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Red Wings 3, Oilers 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Red Wings 3, Oilers 1
Detroit Red Wings 3, Edmonton Oilers 1

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -The youthful Edmonton Oilers showed their age against the Detroit Red Wings.

Jimmy Howard made 29 saves, Valtteri Filppula broke a tie on a second-period power play and Detroit went on to beat Edmonton 2-1 on Friday night for its third straight victory and sixth in seven games.

Justin Abdelkader opened the scoring for Detroit in the first period, and rookie Taylor Hall tied it for Edmonton on a power play in the second. Dan Cleary added an empty-net goal and had two assists for the Red Wings, coming off a 2-1 victory in Calgary on Wednesday night.

"Coming into a building like this against a young team that is exuberant and high-flying, our goal was to slow down their speed," Cleary said. "Experience was a big factor. We know how to protect leads and how to win on the road. We have proven that the last few nights out West."

The Oilers have one win in their last nine games after a 2-0 start.

"I thought we played the first period as though we weren't sure we belonged on the same sheet as them," Oilers coach Tom Renney said. "But of course we do. We are an NHL team. We have youth on our side and I feel the right tactics. We have to apply ourselves accordingly. It's a great saying: You can't steal second with a foot on first."

Hall, drafted first overall, scored his third goal and first time at home.

Detroit took the lead at 8:46 of the second period when Cleary made a nice backhand pass to Filppula at the side of the net and he sent the puck into the open cage.

The Red Wings came close to taking a two-goal lead before the second period ended, but Nikolai Khabibulin made a huge save, swatting away Henrik Zetterberg's shot.

Edmonton had the bulk of the third-period chances but couldn't get one past Howard before Cleary iced the game with 21 seconds left with his empty-netter.

"Their goalie was unbelievable," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "He stood on his head, especially early. We had the puck behind him four or five times and he was still able to keep it out. Our goalie was very good as well. It was a tight game on the road like you expect."

NOTES: The Red Wings will conclude their three-game trip Saturday night in Vancouver. ... Howard hadn't lost in regulation in 22 starts, going 19-0-3. He's 6-0-1 this season. ... Oilers left winger Steve McIntyre missed the game because of a sore back.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:45
DET
Justin Abdelkader (2) ASST: Mike Modano (1), Daniel Cleary (4)
1 - 0 DET
2nd Period
05:26
EDM
PPG - Taylor Hall (3) ASST: Shawn Horcoff (5), Kurtis Foster (4)
1 - 1 Tie
08:46
DET
PPG - Valtteri Filppula (3) ASST: Daniel Cleary (5), Nicklas Lidstrom (12)
2 - 1 DET
3rd Period
19:39
DET
EN - Daniel Cleary (2) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (7), Henrik Zetterberg (10)
3 - 1 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
08:44
EDM
Gilbert Brule  Cross checking against  Ruslan Salei
08:44
DET
Ruslan Salei  Roughing against  Gilbert Brule
10:35
EDM
Sam Gagner  Hi stick - double minor against  Valtteri Filppula
2nd Period
02:43
DET
Jakub Kindl  Cross checking against  Colin Fraser
04:49
EDM
Gilbert Brule  Fighting (maj) against  Jonathan Ericsson
04:49
DET
Jonathan Ericsson  Fighting (maj) against  Gilbert Brule
04:49
DET
Jonathan Ericsson  Instigator against  Gilbert Brule
04:49
DET
Jonathan Ericsson  Misconduct (10 min)
06:47
EDM
Zack Stortini  Interference against  Henrik Zetterberg
14:53
DET
Brad Stuart  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Whitney
14:53
EDM
Ryan Whitney  Instigator against  Brad Stuart
14:53
EDM
Ryan Whitney  Misconduct (10 min)
14:53
EDM
Ryan Whitney  Fighting (maj) against  Brad Stuart
17:06
DET
Jakub Kindl  Hi-sticking against  Jordan Eberle
3rd Period
01:53
DET
Ruslan Salei  Tripping against  Gilbert Brule
14:04
DET
Nicklas Lidstrom  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
goalie stats
Jimmy Howard
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 23 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .967SH: 1 - 1
Nikolai Khabibulin
Nikolai Khabibulin
3-6-1
SA: 29TOI: 59:07
Saves: 27EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .931SH: 2 - 2

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