The Detroit Red Wings were able to steal two points in Edmonton on Wednesday night. They were able to cap off a victory after taking it home in the shootout. This was the Red Wings’ fourth-straight victory in a row, and things continue to work well.
Even though the Detroit Red Wings had some struggles in the third period, letting the Oilers climb back into it, they could fend off their stars in overtime and take it home in the shootout. The Red Wings rode the backs of Ville Husso in the shootout, who made several big stops to keep them alive.
With a solid start to the game, Detroit found ways to get the job done. The offense was working well for them and continues to be part of the team’s M.O. of late. Detroit grabbed two points from Edmonton, which was huge for them.
The road trip can get the best of teams, but the Red Wings are halfway through it with four points to their credit after taking the first two games. Let’s dive into the contest with the Oilers from Wednesday night.
Detroit Red Wings pick up their fourth straight win against Oilers.
Dylan Larkin continues to stay red-hot with the offense and got things going early for the Detroit Red Wings. Not that this is a shock to anyone, but he was able to bury one on the power play to give the Red Wings a 1-0 lead early on. He caught the puck on the goal line and was able to turn and fire one past Jack Campbell to beat him for the goal. Here’s the goal…
Near the end of the first, the Red Wings were able to pick up another goal and make it 2-0. It was defenseman Moritz Seider who was able to get the puck down low, carrying it himself, opting to throw a puck on the net.
Ultimately, he tucked it in short-side off of Campbell, who gave up another soft goal to make it 2-0 in favor of Detroit. A little backhand shot caused trouble for Campbell, who was in a tough position, and the puck ricocheted into the back of the net. Here’s the goal…
It was a solid period for the Red Wings from top to bottom. They had the offense working, even if it was two soft goals on Campbell’s part. They kept the Oilers’ offense from ramping up and finished off the first 20 minutes, keeping Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl relatively quiet. Another solid start for them in the first period, which has been a constant in recent games for Detroit.
In true Detroit Red Wings fashion, they surrendered a goal early in the second. McDavid flipped a pass to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as Larkin pressured him. Nugent-Hopkins took the puck wide and then let a quick snapshot go to beat Ville Husso for the goal. The Oilers crawled back within one with this goal early in the second period.
It was very unlike the Red Wings, but they extended their lead around the mid-point of the second period. It was forward Robby Fabbri who found the back of the net with a wrist shot to beat Campbell. After a good play to keep it in as Filip Hronek sent it down the boards to David Perron, he was able to tally his 699th career point after sending one to Fabbri, who buried the Red Wings’ third goal. Here’s the goal…
Edmonton continued their push as Nugent-Hopkins was able to tally his second goal. After a quick tap of the puck, it was re-directed in front, and Nugent-Hopkins banged it home for the Oilers’ second tally of the night. He made it 3-2, leaving Detroit ahead by just one, once again.
The Red Wings were not going to be quieted. They continued to find ways to get it done. It was defenseman Olli Maatta who crashed on a face-off win from Dylan Larkin, letting a slap-shot rip from the point on the loose puck. He beat Campbell and gave the Red Wings a 4-2 lead late in the second period. Here’s the goal…
After a problematic first five minutes or so of the second, the team kicked things back into gear. They kept the pressure coming and were able to stay on top. They carried a 4-2 lead into the second intermission after matching Edmonton’s goal total of two during the second frame.
In the third period, Edmonton came out with their foot on the gas pedal. It was forward Leon Draisaitl who was able to convert on the power-play and make it 4-3. Draisaitl buried one past Husso, and the Red Wings were in a tough spot.
Quickly after that, it was Oilers forward Derek Ryan who was able to get a stick on a shot from Klim Kostin and re-direct it beyond Husso. That tied the game up at four, and the Red Wings started to be in a tough spot. Frankly, after that power-play goal from Draisaitl, the Red Wings started to get outplayed by Edmonton.
They would end up fending off Edmonton, but after a true collapse in the third period, the Red Wings forced overtime after finishing regulation with things tied at four a side.
After a crazy overtime, things were unable to be decided. Plenty of scoring chances on both ends of the ice, but the Red Wings played it well against McDavid, forcing him off the puck and causing them to make weak scoring chances and trusting Husso to do the job, which he did. They had a much-better performance in overtime than they had shown in the third period. But the Red Wings had to head to the shootout to decide things.
After five rounds of the shootout, the Red Wings were able to cap off the victory. Some questionable shooting decisions, but the Red Wings were able to cap off the victory and emerge victorious with two points. Here’s a look at the game-winning shot…
Suter, with a nice backhand goal, snuck into the net and helped the Red Wings earn the win. It was a great job by Detroit to earn two points in a tense finish stemming from the third period into overtime and the shootout eventually.
Detroit now heads to Calgary to take on the Flames tomorrow, looking to earn their fifth win in a row, keeping the good times rollin’ on this side of the All-Star Break.