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Under the Scope: Oilers vs Red Wings

An in-depth look at the Oilers' 3-2 overtime loss to the Red Wings

Saturday, 16.03.2013 / 1:16 AM / Cenovus Live In-Game Blog
By Ryan Frankson  - edmontonoilers.com
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Under the Scope: Oilers vs Red Wings


The Oilers built a 2-0 lead through 40 minutes on goals by Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner, but the Detroit Red Wings scored twice in the third period and again in overtime to come from behind and win 3-2 on Friday night at Rexall Place. Pavel Datsyuk sniped the overtime winner top shelf on Devan Dubnyk 3:39 into the sudden death frame to clinch the victory for the visitors.


Take a closer look at the game as we go Under The Scope:

The Oilers took a solid 2-0 lead into the final frame, but the Red Wings came out strong in the third and got on the board 4:27 into the period as Valtteri Filppula cut to the slot and beat Devan Dubnyk with a high backhand. The Red Wings controlled the rest of the game en route to the win.


11 Games between goals for Pavel Datsyuk whose last tally before Friday came on February 19 against Nashville
64 Sam Gagner's faceoff percentage
27 Minutes played by Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall to lead all skaters on both squads
9 Fights this season for Mike Brown, tying him for the league lead


Taylor Hall
G A PTS PIM +/-
1 1 2 2 +1


Pavel Datsyuk
G A PTS PIM +/-
1 0 1 0 1



Jimmy Howard
SA SV GA TOI SV%
30 32 2 63:29 0.938


 
RED WINGS
Jimmy Howard
SA SV GA TOI SV%
30 32 2 63:29 0.938

 

OILERS
Devan Dubnyk
SA SV GA TOI SV%
25 28 3 63:21 0.893



 
RED WINGS
Niklas Kronwall - D

26:58 - 2 PTS, -1 rating

OILERS
Jeff Petry - D

25:03 - 0 PTS, +1 rating

Henrik Zetterberg sprung Pavel Datsyuk on a one-on-one rush against Jeff Petry in the latter stages of overtime, and the Russian superstar made a move on the Oilers blueliner before firing a wrist shot top shelf for the game-winner.

Taylor Hall had his legs going all game, working his way through the Detroit defence and beating goalie Jimmy Howard for the opening goal. He also set up Sam Gagner's second Oilers goal, giving him 25 points on the season, one back of Gagner for the team lead. Hall led the Oilers with six shots on goal.


Mike Brown was once again a Warrior for the Oilers, sharing the team lead in hits with three, and his were of the thundering variety. He also had a spirited scrap with Jordin Tootoo, the second time in eight days the two feisty forwards duked it out.


Heading into Friday's game, the Oilers had a .471 winning percentage with Shawn Horcoff in the lineup, as opposed to .302 without him, since Horcoff became team captain.


"It doesn't feel good now, but I can't hang my head. Tomorrow is a new day and we've got Nashville on Sunday."

– Oilers defenceman Jeff Petry



Sunday, March 17 vs. Nashville 
6:00pm MT
(Sportsnet-W / 630 CHED)

After playing nine consecutive games away from Rexall Place, the Oilers are now one game into a four-game homestand with the Nashville Predators up next on Sunday. The Oil will be look for redemption after losing to the Preds in the Music City on March 8. The San Jose Sharks are the next to visit Edmonton on Wednesday.