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game recap

Wings blank Oilers 3-0 in the Motor City

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Ryan Dittrick - edmontonoilers.com

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Wings blank Oilers 3-0 in the Motor City
Edmonton Oilers 0, Detroit Red Wings 3
Three Stars of the Game
Jimmy Howard
1st
Jimmy Howard
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 18-18
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: 1.000SH: 1-1
Drew Miller
2nd
Drew Miller
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 10:08
Justin Abdelkader
3rd
Justin Abdelkader
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 5
+/-: 1TOI: 12:35

Detroit's Drew Miller, Niklas Kronwall and Valtteri Filppula each scored, while Jimmy Howard stopped all 24 attempts to blank the Oilers 3-0 Friday night at Joe Louis Arena.

Nikolai Khabibulin got the start in goal, posting 27 saves in his first regulation-time loss of 2011-12.

FIRST PERIOD

Looking to create a more balanced road attack, the Oilers and Red Wings combined to record a mere three shots in the game's opening six minutes.

The orange and blue choreographed the best chance when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins helped create a 2-on-1 chance between Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, but goal (let alone a shot) couldn't be cashed.

Following the slow start, the Oilers began to push. A strong, minute-long sequence by the team's 94-10-83 connection helped Ladislav Smid wind up with a pair of quality chances, but were both turned aside by Red Wings starter Jimmy Howard.

At 10:35, however, and on Detroit's fourth shot, the Red Wings pulled ahead. A centering pass by Patrick Eaves pinballed off the skates of Jeff Petry and Tom Gilbert into the slot; Drew Miller was there to pounce, snapping the puck behind an ill-prepared Nikolai Khabibulin to put the home side up 1-0.

A tripping minor to Theo Peckham at 15:30 put the Red Wings' 18.5-percent power-play to work. Point-blank chances by Nick Lidstrom, Dan Cleary and Johan Franzen propelled Detroit to an 11-9 shot advantage, but the Oilers' 86.9-percent PK, along with the heroics of Khabibulin, helped best the Wings' attack.

With 20 minutes expired, the Oilers continued to trail 1-0.

SECOND PERIOD

It didn't take for the Red Wings to extend the lead. Just 2:05 into the period, Niklas Kronwall stepped into a bullet at the point, beating Khabibulin upstairs, blocker-side, to make it a 2-0 game.

In need of a spark, Lennart Petrell provided it 46 seconds later. The 27-year-old rookie dropped the mitts with Detroit's Justin Abdelkader in a spirited and highly-entertaining bout. Petrell was a little too agressive, however; he was assessed a minor for instigating, plus an additional minor for insigating with a visor.

As a result, the Red Wings were put on an extended four-minute power-play.

Having already made 12 saves on the night, Khabibulin came up big. Henrik Zetterberg, who was a game-time decision, drove the net and created a gold-star rebound opportunity for Franzen. No. 93 snapped a quick shot, but the 38-year-old 'tender robbed him with his pad to keep the game within reach.

With 10:48 remaining, the Oilers came oh-so-close to drawing within one. Andy Sutton stepped into a slapper at the near circle, but Howard went into the splits to make a sensational glove save, preserving his club's two-goal edge.

At 11:40, the Oilers went to the power-play when the home side was charged with too many men. The chance allowed the orange and blue to pull even on the shot clock (15-15), but were unable to manufacture a goal.

With 4:18 on the clock, Lidstrom, a seven-time Norris winner, cranked a shot that struck iron on Khabibulin's blocker side; while the crowd rose in celebration, the game remained in a 2-0 score.

Sutton was charged with high-sticking Detroit's Darren Helm at 19:45, putting the Red Wings on their fourth power-play attempt. 1:44, along with the home team's 2-0 lead, would be carried into the third period. With 40 minutes in the books, the Red Wings also held a slim 20-16 edge in shots.

THIRD PERIOD

Following a kill to start the period, the Oilers then went to the attack. A well-planned 2-on-1 chance emerged for Ryan Jones and Eric Belanger 2:10 in. No. 28 dished to veteran centre, but his one-time attempt caught Howard's blocker-side post.

At 3:07, Kronwall was charged with holding, putting the Oilers on their third power-play chance. The visitors peppered Howard with four shots, but were unable to solve the 27-year-old.

The parade to the box continued at 6:04 when the Oilers went back to the man-disadvantage; Tom Gilbert's interference minor put the Red Wings' 0-for-5 power-play back onto the ice. With 19 seconds remaining, the PP vaulted to a two-man advantage; Ryan Jones was assessed a minor for slashing.

Numerous saves by Khabibulin and a consistent box-out by the Oilers' D prevented the home side from damaging the scoreboard.

With 5:08 remaining, the Red Wings scored an insurance marker. Zetterberg and Valtteri Filppula broke in a 2-on-1 against Ladislav Smid. Detroit's No. 40 placed a well-executed saucer pass across, and Filppula connected with a backhand tip, putting his club up 3-0.

The remaining minutes elapsed without incident as the Oilers dropped a 3-0 score to the Red Wings in Detroit.

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scoring summary
1st Period
10:35
DET
Drew Miller (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrick Eaves (1)
1 - 0 DET
2nd Period
02:05
DET
Niklas Kronwall (3) Slapshot - ASST: Jiri Hudler (4), Justin Abdelkader (2)
2 - 0 DET
3rd Period
14:52
DET
Valtteri Filppula (3) Tip-in - ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (3), Johan Franzen (6)
3 - 0 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
15:30
EDM
Theo Peckham  Tripping against  Drew Miller
2nd Period
02:51
EDM
Lennart Petrell  Misconduct (10 min) against  Justin Abdelkader
02:51
EDM
Lennart Petrell  Instigator - face shield against  Justin Abdelkader
02:51
EDM
Lennart Petrell  Instigator against  Justin Abdelkader
02:51
DET
Justin Abdelkader  Fighting (maj) against  Lennart Petrell
02:51
EDM
Lennart Petrell  Fighting (maj) against  Justin Abdelkader
05:30
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Interference against  Ryan Jones
11:40
DET
Jiri Hudler  Too many men/ice - bench
19:44
EDM
Andy Sutton  Hi-sticking against  Darren Helm
3rd Period
03:07
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Holding against  Taylor Hall
06:04
EDM
Tom Gilbert  Interference against  Justin Abdelkader
07:45
EDM
Ryan Jones  Slashing against  Daniel Cleary
goalie stats
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 0
Jimmy Howard
Jimmy Howard
7-3-1
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 18 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1