26 saves on 30 shots against.

Each team scored once on the power play. The Oilers had seven tries with the extra attacker, including 1:14 of five-on-three in the first period. Detroit had four power play tries.

The Red Wings continue their six-game homestand on Friday when they host the Anaheim Ducks.

Notes: Detroit forward Danny Cleary left the game after the second period. The team announced after the game that he will have his knee drained and is expected to miss up to a week... Jan Mursak and Mike Commodore were the healthy scratches for the Red Wings.

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It's been over half a week, so it must be time for the Red Wings to play Edmonton again. This time Detroit hosts the Oilers in the first game of a six-game homestand.

The Red Wings will start Joey MacDonald in goal for the second consecutive game, leading more credence to the idea that Ty Conklin is done in Detroit. Nikolai Khabibulin will get the nod for the Oilers after Devan Dubnyk had beaten the Wings last Saturday.

Brad Stuart is back in on the Detroit blue line, bumping Mike Commodore out of the lineup. Jan Mursak is the other healthy scratch for the Wings.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FS+.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2012 at 6:31 PM


Abs kinda got his ass kicked there. Interested in seeing the replay to see what brought that on.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2012 at 7:49 PM


Is it me? Or is our timing little off?

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/8/2012 at 7:59 PM


Score!!! I really wish Nick would go on a point streak. Call me selfish, I want to see a Wing tied or beat one of the all-time greats in the total amount of Norris Trophies.

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/8/2012 at 8:08 PM


Hell of a PK. Might have been Ericsson's best shift in years.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2012 at 8:14 PM


One area that I see us screw up more often than not is the last minute of a period. Do they realize the game or period goes until the final bell?

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/8/2012 at 8:21 PM


Can someone tell me the name of the song played in the last commercial?

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/8/2012 at 8:23 PM


Nice shot by Emmerton driving in like that. Not a lot of time to make the play.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2012 at 8:41 PM


One area that I see us screw up more often than not is the last minute of a period. Do they realize the game or period goes until the final bell?

Budd Lynch goals have killed the Wings this year.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2012 at 8:42 PM


I love when Nick drives the net!

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/8/2012 at 8:43 PM


Ericsson can't decide what kind of game he's having. Stupid to try to fight there, leaving Gagner open.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2012 at 8:57 PM



Posted by SYfanSD on 2/8/2012 at 9:01 PM


Ericsson???? Can you be any weaker on coverage?

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/8/2012 at 9:02 PM


This game should be 4-1...

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/8/2012 at 9:06 PM


Reputation call...

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/8/2012 at 9:07 PM


Officiating to end the period was awful.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2012 at 9:15 PM


Cleary out for the third, lower body injury. Great.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2012 at 9:32 PM


Ugh. I don't even know what to say about that.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2012 at 9:46 PM


Miller on fire.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2012 at 9:50 PM


Hell of a shot by Zetterberg.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2012 at 9:58 PM



Posted by SYfanSD on 2/8/2012 at 9:58 PM


I was beginning to fear the 3-2 stat.

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/8/2012 at 9:59 PM


After the Oilers got their first goal tonight, I was a little worried it was all downhill from there. It was such a mess of a goal, I could see it deflating the Red Wings and leading to a loss.

When Edmonton tied things up in the third, that fear seemed to have been warranted. Detroit got caught coasting a bit. The tying goal was on the power play but the Wings hadn't done much before it to make it seem like they wanted this one. No killer instinct.

They managed to turn it back on, though. Drew Miller's goal was just hard work, driving to the net for a loose puck (much like Cory Emmerton's earlier in the game). Henrik Zetterberg's goal was the kind we expect to see from him, he was given a part of the net and he hit what was given to him. Perhaps more importantly, they shut the Oilers down, holding onto that lead.

Things I liked to see tonight:

All of the Detroit goals. Cop out answer but each was very nice in its own way. I already mentioned the last three goals, even Franzen's tip from in front is something that hasn't been going in for the Wings lately. And let's be honest, even Sam Gagner's breakway was a pretty goal - it would have been fun to see if it weren't scored on Detroit.

Jonathan Ericsson's play - for the most part. Aside from one play, Ericsson had a really solid night. Sadly, I'll get to that one play below.

Joey MacDonald didn't see a lot of shots but he's making saves when he needs to. Not bad for a third-stringer when your starter is hurt and your backup has no confidence.

Things I didn't like:

Justin Abdelkader got his ass kicked in the early fight.

The first Edmonton goal. Yeah, I mentioned it as being pretty, but it never should have happened. I debated about this during the game with @onthewings and @wingingitmotown and I think there's plenty of blame to go around on this one but it mostly falls in one spot.

First off, I feel like MacDonald committed too early. That said, it was a breakaway at that point so I can't fault him much. How did Gagner get that open? A mess at the Detroit bench. Jakub Kindl and Ericsson both went for a change. Kindl got off the ice but Ian White didn't get on quickly. Meanwhile Ericsson challenged Ben Eager to a fight (which didn't happen) after Eager hit Danny Cleary. The way I see it, White might have been able to prevent the breakaway but probably not. Ericsson could have either gotten off the ice or stayed in the play and broken things up. He did neither, so he gets most of the blame from me.

The last thing I didn't like? The goalie interference call on Tomas Holmstrom. While it's a chance to show off the new DH.N Multimedia Archive, I just see it as a horrible call.

To end on a high note... Eighteen consecutive wins at home. That's a nice little run there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2012 at 10:43 PM

Joey MacDonald

Joey MacDonald
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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