Red Wings Rally for 3-2 OT Win over Oilers

The Detroit Red Wings went into the third period down 2-0 but rallied for a 3-2 overtime win over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night.

Pavel Datsyuk won the game for the Red Wings with 1:21 left in the overtime period. Datsyuk took a pass from Johan Franzen in the neutral zone and raced into the Edmonton zone, faking around defender Jeff Petry and snapping a shot past netminder Devan Dubnyk.

Taylor Hall had opened the scoring at 3:34 of the first period, picking up the puck at the Detroit blue line and cutting to the middle, splitting the Red Wings’ defense through the slot and snapping a shot under Howard to make it 1-0.

Edmonton went up 2-0 with 3:42 left in the second period on a goal by Sam Gagner. After Hall tied up Jonathan Ericsson behind the Detroit net, Nail Yakupov picked up the puck and cut in from the left wing boards, around Niklas Kronwall, and shoveled a shot on Howard from the slot. Gagner was there to bang home the rebound.

Valtteri Filppula cut the Edmonton lead in half at 4:27 of the third. Henrik Zetterberg won a battle along the boards in the left corner and Filppula came in to pick up the puck. Filppula cut through the left faceoff circle on the backhand and flung a shot on net, through a screen by Damien Brunner and past goalie Devan Dubnyk.

Detroit tied things up with 5:53 remaining in the third on their second road power play goal of the season. Niklas Kronwall threw a shot on net from the blue line and Dubnyk kicked it aside. Defender Jeff Petry turned to knock it away but ended up putting it in behind his own goalie.

Howard finished the night with 30 saves on 32 shots while Dubnyk stopped 25 of 28 Detroit chances.

Detroit went one-for-five on the power play. Edmonton was scoreless with three power play attempts.

The Red Wings are back in action on Saturday in Vancouver as they close out their Western Canadian road trip.

Ian White, Kent Huskins and Patrick Eaves were healthy scratches for the Red Wings… Kyle Quincey left the game late in the third after taking a puck to the face. He will not travel with the team to Vancouver.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Oilers – 3/15

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted pre-game notes. It’s also been awhile since the Wings have won, as they come off two losses to the Columbus Blue Jackets and one to the Calgary Flames. I won’t pretend the lack of pre-game notes is tied to the losses, but lets hope both streaks end tonight with Detroit visiting the Edmonton Oilers.

On the plus side, the Oilers are the last team the Red Wings actually managed to beat, a 3-0 decision in Detroit on March 7.

The Red Wings have been mum on any lineup changes that could be coming tonight. Jimmy Howard will get the start, having recovered from the flu, and the blueline will remain as it was on Wednesday in Calgary (meaning Ian White is again a healthy scratch, as is Kent Huskins). Up front, Jordin Tootoo may swap in but it won’t be determined who he’d switch with until the pre-game skate.

All-time, the Red Wings are 11-17-5 in the second game of a Western Canadian road trip. When the second game is in Edmonton, however, they’re 6-5-4.

Game time is 9:30 PM on FSD.