Kronwall's First Lifts Red Wings over Oilers

Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall's first goal of the season broke a 1-1 tie early in the third period Saturday afternoon, lifting the Red Wings to a 2-1 win over the visiting Edmonton Oilers.

Kronwall's goal was also part of a strong special teams effort by the Wings, as they scored both of their goals on the power play and stopped seven of Edmonton's eight chances with the extra attacker.

It was at 6:08 of the third period when Pavel Datsyuk corralled a loose puck in the right faceoff circle and backhanded a pass out to Kronwall at the blue line. Kronwall stepped up to the top of the left circle and blasted a shot through traffic and past Oilers' netminder Nikolai Khabibulin.

Datsyuk had opened the game's scoring at 8:33 of the second period on the conclusion of a quick passing play. Henrik Zetterberg sent the puck from the high slot to Damien Brunner down low on the left side. Brunner snapped a cross-ice pass through the top of the crease to Datsyuk on the right side, who cut to the front of the net and slid it under Khabibulin.

Edmonton's lone goal came with 2:05 left in the second period when Justin Schultz snapped a wrister from the high slot through a screen and in behind Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

Howard finished the afternoon with 23 saves on 24 shots while Khabibulin made 28 saves on 30 shots.

The Red Wings will have little time to rest following their win. They host the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday at 12:30.

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It's an afternoon game today as the Red Wings host the Edmonton Oilers. I've made my thoughts on afternoon games clear many times before so I won't go into it again now.

With Todd Bertuzzi on the shelf, the Wings have called Joakim Andersson up from the Griffins. I wrote a bit about that last night, we'll have to wait to see how Andersson fits in and what it means for Tomas Tatar.

Jimmy Howard is back in net for the Wings after having a night off in St. Louis on Thursday. Gotta think that means Petr Mrazek gets the nod against Los Angeles tomorrow.

Game time is 2:00 PM on FSD. I'll be missing this one because - afternoon game - but I'll try to check in.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/9/2013 at 10:52 AM

Niklas Kronwall

Niklas Kronwall
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