Detroit at Edmonton

Detroit's big rally comes up short in shootout against Edmonton


EDMONTON, Alberta -- Patrick O'Sullivan gave the Edmonton Oilers a full two points in the standings with one accurate shot.

O'Sullivan beat Jimmy Howard with a wrist shot in the third round of a shootout, and Nikolai Khabibulin stopped Henrik Zetterberg on Detroit's final attempt to give the Oilers a 6-5 victory Thursday.

The Red Wings overcame a 5-1 deficit to force overtime.

Zetterberg started the rally midway through the second period, and Jonathan Ericsson, Todd Bertuzzi and Patrick Eaves had third-period goals. Darren Helm also scored for the Red Wings.

"We had a bunch of goals to start, but unfortunately we didn't continue to play the same way we got those goals," Oilers coach Pat Quinn said. "Detroit's a pretty good team. You can't let them off the hook. We had some fear take over. They started checking and we didn't answer it. We got through it tonight, but it wasn't pretty."

Ales Hemsky had two goals and an assist for Edmonton. Linemate Dustin Penner had a goal -- his ninth of the season -- and three assists, and slumping Shawn Horcoff had a goal and two assists. Jean-Francois Jacques also scored.

"It was nice," Horcoff said. "Penner and Hemmer having been playing at such a level, it's been outstanding. I'd been trying to stay positive."

Edmonton snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 7-5-1, while Detroit dropped to 4-4-3 with its fourth loss in five games.

"It's one of those give-and-take situations," he said. "It's one of those situations where you can be somewhat happy to battle back the way we did and steal a point, but we still have to be disappointed with not getting the two points."

Detroit coach Mike Babcock focused primarily on the positives.

"It was very important for our team to battle back the way we did and show that kind of grit and determination," Babcock said. "As a coach you have to question what they were doing at the start of the game. Overall, we shot ourselves in the foot there. But we challenged our team to respond and they did. It was a real good point from where we began with that terrible start."

Detroit outshot Edmonton 20-6 in the third period, with Eaves tying it a 5 with 7:07 remaining.


  • Helm's goal was his first in regular-season play. He has six goals in the playoffs.
  • Horcoff entered the game with only three points and had been shut out in his last seven games.
  • The game was the first of four meetings between the two teams this season. Detroit swept the four-game series last season.
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Nikolai Khabibulin enjoys this win after stopping Henrik Zetterberg on the final shootout attempt. (AP)
Nikolai Khabibulin enjoys this win after stopping Henrik Zetterberg on the final shootout attempt. (AP)
Detroit (4-4-3)02300 (0)5
Edmonton  (7-5-1) «32001 (1)6
Three Stars
D. Penner

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 3
D. Helm

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
S. Horcoff

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
42.0Jean-Francois Jacques (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Brule, O'Sullivan
09:09Dustin Penner (9), Backhand Shot. Assist: Horcoff, Hemsky
12:24Power Play - Ales Hemsky (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Penner, Horcoff
58.0Ales Hemsky (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Penner
06:15Darren Helm (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Filppula, Stuart
09:05Power Play - Shawn Horcoff (2), Backhand Shot. Assist: Grebeshkov, Penner
12:50Henrik Zetterberg (2), Snap Shot. Assist: Kronwall, Datsyuk
06:32Jonathan Ericsson (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Draper, Eaves
07:47Todd Bertuzzi (2), Snap Shot. Assist: Datsyuk
12:53Patrick Eaves (1), Snap Shot. Assist: Helm, Ericsson
 Patrick O'Sullivan (2), GOAL
Penalty Summary
02:10Peckham, 2 min, Roughing
04:31Cogliano, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
11:24Bertuzzi, 2 min, Hooking
04:09Filppula, 2 min, Hooking
08:53Lebda, 2 min, Hooking
04:00Grebeshkov, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
Jimmy Howard 65:0028531
Nikolai Khabibulin 65:0040530
Game Information
Attendance - 16839
Referees - Wes McCauley, Don Van Massenhoven
Linesmen - Steve Barton, Pierre Champoux
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