Oilers lose opener in double overtime
It didn't take long for the two teams to develop some disdain for one another. Dwayne Roloson took a chop at Kirk Maltby after the Wings forward ran into the Edmonton netminder.
A melee erupted after the play and a result was an extra two minutes to Edmonton's Marc-Andre Bergeron, giving Detroit the first power play of the series.
On the ensuing power play, Robert Lang scored to give Detroit a 1-0 lead. Brendan Shanahan took the puck behind the net, threw it in front to Yzerman who chipped it over to Lang for the goal.
Nine minutes into the game, shots were 6-1 for Detroit.
Yzerman set up Lang in the slot again just past the midway point of the opening frame but Roloson was able to slide across and get a piece of the puck as it tipped into the crowd.
Edmonton finally went on the power play with eight minutes left in the period after Mathieu Schneider hooked Michael Peca to the ice as the Oilers started to gain some momentum.
The Oilers capitalized on the power play as Ales Hemsky skated deep into the Detroit zone before centering it to Samsonov for the tip-in.
Shots after one period were 15-5 for the Red Wings.
After the Red Wings carried the balance of the play early in the second, Chris Chelios took a cross-checking penalty to put Edmonton on their third man advantage.
On the ensuing power play, Chris Pronger teed up a blast from the point that got past a screened Manny Legace with Ryan Smyth stationed in front.
After the goal, the Oilers started to carry the play, putting pressure in the Detroit zone with a strong forecheck.
With six minutes left in the second, Michael Peca was sent off for cross-checking to put Edmonton's penalty kill to the test late in the period. The Oilers did a good job keeping Detroit's chances to the outside.
After Peca came out of the box, he went in on a partial breakaway. Peca was upended by Lidstrom but there was no call. Play came back the other way and Georges Laraque was inexplicably sent off for roughing Chris Chelios.
On the powerplay, Shawn Horcoff created a turnover at his blueline and broke in alone on Legace. Horcoff tried to deke Legace in-close but couldn't jam it past the Wings netminder.
After two, shots were 29-11 in favour of Detroit.
3:30 into the third, Andreas Lilja upended Horcoff, putting Edmonton on the power play for the fourth time. Just as the penalty expired, Horcoff took a pass in the slot but was robbed on his deke attempt on Legace at the top of the Red Wings crease.
An altercation nine minutes into the period between Kris Draper and Bergeron resulted in two extra minutes being assessed to the Oilers defenceman but Edmonton was able to kill off Detroit's sixth power play of the night.
With 6:17 to go in the third, Johan Franzen rifled a shot from the blueline. Maltby crashed the net and essentially bunted the puck in. After a lengthy review, Detroit was awarded the goal, making it a 2-2 game.
With time ticking down in the period, the Oilers had a great opportunity to regain the lead after Brendan Shanahan was penalized for roughing Jaroslav Spacek along the boards.
With seconds to go Raffi Torres was robbed by Legace on a rebound, sending the game to overtime.
After regulation, shots on goal were 38-19 for Detroit.
The first good chance in OT went to Mikael Samuelsson as his wrister from the side boards almost snuck in between Roloson's skate and the left post.
After Detroit carried the play for the first ten minutes, Sergei Samsonov almost ended the game for Edmonton. With Legace sprawled out on the ice, Samsonov couldn't lift the puck over the fallen Detroit goaltender.
The Oilers had a scare late in the first OT as Marc-Andre Bergeron cleared it to Henrik Zetterberg at the point. Tarnstrom did a good job recovering to break up the play before it got dangerous.
Roloson was brilliant in the dying minutes of the first OT. He stopped Holmstrom after he tipped a Chelios blast from the point and off the faceoff, denied Schneider with a nice glove stop.
The Dwayne Roloson Show continued into the second overtime. After four periods, shots were 54-25 for Detroit.
NOTES: Ethan Moreau (groin) was out due to injury for Edmonton while Pavel Datsyuk (leg) was a scratch for Detroit. Cory Cross was a healthy scratch for the Red Wings...