- Despite squandering an early lead, the Edmonton Oilers won their third straight game on Tuesday night at Rogers Place, defeating the Detroit Red Wings 7-5.
- Sam Gagner scored the game’s only goal in the second period, beating Oilers netminder Mikko Koskinen from a tight angle.
Despite squandering an early lead, the Edmonton Oilers won their third straight game, defeating the Detroit Red Wings 7-5 at Rogers Place on Tuesday night.
After all, was said and done, Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft said, “Not a Picasso by any stretch.”
The Oilers dominated the game’s first shifts. Before the game had even started, Devin Shore tipped Derek Ryan’s shot to make it 1-0. Connor McDavid scored his 33rd goal of the season, and Zach Hyman scored on a backhand to put the Oilers up 3-0 just 4:35 into the game.
Thomas Greiss, the Wings’ goalkeeper, was pulled after allowing three goals on six shots.
After the game, Oilers winger Evander Kane said, “We got off to probably a perfect start.” “Couldn’t have drawn it up any better.”
“I think we got a bit too comfortable with where we were at in the game in those first five (minutes), and that leaked into the second and third (periods).”
Detroit came back with a strong effort and a goal from Marc Staal’s stick. Late in the first period, the Oilers went on the power play. McDavid fed Kailer Yamamoto for a tap-in and a 4-1 lead.
The only goal of the 2nd period came from Sam Gagner, who beat Oilers netminder Mikko Koskinen from a tight angle.
The Wings tied it up in the third period with goals 34 seconds apart. Filip Zadina scored on the power play, and then Staal scored his second goal of the night.
“I think we got away from what made us successful,” said Warren Foegele of the Edmonton Oilers. “That’s playing north, getting pucks behind their defense, and we were making plays we haven’t done much of recently, and that’s something we don’t want to creep into our game.”
With his ninth goal less than two minutes later, Kane restored the Oilers’ lead, but the Wings responded once more. After Koskinen was caught behind the net, Lucas Raymond tied the game at 5-5.
With 5:25 left, Foegele’s wraparound attempt deflected Staal and skittered up goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic of Detroit.
“Honestly, I was trying to feed Shore backdoor,” Foegele said after the game. “But it’s one of those bounces that finally went my way this time.”
“I’m glad Warren got his due, and he finished the night plus three, so he’s doing some things right,” Woodcroft said.
Kane added an empty-netter to his tally for the evening.
Fifteen of Edmonton’s 18 skaters scored at least one point in the game.
On Thursday, the Oilers (33-23-4) will face the Buffalo Sabres.
Source: Global News