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DETROIT COMEBACK SHOT-DOWN.....Edmonton 6, RED WINGS 5 (SO), Th 10/29/09
Posted on: 10-29-2009

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    The Oilers didn't take long to solve
their seven period goal scoring dry spell
Thursday night. Edmonton scored three
times in the 1st-Per. The Red Wings countered to tie the contest with a 3-goal
3rd-Per. The home team then topped Detroit in a shootout for a 6-5 decision.
    The lone goal of the shootout session was the third and final Oiler try by Patrick
O'Sullivan that got by the right skate of Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, hit the left
post, and then clanged off the middle bar in the back of the Detroit net.  
    It took just 42-sec for the Oilers to end a 142-min scoreless drought, marking
the second consecutive game where Detroit gave up a goal in the first minute of
    Jean-Francois Jacques (#2) on a wrister at 0:42/1 and Dustin Penner (#9)
on a backhander at 9:09/1 both scored Edmonton rebound goals that Howard had
no chance on. Ales Hemsky (#3) took a pass from Penner to lift a left circle shot
over Howard's left shoulder for a power play goal at 12:24/1 that made it 3-0.
    The Oilers started fast in the 2nd-Per too when Hemsky's second of the game
(#4) was a breakaway on another feed from Penner at 0:58/2 for a 4-0 bulge.
    Just 6-sec after a Detroit penalty kill, Darren Helm forced a neutral zone
turnover and then led a 2-man rush to get Detroit on the board. Helm fired an
off-wing slapshot from the top of the right circle to beat Edmonton goalie
Nikolai Khabibulin high on the far side at 6:15/2. Although Helm was a playoff
hero for Detroit the last two springs after call-ups from AHL Grand Rapids, this
was his first ever NHL regular season goal.
    Edmonton quickly got that goal back when Howard couldn't smother the puck
while down during a scramble in the crease. On the third Oiler jab at the disc,
Shawn Horcoff (#2) poked the puck to the back of the net for a PPG at 9:05/2
to make it 5-1.
    Henrik Zetterberg (#2) was credited with Detroit's second goal at 12:50/2
when the rebound from his wide-angle shot out of the left corner banked into the
net off Edmonton DEF Taylor Chorney.
    The Red Wings stormed back in the 3rd-Per. The rally began with a Jonathan
Ericsson (#3) left circle slapshot through traffic at 6:22/3. Just 1:25 later Todd
Bertuzzi (#2) wristered from the slot at 7:47/3. Fourth liner Patrick Eaves (#1)
tied the game at 5-all, falling down as he snapshot from the right circle through
the legs of Oilers DEF Theo Peckham and past a surprised Khabibulin.
    However, Khabibulin saved the game for the Oilers when he stopped a Nicklas
Lidstrom shot through traffic in the final seconds of regulation. Howard then
robbed Edmonton's Tom Gilbert in the final minute of overtime.
    Prior to the shootout, Khabibulin made 40-SV and Howard 28.
    The Oilers got the win in on O'Sullivan's shootout goal, but still haven't
defeated Detroit in regulation over the last dozen meetings between the clubs
(a 7-0-5 Wings advantage).


R-WINGS H-COACH MIKE BABCOCK:   "If you look at digging yourself a hole like we were
in, it was a heck of a comeback. Good character -- we found a way to do it and get
ourselves a point on the road. The question is obviously preparation. You have to look at
the coach and what's going on in the room. To come out and turn the puck over like we did
and shoot ourselves in the foot like that is absolutely unacceptable...Any time you get
reminded or slapped like we did, you have to look at everything you're doing...We weren't
ready to go, and in the end, it cost us a [standings] point."

R-WINGS DEF/CAPT NICKLAS LIDSTROM:   "We put ourselves in a bad position...We had a
bad first period."

R-WINGS Rt-WING PATRICK EAVES:   "We showed a lot of backbone. We took it to
them in the third period. We got our point. We'll take that."

R-WINGS CEN DARREN HELM:   "It's good to get that first [goal]."

OILERS CEN PATRICK O'SULLIVAN:   "If you sit back and give all those talented players
on their team time, that's going to work against you. That's what happened to us.
I hope we learn from it."

OILERS H-COACH PAT QUINN:   "We made it exciting. I know the fans had some fun.
Anyway, we got a win. That's a good thing."


    Valtteri Filppula went to the locker room immediately after being checked into
the side boards midway through the middle period. X-Rays showed Filppula has a
broken right wrist and will be out at least eight weeks. Prior to his injury, Filppula
drew the primary assist on Helm's goal.
    Penner had 1-G & 3-A for a 4-pt night. Hemsky (2-G & 1-A) and Horcoff (1-G &
2-A) each had 3-pt evenings for Edmonton. Former Michigan State Spartan Horcoff
had only 2-pts in Edmonton's first 12 games prior to Thursday.
    Helm, Ericsson and Eaves all had 1-G & 1-A for Detroit while Pavel Datsyuk
earned 2-A. Helm and Eaves both had plus-3 ratings.
    Eaves' goal was his first as a Red Wing.
    Although he has a 4-0-3 plus a tie (pre-shootout era) NHL career record vs
Edmonton, Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood remained benched after his early exit
(2-GA on 4-SOG) at Vancouver Tuesday.
    The Red Wings finish their season's-longest, 5-game road trip at Calgary
Saturday night.


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