The Detroit Red Wings handed the Edmonton Oilers their second loss of the regular season, clinging on to a 4-2 win nd moving to 7-5-2 on the season.
The Red Wings game out of the gates hot. They had solid amounts of offensive zone time, as all of the lines started generating consistent chances.
Vladislav Namestnikov zipped up the wing and blitzed straight to the net, protecting the puck from an Oilers defender and slipping it in. 1-0 Detroit.
Detroit finished the period with a 16-9 advantage in shots on goal, outplaying the Oilers and keeping the pressure high in the offensive zone.
The Red Wings kept the pressure going early in the second and had a chance to extend the lead with a man advantage. The power play had some fantastic looks, keeping the puck in the offensive zone (thanks to the effort of the power play quarterback, Mortiz Seider) and creating chances left and right. However, they didn’t manage to cash in.
Namestnikov nabbed another one a few minutes after the power play expired, knocking in a rebound at the front of the net to extend Detroit’s lead to two.
The lethal Edmonton power play was given its first attempt of the game nearly nine minutes into the second. Despite a solid amount of time in their defensive zone, the Wings managed to limit the scoring chance and come away with a kill.
Dylan Larkin took advantage of turnover by goaltender Stuart Skinner and slid the pick into an empty net, extending the lead to three.
Edmonton had another shot to get on the board with a power play. McDavid had the best chance of the man advantage, speeding past three defenders to the front of the net, but Alex Nedeljkovic stifled the chance. The Oilers struggled to get comfortable and eventually came up empty on their second chance.
With less than a minute left in the period, Danny DeKeyser missed on a shot from the point and the puck bounced to the neutral zone. Jesse Puljujarvi collected the loose puck for a breakaway and ripped one past Nedeljkovic. 3-1 Detroit.
Edmonton sliced the lead down to just one goal less than a minute into the first, as Connor McDavid rocketed one past Neddy.
The game grinded on for a stretch until boarding call on Darnell Nurse gave the Red Wings their second power play opportunity of the game. The unit looked discombobulated, giving up shorthanded chances and never getting in rhythm.
The Red Wings sealed the win with an empty netter from Mortiz Seider, his second goal of the season. Detroit is now on a three game win streak heading into their Thursday night game against the Washington Capitals.