Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 3/16/13
Pavel Datsyuk scored at 3:39 of overtime to give Detroit a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night, snapping the Red Wings' three-game skid. Valtteri Filppula and Niklas Kronwall scored in regulation for Detroit, and Jimmy Howard had 30 saves. Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner had the Oilers' goals, and Devan Dubnyk finished with 25 saves. On the game-winner, Datsyuk made a nice move to get past defender Jeff Petry and blasted a shot past Dubnyk. Kronwall got credit for the tying goal with 5:53 to go in the third when Petry knocked the puck into the Oilers' net in an attempt to clear a big rebound on Kronwall's shot. The Oilers started the scoring 3 1/2 minutes in as Hall found a seam to slip past two Detroit defenders up the middle and beat Howard with a low wrist shot. Edmonton had 10 shots in the first period while the Red Wings were only able to direct five shots on Dubnyk. The Oilers came close to adding to their lead one minute into the second period as Magnus Paajarvi sped past Detroit defender Brian Lashoff but Howard was able to make the pad save in tight. Edmonton had another opportunity a few minutes later as Ales Hemsky picked up his own rebound off of the boards and hooked in front of the net, but a sprawling Howard was able to get a piece of it. Detroit came close midway through the second on a power play but Datsyuk's shot went off the post. Edmonton took a 2-0 lead with 4 minutes to play in the second after some hard work by Hall allowed Nail Yakupov to swing out front and take a shot. The rebound was pounded in from the side of the net by Gagner for his team-leading 11th goal of the season. Detroit finally got on the board 4 minutes into the third period as Filppula was allowed to skate out front and lifted a backhand shot past Dubnyk to make it 2-1. Notes: The Oilers were playing at home for the first time in 20 days after enduring a team-record nine-game road trip. ... F Mike Brown made his home debut for the Oilers after being acquired in a trade with Toronto during the lengthy trip. ... The Red Wings swept the three-game series series, winning the previous meetings 3-0 and 2-1. The Wings won three of four games against the Oilers last season. ... After five goals in his first eight games, 2012 first overall draft pick Nail Yakupov has just one in his last 19. ... Howard made his return to the Detroit net after a bout of the flu that saw backup Jonas Gustavsson struggle in his place. ... The Red Wings were without D Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder) and Fs Darren Helm (back), Todd Bertuzzi (back) and Mikael Samuelsson (finger).
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