Red Wings hand Oilers fifth straight loss

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Updated: February 10, 2013

Niklas Kronwall scored the winner in the third
period to help the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on
Saturday.

Pavel Datsyuk posted a goal and an assist while Jimmy Howard made 23 saves for
the Red Wings, who have won their past two and four of six.

Nikolai Khabibulin made 28 stops and Justin Schultz had the lone goal of the
game for the Oilers, who have dropped their past five games.

“Disappointed, of course, with our specialty teams, which has been very strong
this season. Today they deserted us,” Oilers coach Ralph Krueger said.

In the third period with the score tied, Detroit was skating on the power play
and Datsyuk sent the disc from the right circle to the high slot where
Kronwall cranked a huge slap shot that blew through a screen and past
Khabibulin for a 2-1 lead.

“Mule (Johan Franzen) once again did a great job in front. I finally was able
to get one on the net,” said Kronwall. “We talked a lot about shooting the
puck. Mule is going to be there all night long. The rest of us have to do a
better job getting pucks in there.”

Howard needed to make just six stops in the frame, but helped kill off a late
6-on-4 after Franzen got whistled for a penalty and Edmonton pulled the
goalie for an extra attacker.

After a scoreless first period, the Red Wings took a 1-0 lead on the power
play. Henrik Zetterberg sent the puck from the left point to the low left side
where Damien Brunner sent a one-touch pass over to the right and Datsyuk
slipped it in at the 8:33 mark of the second.

Edmonton scored on a power play of its own with 2:05 to play in the second as
Schultz snapped a heavy wrister from the high slot that beat Howard for his
fourth of the season.

Game Notes

Detroit hosts Los Angeles on Sunday … Edmonton plays in Columbus on Sunday
… Detroit took three of four from Edmonton last season and has won nine of
10, overall … Edmonton was 1-for-8 on the power play and Detroit went 2-
for-7.