“Lucky bounces for us,” said Deslauriers, who was pulled in the Oilers’ 7-3 loss to Vancouver on Saturday. “We haven’t had too many lucky bounces this year. We’ll take it.”
“I didn’t think we were any good,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “I saw continuous turnovers, guys getting beat up the ice. We weren’t good. They were better than us from start to finish.”
O’Sullivan made it 3-1 at 8:50 of the second when Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk(notes) deflected O’Sullivan’s attempted pass in the high slot. The puck then slid slowly into the net under Howard’s pads.
“The first one was a lucky bounce,” O’Sullivan said. “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.”
O’Sullivan has been struggling offensively this season.
“This, hopefully, will help him,” Oilers coach Pat Quinn said. “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.”
Edmonton led 2-1 after the first period.
“They got two great bounces for themselves,” Howard said. “That’s the difference in the game, basically.”
Nilsson made it 2-0 with 2:51 left in the first on a flashy play in which he put the puck between defenseman Jonathan Ericsson’s(notes) legs at the bottom of the left circle, made a move on Howard and slid a forehand shot into the net for his second goal.
“When he gets in that spot, he’s got the skill. That’s not the question,” Quinn said. “The thing is getting to that spot.”
Cleary put the Red Wings on the board with less than 1 second left in the period when he put in a one-timed shot from the high slot for his sixth goal.
NOTES: Detroit D Brian Rafalski(notes) (back) and RW Patrick Eaves(notes) (ankle) sat out. … Detroit D Jakub Kindl(notes) made his NHL debut. … Oilers C Mike Comrie(notes), who played college hockey at Michigan, missed his seventh game because of mononucleosis. … Nilsson returned after missing 10 games due to a concussion. … Edmonton’s previous five wins over Detroit had been in shootouts. … Ericsson was helped off the ice with 6:24 left. Babcock said he was day-to-day. … The Oilers sent RW Colin McDonald(notes) to Springfield of the AHL after the game.