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WINGS BLITZ OILERS.....RED WINGS 8, Edmonton 3, Sa 2/7/09
Posted on: 02-07-2009

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>>caption:  CHRIS CHELIOS


    The Red Wings came ready
to play Saturday afternoon.
The Oilers came to watch.
    Before first intermission
the Wings led 5-0, their biggest
offensive period of the season.
Five different Detroiters already
had multiple scoring points.
    By game's end the scoreboard
read:  Detroit 8, Edmonton 3.
    Eight different Red Wings scored the team's season-high eight goals. Detroit
took a 6-0 lead into the 3rd-Per.
    Before many of the matinee fans had settled into their seats it was 3-0 in
the game's first 5:44.
    Brian Rafalski (#8) blasted a power play goal slapshot from the right circle
at 1:47/1. Brett Lebda (#5) pinched down low to tip in a Kris Draper cross-ice
pass at 3:18/1. Dan Cleary (#9) deflected a Niklas Kronwall shot at 5:44/1. The
Wings got two more before the frame was finished. Marian Hossa (#29) zipped
up the slot to tip a Kronwall feed at 13:01/1 for his fifth goal in three games.
Pavel Datsyuk (#20) re-directed a Henrik Zetterberg pass at 18:02/1.  
    Detroit out-shot Edmonton 16-5 in the 1st-Per and goalie Dwayne Roloson
took a seat on the Oilers bench when the 2nd-Per began, although he could
hardly be blamed for the deficit which was built while his teammates did little
to stop it.    
    The 2nd-Per was more evenly played with the Wings getting the only goal
on relief netminder Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers with less than seven full seconds
left on the clock. Nicklas Lidstrom (#9) blasted a left point slapshot for his
second goal in as many games. The pass to Lidstrom came from Kronwall, who
earned his third assist of the day.
    The Wings got sloppy with their big lead and Edmonton scored three straight
3rd-Per goals to spoil Ty Conklin's shutout bid. Zack Stortini (#2) swept in a
wrap-around at 3:54/3. Dustin Penner (#12) converted a tip-in at 7:01/3. Marc
Pouliot (#7) fired a pretty wrister at 11:41/3.
    After it became 6-3, the Wings regained their composure. An Oilers turnover
allowed Mikael Samuelsson (#14) to go on a solo rush and score on a backhander
at 15:29/3. Just 17-sec later rookie call-up Ville Leino (#2) tipped in a Kirk Maltby
right point slapshot at 15:43 for the 8-3 final.
    Detroit completed a perfect 3-0 homestand and went to 3-0 vs Edmonton this


R-WINGS H-COACH MIKE BABCOCK:   "We wanted to emphasize the start. (Edmonton)
is in the eighth (playoff) spot. That means it's a playoff game for them...We had a lot of
good things going for us. We had a lot of key contributions from a lot of people."

R-WINGS DEF/CAPT NICKLAS LIDSTROM:   "That was great to see how our team came
out right from the start...We were being more aggressive and they weren't able to set up."

R-WINGS Rt-WING DAN CLEARY:   "I thought that was our best period of the year.
All four lines were effective. We outshot them), the power play was good. Sometimes
early we're on our heels, but we were pressuring them the whole period."

R-WINGS DEF NIKLAS KRONWALL:   "Couple of lucky bounces, guys were in the right
spot and I just kind of helped to give it to them and they did the rest of the job
(for his three assists).''

R-WINGS GOALIE TY CONKLIN:   "We weren't quite as tight in the third (defensively).
It was 6-0 going into the third and they didn't want it to get any worse than that."

OILERS H-COACH CRAIG MacTAVISH:   "They picked us apart with point shots and

OILERS FWD ZACK STORTINI:   "They jumped all over us."


    The eight Detroit goals were the most by the Wings since a 9-2 win over
Phoenix in October of 2006.
    The Oilers have yielded eight or more goals three times this season.  
    Kronwall's first assist was his 100th NHL point.
    Leino has a scoring point in all three of his NHL games on 2-G & 1-A.
    Detroit FWD Tomas Kopecky missed the game with a slight hip pointer.
    Red Wings L-Wing Johan Franzen was hit in his left hand by a shot early in
the 1st-Per. Although he played out the opening 20-mins, he did not return once
Detroit built its 5-0 lead. While X-Rays were negative, Franzen will undergo a
CAT scan.
    Detroit Rt-Wing Tomas Holmstrom will undergo sports hernia surgery in
Philadelphia on Wednesday. It's expected Holmer will miss about five weeks
of action.
    The Red Wings open a two-game road trip at Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon.


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