Edmonton struck early, but Detroit made the most of some late-game heroics from Pavel Datsyuk. For 59:36 this evening, the Red Wings were held scoreless; the lone Oilers marker, scored early in the opening period by Ryan Jones
, appeared to present the only requirement on the scoreboard. With 24 seconds to play, a Nick Lidstrom point shot was redirected past Devan Dubnyk
by teammate Andrew Cogliano, squaring the score and setting the stage for a momentum-changing overtime session.
The Oilers were able to secure most of the chances in overtime, but strong goaltending by Jimmy Howard helped keep the action in play. After a series of excellent opportunities were turned aside by the aforementioned Wings netminder, Detroit capitalized on wayward coverage in the Oilers zone. Datsyuk sniped home the game-winning goal at 4:17 to propel his club to a 2-1 victory.
came within seconds of recording his second career NHL shutout, but instead settled for the overtime loss, preserving his .500 winning percentage with a 10-10-7 record on the season. In the loss, Dubnyk stood tall with an incredible 42 saves highlighting his night.
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