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Red Wings 4, Oilers 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

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Red Wings 4, Oilers 2
Detroit Red Wings 4, Edmonton Oilers 2

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings scored three power-play goals, including Nicklas Lidstrom's game-winner on a two-man advantage in the third period, in a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.

The win that evened the playoff series after four games had Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish livid with referees Marc Joannette and Dean Warren.

"It's a different standard with those two," MacTavish said. "It seems like you get credited for having the courage to call everything."

"Maybe (only) one stretch we were able to roll four lines in succession," MacTavish said. "That's not the way we wanted to play."

Tomas Holmstrom and Henrik Zetterberg also scored power-play goals and Robert Lang had a goal and two assists for Detroit, which hosts Game 5 on Saturday.

"It's down to the best two-out-of-three now," Red Wings forward Kirk Maltby said. "These guys are going to keep coming until the series is over."

There were 19 penalties called in the game.

"That's the way they have been calling it in other series as well," Lidstrom said.

Fernando Pisani and Jaroslav Spacek scored power-play goals for Edmonton before a loud sellout crowd of 16,829 at Rexall Place.

"We can't be complaining like that," Oilers forward Raffi Torres said. "We took stupid penalties today and it cost us the game."

Detroit, which earned the President's Trophy for the best regular season record, avenged two straight losses while playing without captain Steve Yzerman who was out with a back injury.

"I think we're getting there," Lidstrom said after scoring his first goal of the playoffs at 6:44 of the third period after the Oilers contended an illegal pick was set on Jarret Stoll.

"I thought it could have easily been called," said MacTavish, who later admitted the loss may not have been all the referees' fault. "We contributed to our own demise."

Mathieu Schneider had three assists for the Red Wings.

"We feel we're getting better as this series goes on," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "And we think we'll continue to get better."

Edmonton appeared to score the tying goal midway through the third period on a wraparound by Ryan Smyth, but a video review concluded a sprawling Manny Legace got his glove on the puck in time. The soft-spoken Legace thought the refereeing was nothing special.

"The first three games I thought they let a lot more go," said Legace, who finished with 24 saves. "But tonight was just like a normal regular-season game."

The Red Wings had seven power-play chances in the first two periods, but scored just once when Holmstrom crowded the crease for a tip-in on another 5-on-3.

Lang gave Detroit a 2-1 lead with 37 seconds left in the first period on a pinball goal that went in off the skate of Spacek.

Pisani scored the game's first goal from the right circle in the first period after Torres worked through two defenders to earn his first playoff assist.

Spacek tied the game 2-2 in the second with a one-timer off a cross-ice feed from Ales Hemsky for Edmonton's second goal on 10 shots.

Zetterberg backhanded the fourth goal in the third period with Hemsky off for tripping.

The Red Wings were 3-for-11 on the power play and outshot Edmonton 31-26 after losing 4-3 in double overtime on Tuesday night. There were 19 penalties called in Game 4.

Yzerman was a game-time scratch.

"He tried and he couldn't get going," Babcock said. "I think he'll be fine."

Notes: Rookie D Matt Greene took three penalties in his playoff debut for the Oilers in place of veteran DickTarnstrom (right hip injury). ... F Ethan Moreau also made his playoff debut for Edmonton, replacing Todd Harvey, who has an upper body injury. ... Fans started throwing debris on the ice in the third period, eliciting a plea from the public address announcer.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:22
EDM
PPG - Fernando Pisani (2) ASST: Raffi Torres (1), Shawn Horcoff (5)
1 - 0 EDM
13:25
DET
PPG - Tomas Holmstrom (1) ASST: Mathieu Schneider (4), Robert Lang (2)
1 - 1 Tie
19:23
DET
Robert Lang (2) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (1), Niklas Kronwall (3)
2 - 1 DET
2nd Period
04:03
EDM
PPG - Jaroslav Spacek (2) ASST: Ales Hemsky (2), Sergei Samsonov (3)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
06:44
DET
PPG - Nicklas Lidstrom (1) ASST: Mathieu Schneider (5), Robert Lang (3)
3 - 2 DET
15:53
DET
PPG - Henrik Zetterberg (4) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (2), Mathieu Schneider (6)
4 - 2 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
00:25
EDM
Raffi Torres  Tripping against  Niklas Kronwall
06:02
DET
Jason Williams  Hooking against  Brad Winchester
08:40
EDM
Brad Winchester  Holding against  Nicklas Lidstrom
11:34
EDM
Matt Greene  Cross checking against  Kirk Maltby
12:17
EDM
Steve Staios  Cross checking against  Henrik Zetterberg
16:28
DET
Tomas Holmstrom  Holding the stick against  Jaroslav Spacek
2nd Period
00:32
EDM
Michael Peca  Elbowing against  Mathieu Schneider
03:43
DET
Kirk Maltby  Hooking against  Sergei Samsonov
08:26
DET
Brett Lebda  Holding against  Michael Peca
11:30
EDM
Brad Winchester  Holding against  Brett Lebda
14:15
EDM
Matt Greene  Hooking against  Daniel Cleary
15:46
DET
Mikael Samuelsson  Interference against  Steve Staios
16:08
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Hooking against  Shawn Horcoff
17:52
DET
Chris Chelios  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Smyth
3rd Period
01:13
DET
Tomas Holmstrom  Cross checking against  Ryan Smyth
05:06
EDM
Matt Greene  Tripping against  Jason Williams
06:29
EDM
Fernando Pisani  Hi-sticking against  Mikael Samuelsson
10:01
EDM
Marc-Andre Bergeron  Interference against  Tomas Holmstrom
15:22
EDM
Ales Hemsky  Tripping against  Brett Lebda
16:08
DET
Johan Franzen  Slashing against  Brad Winchester
goalie stats
Manny Legace
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 11 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 10
SV%: .923SH: 5 - 5
Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 31TOI: 57:43
Saves: 27EV: 11 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 15 - 18
SV%: .871SH: 1 - 1

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