Miller Scores Late to Carry Red Wings Past Oilers

Drew Miller scored his fourth goal in five games with 4:15 left in the third period Monday night, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

It was the second time this season that Miller scored the game-winning goal against Edmonton, as he had previously scored Detroit’s first goal in a 3-0 win over the Oilers on November 11.

Darren Helm won a battle in the right corner with Ladislav Smid and sent the puck out to Nicklas Lidstrom at the left point. Lidstrom fired a shot that Miller tipped in the slot, redirecting it past Edmonton goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.

Danny Cleary had opened the game’s scoring at 4:33 of the first period.

After a broken play in the right faceoff circle saw a series of shots blocked before they could get through to Khabibulin, the puck squirted out to Jakub Kindl at the top of the circle. Kindl snapped a shot that Cleary deflected past Khabibulin to get the Red Wings on the board.

The Oilers tied things back up at 2:37 of the second, when Ryan Jones broke in alone on netminder Jimmy Howard and snapped a shot past him to make it 1-1.

Detroit regained the lead with 5:24 left in the middle frame. Jiri Hudler parked himself in front of the Edmonton crease and tipped a Henrik Zetterberg shot from the slot past Khabibulin.

With less than a second remaining and Edmonton on a power play, Jordan Eberle jumped on a loose puck in the high slot and whipped it past Howard to tie things back up heading into the second intermission.

Eberle’s goal was the only power play goal of the night. Edmonton had five tries with the extra attacker while the Red Wings had two.

Howard finished the night with 21 saves on 23 shots against. Khabibulin made 25 stops on 28 shots.

The Wings continue their road trip through Western Canada on Wednesday when they visit the Vancouver Canucks.

Red Wings Rally Late for OT Win over Oilers

The Detroit Red Wings were held scoreless for 59 minutes of regulation on Friday night but broke the shutout in the game’s final minute and went on for an overtime win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Nicklas Lidstrom‘s shot from the point with 25 seconds remaining deflected past Devan Dubnyk to tie the game up and force overtime.

Pavel Datsyuk snapped a shot from the high slot past Dubnyk with 42 seconds left in the overtime period, giving the Red Wings the win.

Edmonton had opened the scoring in the first period, when Ryan Jones snapped a shot from the left wing boards under Jimmy Howard‘s pad 6:40 into the game.

The Red Wings thought they had tied things up in the final minute of the second period but a goal by Lidstrom was called back after it was ruled that Todd Bertuzzi knocked it in with his glove.

Detroit finished the night without a power play goal on six tries with the man advantage, including 1:25 of five-on-three. Edmonton was scoreless on four power play attempts.

Howard made 26 saves on 27 shots in earning the win. Dubnyk stopped 42 of 44 shots.

The Red Wings are back in action on Saturday when they visit the St. Louis Blues.

Bertuzzi the Hero Again as Red Wings Down Predators in OT

Detroit forward Todd Bertuzzi scored an overtime game-winning goal for the second time in as many nights on Saturday, beating Nashville netminder Pekka Rinne to give the Red Wings a 3-2 win.

On Friday night Bertuzzi scored on Anaheim’s Jean-Sebastien Giguere as the Wings won by the same score. In both games it was his second goal of the night.

Just 24 seconds into the extra period, Pavel Datsyuk broke up Nashville’s entry into the Detroit zone and sent Bertuzzi on a break. Bertuzzi stayed ahead of two Predators defenders and faked out Rinne, sliding the puck into an open net.

Bertuzzi had opened the game’s scoring 1:21 into the second period with a backhand spin-o-rama move in the left faceoff circle.

Drew Miller put the Red Wings up by a pair, knocking the rebound of a Datsyuk chance out of mid-air with 8:23 left in the second.

Ryan Jones deflected a Steve Sullivan shot past Detroit goalie Chris Osgood on a Nashville power play with 5:16 left in the period, getting the Predators on the board and ending the Wings’ streak of successful penalty kills at 27.

David Legwand tied the game 4:45 into the third period, snapping a shot from the bottom of the right faceoff circle past Osgood on a broken play.

Each team had four tries with the power play. Detroit was held scoreless while Nashville had one goal.

Osgood made 33 saves on 35 shots to earn his first win in over five weeks. Rinne made 26 saves on 29 chances.