Second Period Goals Lead Oilers over Wings

The Edmonton Oilers scored three times in the second period and it was all they needed to defeat the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2, and take a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference Quarterfinal series.

Fernando Pisani, Ryan Smyth and Shawn Horcoff each scored in the highest-scoring period of the series.

Pisani’s goal came 5:16 into the period when he deflected a shot from the left circle by Chris Pronger between the pads of Detroit goalie Manny Legace.

Smyth scored on a power play just 3:18 later when a shot by Jarret Stoll bounced off his shin pad and into the net.

Horcoff gave Edmonton a three goal lead with 7:24 remaining in the period. Jason Smith threw the puck at the net and Horcoff knocked it down with his leg, then batted away at it. He knocked his own rebound past Legace.

The Red Wings finally got on the board with 1:21 remaining in the second, when Brendan Shanahan picked up the puck and skated in all alone on Edmonton’s Dwayne Roloson, beating him to his left.

Detroit would not score again until the closing seconds of the third period.

With Legace on the bench for an extra attacker, the puck came free from the left wing boards and came out to the slot, where Henrik Zetterberg spun around and slapped a shot into the net.

Roloson stopped 30 of the 32 shots he faced while Legace made only 16 saves on 19 shots.

Detroit was held scoreless on six power play chances but allowed one goal on four Edmonton power plays.

The Red Wings will try to avoid elimination on Monday in Edmonton, at a time still to be determined. Should the Wings win then, the series will move back to Detroit for a deciding Game Seven on Wednesday.

Detroit captain Steve Yzerman and backup goalie Chris Osgood sat out for the second game in a row.

Red Wings Even Series with 4-2 Win

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in the third period Thursday night to pick up a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers and even up their Western Conference Quarterfinal series at two games apiece.

The win means that the series now becomes best-of-three with the Red Wings reclaiming home ice advantage.

Nicklas Lidstrom broke a 2-2 tie with Detroit on a five-on-three 6:44 into the third period.

Mathieu Schneider had the puck at the top of the right circle with Lidstrom on the left side of the ice and the two moved to switch spots. Lidstrom collided with Jarret Stoll on his was across and Stoll went down, essentially giving the Red Wings a five-on-two.

Schneider sent the puck back over to Lidstrom, who pulled it out of his skates and wristed it over Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson for the go-ahead goal.

With 4:07 remaining, Henrik Zetterberg added another power play goal to seal the win.

Pavel Datsyuk carried into the Edmonton zone and managed to get past two Oiler defenders to center the puck to Zetterberg, who skated around Roloson and roofed the puck for the game’s final goal.

The Oilers had opened the scoring on a power play at 7:22 of the first period, when Fernando Pisani put a wrist shot from the right circle between Detroit netminder Manny Legace‘s pads.

Detroit tied the game on a five-on-three with 6:35 remaining in the period, when a shot from the right circle by Schneider was deflected at the edge of the crease by Tomas Holmstrom.

The Red Wings took their first lead of the game on the only even-strength goal of the night with 37 seconds remaining in the first.

Robert Lang‘s shot from the right circle bounced off of both goal posts before coming back out in front of the net. It bounced off of Oiler defenseman Jaroslav Spacek and ended up back in the goal.

Edmonton tied the game in the second period with another power play goal between Legace’s pads, this one scored by Spacek at 4:03 of the period.

Legace ended up with 24 saves on 26 shots while Roloson made 27 saves on 31 shots.

Detroit scored three times on eleven power plays and the Oilers scored twice on nine chances with the man-advantage.

The series continues with Game Five on Saturday afternoon from Detroit. Game Six will be in Edmonton on Monday night at a time to be determined.

Detroit captain Steve Yzerman did not play, still recovering from an injury sustained during Tuesday night’s double-overtime loss in Game Three. He is listed as day-to-day… Backup goaltender Chris Osgood suffered a groin injury during the morning skate on Thursday and Jim Howard was called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins to take his place.

Detroit Comeback Not Enough as Oilers Claim Double-OT Win

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in 18 seconds in the third period to come from behind to tie the Oilers Tuesday night but couldn’t hold on through overtime, as Edmonton scored in the second extra period to claim the win and take a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.

Jarret Stoll scored at 8:44 of the second overtime to give the Oilers the victory, putting in a rebound after Detroit goalie Manny Legace got spun around in net and inadvertantly deflected the puck right to him.

The overtime goal rendered third-period goals by Henrik Zetterberg and Mathieu Schneider moot.

With Detroit down, 3-1, with 8:08 remaining in regulation, Zetterberg scored the second of his two power play goals on a pass from the right circle by Jason Williams. Stationed in the slot, Zetterberg was free to deflect the puck into the open side of the net, past Edmonton netminder Dwayne Roloson.

With 7:50 remaining, Schneider blasted a shot from the left circle after Steve Yzerman won a faceoff in the Edmonton zone.

The Oilers had opened the scoring with a Jaroslav Spacek one-timer after the Red Wings failed to clear their zone just 4:17 into the game.

Zetterberg’s first power play goal of the night tied it with 7:55 remaining in the opening period as the teams skated four-on-three. Near the blue line, Niklas Kronwall sent the puck across to Mathieu Schneider, who threaded it down low for a tap-in by Zetterberg.

Ryan Smyth scored on a wraparound chance 4:33 later to put Edmonton back in front and Raffi Torres added a power play goal when he deflected a Chris Pronger shot at 2:28 of the second period.

The Red Wings were denied by video reply in the first overtime, when an apparent goal by Jason Williams was called back after it was found to have entered the goal under the side of the net.

Detroit finished the night two-for-nine on the power play, while allowing one Edmonton goal in in the same number of chances with the extra attacker.

Legace made 28 saves on 32 shots. Roloson stopped 44 of 47 shots against.

The Red Wings will have a chance to even the series and regain home ice in Game Four of the series on Thursday.

Detroit captain Steve Yzerman briefly left the game during the first overtime period with what appeared to be a hip injury. He returned to the ice before the second overtime but did not take a shift.

Os-good a Time as Any

Red Wings fans are notorious for being quick to blame the team’s goalie when things go wrong. That said, I don’t think that’s the case here.

I’m going to make a statement that, at the start of the season, some might have deemed crazy: It’s time for Detroit coach Mike Babcock to put Manny Legace on the bench and get Chris Osgood between the pipes.

Five of the last six goals allowed by Detroit starting goalie Legace have been “soft.” Legace admitted as much of the first two on Sunday afternoon.

“I have to stop those two (shots),” Legace said. “I didn’t like those two. I have to make those saves.”

On Tuesday night in Edmonton, Legace was beaten three times on goals that he should have been able to stop and only once on a goal that he didn’t really have a chance on.

Jaroslav Spacek’s one-timer to open the scoring would have been stoppable if Legace hadn’t gone down onto his knees too quickly.

Ryan Smyth‘s wraparound goal later in the period would have been stopped if only Legace had gotten his pad sealed to the post. Instead, he left just enough of a gap for the puck to get through despite being in position to make the stop.

The most painful goal to watch, however, was the game-winner in the second overtime.

Legace move to his left to protect that post but reached behind the net, leaving him facing the goal when a wraparound attempt came. He managed to get over to block the shot with his glove but, as he flailed around in the crease, he deflected the puck out to Jarret Stoll. Stoll put it back past Legace before the goalie could get back in position.

These goals are uncharacteristic of Legace and seem to show that something is different about his play between the regular season and the playoffs.

Osgood has famously allowed bad goals in the past but at least he has the stomach for playoff hockey. He plays well positionally, not getting spun around in the crease or coming off the post on wraparound chances.

The Red Wings need to make this change before it’s too late and they need to make the switch on the road. If Detroit falls down by two games in the series, even a goalie switch might not be able to save them. If they make the switch at home, it will only motivate the boo-birds’.

Make the switch for Game Four, on the road, and come home with a tied series and home ice advantage regained.

Oilers Down Red Wings to Even Series

The Edmonton Oilers rallied late in the second period, scoring twice to take a 3-2 lead over the Detroit Red Wings and not allowing a goal in the third to tie the series at one.

With the Oilers trailing, 2-1, Michael Peca forced a turnover behind the Detroit goal and got the puck out to Fernando Pisani, who slipped it between the post and Detroit goalie Manny Legace‘s pad to even the game

Just 57 seconds later, defenseman Chris Pronger stole the puck from Jason Williams at the Detroit blue line and sent a pass to rookie Brad Winchester. From the slot, Winchester put a wrist shot over Legace’s glove to give Edmonton the lead.

The Oilers bounced back from their Game One loss in double-overtime with the first goal of the game, their first of the series at even strength, when Pronger sent a blast from the blue line past Legace while the teams skated four-on-four with 7:28 remaining in the first.

The Red Wings got on the board with 5:10 remaining in the opening period. Jason Williams tried to send the puck out front from behind the goal but the puck was bounced back to him. He kicked it from one skate to the other and move it toward the net, where it bounced off the post, then hit Edmonton netminder Dwayne Roloson‘s skate and went back into the net.

Henrik Zetterberg put Detroit in front at 7:11 of the second with a power play goal. A shot from the point deflected off of Roloson’s arm and bounced over the Edmonton goalie as Zetterberg skated throught he crease behind him. Zetterberg picked up the loose puck and threw it into the net.

In the game’s closing seconds, Jarret Stoll added an empty-net goal for Edmonton.

Legace finished the game with 20 saves on 23 shots while Roloson stopped 33 of the 35 that he faced.

The Red Wings scored once on their four power play chances and held Edmonton to no goals on three chances with the man-advantage.

The series now shifts to Edmonton for Game Three on Tuesday night.

Pavel Datsyk returned to the Detroit lineup after missing Game One with a leg injury.

Maltby Scores Twice in Detroit Win

The fourth line of the Detroit Red Wings was not expected to contribute offensively in the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs, instead being used in a defensive role. Kirk Maltby showed on Friday night that maybe they can do both, as he scored the game-tying goal in the third period and the game-winning goal in the second overtime while the Red Wings defeated the Edmonton Oilers in Game One of their first round matchup.

The game-winner came just 2:39 into that second overtime period, when a seemingly-soft shot from the right circle slipped between the pads of Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson.

“Our coaches have harped on us all year: Get it to the net, just get it to the net,” Maltby later said. “As soon as I got it, that’s all I was thinking. Just had that little voice in my ear, just get it on net, especially when it’s in overtime. It just found a way in.”

Maltby’s first goal of the game evened things up with 6:17 remaining in the third period. Maltby redirected the rebound of a Johan Franzen shot past Roloson with the shaft of his stick.

It was one of the few times that Roloson offered a solid rebound chance. He held or played the puck on most of the 57 shots he faced.

The Red Wings had opened the game’s scoring at 4:05 of the first period with a power play goal by Robert Lang.

In a play that worked many times throughout the regular season for Detroit, Brendan Shanahan sent the puck from behind the net to Steve Yzerman at the side of the goal, who moved it across to Lang to bang it home.

Edmonton countered on a power play of their own with 8:16 later, when former Detroit Viper Sergei Samsonov scored.

On another power play at 8:43 of the second, Chris Pronger gave Edmonton their first lead of the series.

Detroit netminder Manny Legace, making only his fifth career playoff start, finished the night with 23 saves on 25 shots.

Edmonton went two-for-six on the power play while Detroit scored once on as many chances with the man-advantage.

Game Two of the series will be on Sunday from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

The Red Wings were without center Pavel Datsyuk, who continues to nurse a leg injury… Detroit has now won their last six games that ended in the second overtime.

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