Red Wings 2, Oilers 1By Paul Harris, The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Sat, Feb 9, 2013 4:50 PM EST
DETROIT -- Niklas Kronwall's third-period goal broke a tie and Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist in the Detroit Red Wings' 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. The teams are fighting for the final Western Conference playoff spots. It was the 11th game of the condensed 48-game schedule for each team. Henrik Zetterberg had two assists for Detroit (6-4-1) and Jimmy Howard made 23 saves. Justin Schultz scored for Edmonton (4-4-3). Forty-year-old Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 28 shots in his first appearance of the season. Kronwall's power-play goal 6:08 into the third period broke a 1-1 tie. He got his first goal on a slap shot from the high slot with Chris VandeVelde in the penalty box for hooking Justin Abdelkader. The Red Wings killed off a 1:07 two-man disadvantage early in the third period. Rookie Schultz' power-play goal tied the game at for Edmonton with 2:05 remaining in the middle period. His fourth goal came on a wrist shot from about 10 feet inside the Detroit blue line. Zetterberg was in the penalty box for holding Corey Potter. Datsyuk opened the scoring with a power play goal 8:33 into the second period. He stuffed a shot through Khabibulin's pads. Datyuk's fourth goal of the season came just after Detroit failed to score on a 5-on-3 power-play opportunity. Khabibulin stopped Damien Brunner's tip attempt with 3:46 left in the second period. There was no scoring in the first period. Edmonton's Ben Eager hit the goal post with about 9:30 left in the period. NOTES: Saturday was Hockey Day in Canada and the game was a part of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's coverage. ... Detroit forward Todd Bertuzzi didn't play because of back pain and Red Wings center Darren Helm has played only one game this season because of back issues. ... Wayne Gretzky, the NHL Hall of Famer and former Oilers great, told NHL.com that Detroit center Henrik Zetterberg is his favorite player of the last 10 years and that Zetterberg is the best Swedish player in NHL history. ... Edmonton center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins returned after missing a game because of an injured shoulder. ... Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry was born in Ann Arbor, grew up in suburban Detroit and played at Michigan State. Edmonton defenseman Corey Potter is from Lansing and also played at Michigan State.
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