Red Wings Fall to Oilers in Shootout

A goal by Raffi Torres in the seventh round of the shootout lifted the Edmonton Oilers over the Detroit Red Wings Saturday night, just one night after the Red Wings fell to the Calgary Flames.

Edmonton had a late 3-2 lead but Jiri Hudler tied the game with just over three seconds remaining in regulation, deflecting a shot from the right circle by Dan Cleary past Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson.

The Red Wings never led the game, with Shawn Horcoff opening the scoring for Edmonton at 4:38 of the first period beating Detroit netminder Joey MacDonald on a one-timer from Ryan Smythe.

Kris Draper tied the game 2:50 later on a shorthanded 2-on-1 with Henrik Zetterberg, putting a shot into Roloson’s glove which was – after lengthy review – determined to have crossed the goal line.

Joffrey Lupul put the Oilers back out in front 3:18 later, bouncing a shot from behind the goal line off of MacDonald’s pad and into the net.

Danny Markov‘s first goal as a Red Wing pulled Detroit even again at 5:11 of the second period but Torres snuck a shot past MacDonald at 8:52 of the third to restore Edmonton’s lead.

In his first NHL start, MacDonald stopped 18 of Edmonton’s 21 shots. Roloson made 38 saves on 41 shots.

Neither team scored on the power play, with Detroit getting two tries and Edmonton taking three attempts with the extra attacker.

Having closed out their road swing through western Canada, the Red Wings will return to the ice on Wednesday when they host the Vancouver Canucks.

Jason Williams made his return to the lineup after missing three games with a concussion. Darryl Bootland and Evan McGrath were returned to Grand Rapids to make room in the lineup… Continuing the effort to keep Dominik Hasek from playing on back-to-back nights and with Chris Osgood still injured, Stefan Liv backed up MacDonald.

Red Wings Blank Oilers to Win Seventh-Straight

The Detroit Red Wings picked up their seventh victory in as many games Wednesday night, holding the Edmonton Oilers scoreless en route to a 3-0.

The Red Wings set the tone for the game in the first period, going without a goal but holding the Oilers without a shot. Edmonton wouldn’t be credited with a chance on Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek until 20 seconds into the second period.

Dan Cleary‘s third goal in the last two games put the Red Wings on the board 1:35 later, when he tipped a shot from the point by Kirk Maltby past Edmonton netminder Dwayne Roloson.

Henrik Zetterberg stretched the Wings’ lead to two at 2:57 of the third period, scoring a shorthanded, bad-angle goal after Roloson lost track of the puck on a Detroit 3-on-2.

Detroit’s power play finally clicked with 4:32 remaining in the game when Jiri Hudler banged home a rebound chance with the Oilers down a man.

Hasek needed to stop only 16 shots on the night while Roloson made 42 saves on 45 shots.

The Red Wings stopped six Edmonton power plays and scored on one of their seven chances with the extra attacker. Three of those power plays came in the final half of a third period that saw the Oilers frustrated.

Detroit dodged a bullet in the second period when Jason Williams took a shoulder to the head from Raffi Torres. Williams crashed to the ice, hitting his head again, and didn’t move.

After he was carried from the ice on a stretcher, it was announced that he would be fine and was being treated as a precautionary measure.

Game Over: Wings eliminated with loss to Oilers

The Detroit Red Wings carried a two-goal lead into the third period Monday night but couldn’t hold off a comeback by Edmonton, falling to the Oilers, 4-3. The loss eliminates the Red Wings from the playoffs.

It marks the third time in five years that Detroit exits the postseason in the opening round and the fourth time in five years that the Red Wings didn’t advance to the Conference Finals.

The Red Wings seemed in control early, dominating the game and opening the scoring with 5:24 remaining in the first period with a highlight-reel goal by Henrik Zetterberg.

After a weak pass by a falling Mikael Samuelsson failed to get the puck to Zetterberg, he stepped up on defenseman Jaroslav Spacek to poke the puck away from him. Zetterberg then picked it back up and skated around goalie Dwayne Roloson, shooting into a mostly-open net.

The Red Wings extended their lead with 5:58 remaining in the second period when Robert Lang scored on a power play.

In a set play that had worked all season but had yet to yield results in the playoffs, Lang sent the puck from the left wing boards down to Steve Yzerman at the bottom of the left circle before cutting to the slot. Yzerman sent the puck back to him for a one-timer that snuck through and put Detroit up by two.

The Oilers pulled to within one at 2:56 of the third period when Fernando Pisani banged in the rebound of a Jarret Stoll shot on an Edmonton power play. Just 3:44 later, Pisani added another to even the game, faking out Detroit netminder Manny Legace and putting the puck between his legs on an Edmonton rush.

Johan Franzen, who was caught out of position on Pisani’s second goal, put the Red Wings back out in front with 9:53 remaining, scoring on the rebound of a Kirk Maltby shot that bounced off the post.

Ales Hemsky‘s disputed power play goal with 3:53 evened the score again. A shot on net was deflected down to Hemsky with what appeared to be a high stick. Then, after banging away at the puck a couple of times, Hemsky looked to have kicked it into the net. After replay, the goal was allowed to stand.

Hemsky scored again with 1:06 remaining, giving the Oilers the only lead they needed on a tip in from the side of the crease.

Two of Edmonton’s six power plays yielded goals while Detroit scored only once on their four tries on the night.

Legace made 26 saves on 30 shots against but Roloson stopped 33 of the 36 shots he faced.

The winner of the Calgary – Anaheim series will determine Edmonton’s next opponent. Should Calgary win, the Oilers will be hosted by the Flames. Should Anaheim win, the Mighty Ducks will host the Colorado Avalanche and the San Jose Sharks will host the Oilers.

Detroit captain Steve Yzerman returned to the lineup for what is expected to have been the final game of his career. Goaltender Chris Osgood was scratched for the third game in a row.

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.

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.

Wings Claim Presidents’ Trophy with Shutout of Oilers

The Detroit Red Wings claimed their NHL-record fifth Presidents’ Trophy on Tuesday as a 2-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers gave them a 55-15-8 record, guaranteeing them the top spot in the league at the end of the season.

The win also gave the Red Wings 118 points on the season, good for second-best in franchise history.

The shutout was Detroit goalie Manny Legace‘s seventh of the season and set a new team record for shutouts in a single campaign. Legace made 29 saves in the effort.

Playing in his first game with the Red Wings while filling in for the injured Robert Lang, Donald MacLean scored the game’s first goal to get Detroit on the board.

With the Red Wings on the power play, Mikael Samuelsson fired a long shot on net and Niklas Kronwall picked at the rebound. The puck came loose to the side of the crease and MacLean was open to pick it up and throw it past Edmonton netminder Dwayne Roloson at 9:46 of the first.

After a scoreless second period, Kris Draper gave Detroit an insurance goal just 19 seconds into the third.

A good bounce off the boards in front of the Detroit bench on a clearing attempt got Draper the puck in behind most of the Edmonton defense. In on a two-on-one, Draper faked a couple times, freezing Roloson and firing a shot past him.

Roloson finished the night with 25 saves on 27 shots while taking the loss.

Detroit went one-for-six on the power play, with most of their chances coming early in the game while the Oilers took the first four penalties of the match. Edmonton had five power plays on the night, including one spanning the game’s final nine seconds.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Thursday when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks.

Steve Yzerman was held without a point, ending his scoring streak at eleven games… Henrik Zetterberg returned to the lineup after sitting out Detroit’s win over Columbus on Saturday… Valtteri Filppula was sent back to the Grand Rapids Griffins after taking Zetterberg’s spot in the lineup on Saturday.

Red Wings Down Oilers in Shootout

Jason Williams and Henrik Zetterberg remained perfect in shootout attempts, each scoring on Saturday night as the Detroit Red Wings earned a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers with a 2-0 shootout win.

Williams, taking Detroit’s second shot of the tiebreaker, lifted a shot over Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson‘s glove to move to three-for-three on the season.

Zetterberg clinched the win with his second shootout goal in as many attempts, pushing a soft backhand shot between Roloson’s pads.

Detroit goalie Manny Legace stopped Fernando Pisani and Sergei Samsonov on their attempts, while Roloson denied Pavel Datsyuk on Detroit’s first shot.

Zetterberg had opened the game’s scoring with 9:52 remaining in the first period and the Red Wings on a power play. Nicklas Lidstrom fired a shot from the left circle wide of Roloson. The puck deflected off the boards behind the net and came to Zetterberg at the right side of the crease for an easy tap-in.

The Oilers tied the game just 2:39 later just after an Edmonton power play expired. Jarret Stoll sent a shot from the left circle on net and it deflected off of Kris Draper‘s stick on the way, getting over Legace’s glove to even the game.

Edmonton took the lead with 8:03 remaining in the second period when a Steve Staios shot from the point snuck past Legace as he was screened by Raffi Torres and Andreas Lilja.

Chris Chelios scored Detroit’s second power play goal of the night to even things up with 5:07 remaining in the middle frame.

After some four-on-four play, Chelios jumped out of the penalty box and the puck came right to him after deflecting off the stick of a falling Chris Pronger. Chelios was all alone in the Edmonton zone but didn’t know it, so he reached back to take a long slap shot. He lost control of his stick, and the moment of hesitation let him get closer to Roloson and put a shot past him.

Tomas Holmstrom gave the Red Wings the lead at 4:12 of the third period, scoring on a long rebound from a soft backand shot by Dan Cleary.

Pisani forced overtime with a shorthanded goal from his knees with 1:57 remaining in regulation.

Legace finished the game with 25 saves on 28 shots, while Roloson stopped 24 of the 27 shots he faced.

Detroit went two-for-five on the power play and did not allow a goal on Edmonton’s six chances with the extra attacker.

The Red Wings will conclude their short Western Canada road trip on Sunday night when they visit the Vancouver Canucks.

The win lifts the Red Wings into first place in the league, moving them past the Carolina Hurricanes and Ottawa Senators by one point.

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