Even after trading away captain Doug Weight over the summer, the Edmonton Oilers looked to be a tough team to beat coming into this season. On Wednesday night, the Red Wings made them look like anything but.
Detroit picked up a four to one win on goals from Sergei Fedorov, Tomas Holmstrom, Luc Robitaille and former Oiler Boyd Devereaux and steamrolled Edmonton in every statistical catagory.
The Red Wings were two-for-four on the power play. Fedorov scored midway through the first on a wicked blast with the man-advantage and Holmstrom gave the Wings a two goal lead with the redirection of a Brendan Shanahan shot while Edmonton was down a man. The Oilers were kept scorless on five power play attempts.
Detroit’s Dominik Hasek outplayed TOmmy Salo of Edmonton, with Hasek making twenty-seven stops on twenty-eight shots while Salo allowed four goals on thirty shots and was replaced by Ty Conklin at 8:13 of the third period. Haske kept the Wings ahead through a stretch in the second period when Detroit was shorthanded for several minutes, including making huge stops on Anson Carter and Eric Brewer.
At even strength, the Oilers were unable to keep up with the Red Wings. Detroit got early third period goals from Robitaille and Devereaux. Edmonton was only able to muster a late goal by Sean Brown.
It was the kind of game to be expected from the Red Wings’ All-Star lineup, and it came against a team that has been tough to beat The Wings’ next opponent will be Western Conference rival Dallas as the Stars head to Joe Louis Arena on Friday.