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Oilers too slick for Wings

Saturday, 10.21.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Oilers too slick for Wings
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Petr Sykora's first season with the Edmonton Oilers is off to a flying start.

Sykora scored the decisive goal late in the third period and fellow newcomer Joffrey Lupul added the clincher as the Oilers skated to a 3-1 triumph over the Red Wings.

Signed to a one-year contract in August, Sykora has blossomed thus far in the Oilers' system that features speed and rewards intelligent play. He has five goals -- including three game-winners -- and four assists in his first seven games with Edmonton, posting a plus-4 rating.

Sykora snapped a 1-1 tie with 6:21 remaining when he took a crisp outlet pass from rookie defenseman Ladislav Smid and skated in on a breakaway. The two-time 30-goal scorer gave a slight shoulder fake to Dominik Hasek before beating the six-time Vezina Trophy winner with a snap shot inside the left goalpost.

Lupul, acquired in the trade that sent star defenseman Chris Pronger to Anaheim in the offseason, added a breakaway tally of his own with 4:11 to play to seal the victory.

Dwayne Roloson made 26 saves and blue-liner Steve Staios also scored for the Oilers, who won for the fourth time in five games.

The Wings lost their third straight contest despite a highlight-reel goal from Pavel Datsyuk midway through the third period and 21 stops by Hasek.



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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80