Detroit at Edmonton

Red Wings win sixth straight thanks to Filppula goal in final minute wire reports

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Valtteri Filppula gave the Detroit Red Wings a rare win in Edmonton and kept the Oilers from salvaging a point from overtime.

Filppula scored with 24.4 seconds left in the third period to give the Detroit Red Wings their sixth victory in a row -- 2-1 against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.

"We were all thinking it was looking like overtime," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "At the end of the day when you play them and have a chance to win, it is very disappointing. To have that evaporate in the last 30 seconds of a game, that's tough."

The victory was Detroit's third in Edmonton since January 1999. The Oilers had earned a point in 14 of their previous 15 home games against the Wings.

After a back-and-forth third period, Filppula fought off Dick Tarnstrom and beat Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson high to the glove side.

Henrik Zetterberg's second-period goal gave him at least one point in each of Detroit's 13 games this season. Steve Staios scored for Edmonton.

"I don't think we were as committed as we usually are to get on the inside and get dirty," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "I didn't think we had good jump today but we found a way to win the game. We still controlled a lot of the game but we weren't Red Wing-like as far as getting after them and with our jump."

Niklas Lidstrom made a perfect feed to Zetterberg on the power play four minutes into the second period and Zetterberg tallied his 10th of the season.

But Edmonton responded less than two minutes later off the faceoff when Staios blasted a shot from the point that beat Chris Osgood high to the stick side.


  • Oilers D Matt Greene had to be helped off the ice early in the second with an ankle injury after a collision with Dallas Drake.
  • Drake (cheek bone) and Johan Franzen (knee) will were both back in the lineup for Detroit. Matt Ellis and Aaron Downey sat out.
  • Oilers rookie Andrew Cogliano has two shorthanded goals, tying him for the league lead with Niklas Hagman and Mike Richards.
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'What happened, boys?' Oilers coach Craig MacTavish seems to say after the deciding goal.  (Getty Images)
'What happened, boys?' Oilers coach Craig MacTavish seems to say after the deciding goal. (Getty Images)
Detroit  (10-2-1) «0112
Edmonton (5-8-0)0101
Three Stars
D. Roloson

Saves: 32
Save Pct.: .941
S. Gagner

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
C. Osgood

Saves: 15
Save Pct.: .938

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Scoring Summary
04:00Power Play - Henrik Zetterberg (10), Slap Shot. Assist: Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski
05:49Steve Staios (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Jarret Stoll
19:35Valtteri Filppula (2), Snap Shot. Assist: Pavel Datsyuk
Penalty Summary
10:16Lilja, 2 min, Interference
17:15Horcoff, 2 min, High-Sticking
02:53Reasoner, 2 min, Tripping
09:14Lebda, 2 min, High-Sticking
15:05Drake, 2 min, Holding
46.0Horcoff, 2 min, Tripping
Chris Osgood60:00151
Dwayne Roloson59:51322
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Referees - Gord Dwyer, Dave Jackson
Linesmen - Don Henderson, Thor Nelson
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