Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Pavel Datsyuk Scores with under a Minute Left as Red Wings Defeat Oilers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Pavel Datsyuk Scores with under a Minute Left as Red Wings Defeat Oilers

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Datsyuk scores late as Red Wings beat Oilers


EDMONTON - The last thing the Edmonton Oilers can afford to do with the way their season has gone is to gift wrap a game.

Edmonton's Benoit Pouliot took a four-minute spearing penalty in the late stages of a 2-2 game to allow the Detroit Red Wings to score a pair of power-play goals and emerge with a 4-2 victory on Tuesday.

Pouliot wasn't mincing words following a game that he knew cost his team.

"Pretty stupid," he said. "Mostly I just feel bad for the guys because we played hard, we battled back and then I go do something so stupid like that. It's unacceptable.

"It's a 2-2 game, Detroit in town, then I go do that, with three minutes left. It's just stupid.

"I just lost it, I guess and retaliated in a way that I shouldn't have. It's just frustrating. I feel shame, obviously, coming in here after seeing the guys going all out all night, and then I go do something so ridiculous at the end."

Detroit defenceman Kyle Quincey agreed with Pouliot's self assessment of the penalty.

"That wasn't very smart," he said. "We can thank him for that one. That was very timely for us."

Justin Abdelkader had a goal and two assists and Pavel Datyuk scored the game winner and added an assist as the Red Wings won their fourth game in their last six outings.

Quincey and Luke Glendening also scored for the Red Wings (21-10-9), who are 1-1 to start a six-game road trip.

Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg said he was just glad his team was able to come away with the two points after Pouliot's gaffe.

"On the road in a tight game like this, when you get an opportunity like that, you have to take advantage of it," he said of the late power play. "We took our time, but it was nice to finish it off in regulation."

"Obviously that was good for us," added Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock. "We had the puck for the majority of the night, yet the game was 2-2. That's just how the league is, night in and night out. You have to find a way to win these one-goal type games."

It was Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard's 11th consecutive win over Edmonton, turning away 21 shots.

Jordan Eberle responded with both goals for the Oilers (9-23-9), who have lost 23 of their last 26 games.

Edmonton is, however, 2-1-2 under the sole direction of interim head coach Todd Nelson. Viktor Fasth made 37 saves in net for Edmonton.

"It's one of those things that we have to learn from," Nelson said of the late loss. "Viktor (Fasth) gave us a chance to win, I thought he had a strong game. We got down short-handed and that goal, we put it into our own net. Those things happen, but we have to learn from it and move on. There are a lot of positive things going on, so we have to recharge and get ready for the game on Friday."

Detroit came close to starting the scoring just past the midmark of the first period, but Tomas Tatar's backhand shot on the power play rang off the post behind Fasth. …

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