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HOME BITTER HOME.....Edmonton 4, RED WINGS 1, Th 12/3/09
Posted on: 12-03-2009

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>>caption:  NILSSON (#12) SCORED


    The Red Wings lost for the fifth
time in their last six home games
Thursday in a 4-1 defeat to Edmonton.
    The Oilers led all the way and
outshot sluggish Detroit 36-28.
    The Wings only goal was a bit of a surprise, a Dan Cleary (#6) snapshot from
between the circles on a crisp cross-pass off the left wing by Todd Bertuzzi. The
Cleary goal just beat the buzzer past Edmonton goaltender Jeff Deslauriers, coming
with 0.9-sec left in the 1st-Per to get Detroit as close as it would come at 2-1.
    Lubomir Visnovsky's (#6) unassisted wrister for Edmonton was actually a pass
attempt knocked out of mid-air by Detroit DEF Brett Lebda for an own-goal at
5:50/1. Robert Nilsson (#2) made it 2-0 Oilers at 17:09/1 when he took a deft pass
from Ryan Stone and stickhandled through the left circle to tuck the puck behind
Detroit goaler Jimmy Howard.
    Patrick O'Sullivan scored twice in the 2nd-Per for Edmonton. O'Sullivan's first of the
game (#5) at 8:50/2 was a flick off the stick of Detroit back-checker Pavel Datsyuk
and was a slow roller underneath Howard, who'd over-committed to the left side of the
net. O'Sullivan's second (#6) at 11:47/2 was a wrister off a fake that pulled Howard
totally out of position.
    The loss ended a two game Wings win streak.


R-WINGS H-COACH MIKE BABCOCK:   "I saw continuous turnovers, guys getting
beat up the ice. We weren't good. They were better than us from start to finish
...It's unacceptable, it's un-Red Wing like and it can't happen."

R-WINGS GOALIE JIMMY HOWARD:   "They got two great bounces for themselves.
That's the difference in the game, basically."

R-WINGS DEF/CAPT NICKLAS LIDSTROM:   "We're right outside the playoffs [in the
current standings], every point is so important. It's even more disappointing when
you lose a game like this...I think it took the wind out of our sails the way they got
those two goals."

R-WINGS DEF BRAD STUART:   "We need to win games and get back into the playoff
picture. This is a team we should have came out with a better effort against and we
didn't, so it's pretty disappointing.''

OILERS CEN PATRICK O'SULLIVAN:   "The first one was a lucky bounce. The second
one, it's not a lot at this level where you have that much time. Jimmy came out of
the net real far and I was able to take advantage of it."

OILERS H-COACH PAT QUINN:   "This, hopefully, will help [O'Sullivan]. He's fighting
the confidence and has been a guesser when he has the puck. It's not good when
you're a guesser out there."


    Nilsson was just back after missing 10 games due to a concussion.
    The lengthy Detroit injury list got longer when DEF Jonathan Ericsson
left the contest with what was first reported as a serious ankle injury,
but is now termed a minor left knee injury.
    Wings DEF Brian Rafalski sat out with a back injury, so DEF Jakub
Kindal came up from AHL Grand Rapids to make his NHL debut.
    Edmonton farmed-out Rt-Wing Colin McDonald to AHL Springfield after
the game.


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