Oilers Take Wild Ride Past Red Wings

Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood loses his neck guard as he watches the puck trickle in for a power play goal by Ales Hemsky that gives the Oilers an early 1-0 lead. (Dan Riedlhuber - Reuters)
Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood loses his neck guard as he watches the puck trickle in for a power play goal by Ales Hemsky that gives the Oilers an early 1-0 lead. (Dan Riedlhuber - Reuters)

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Associated Press
Friday, November 18, 2005; 1:53 AM

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- The Edmonton Oilers rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period, then blew a two-goal lead and somehow beat the Detroit Red Wings in overtime.

Jarret Stoll scored the winning power-play goal to lift the Oilers to a 6-5 victory on Thursday night.

"It's great for the fans," said Stoll, who fired his sixth goal past Chris Osgood 33 seconds into the extra session. "This is back like it was in the 80s."

Ryan Smyth scored twice in the third period, and Marc-Andre Bergeron and Ethan Moreau added third-period goals.

Edmonton's Shawn Horcoff tied a team record with four assists in the period to leave the Red Wings winless on a three-game swing through Western Canada.

Ales Hemsky had a power-play goal in the first period for Edmonton, which will play six of eight at home. The Oilers recently completed a season-high, seven-game road trip.

"It was a roller-coaster ride, but we'll take it," Smyth said. "The new rules really open things up."

Brendan Shanahan brought the Red Wings to 5-4 with a power-play goal, and Steve Yzerman tied it with his second of the season with 2:18 left in regulation.

Mikael Samuelsson, Pavel Datsyuk, and Johan Franzen also scored for Detroit (15-4-2), which lost at Vancouver on Sunday and in Calgary on Wednesday.

"It was ugly," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "We've got to get home and get regrouped."

Hemsky converted Chris Pronger's pass to the side of the net for a one-timer off a two-man advantage in the first period.

Samuelsson intercepted a long lead pass from Pronger and ripped a shot past Jussi Markkanen just under two minutes later to tie it 1-1 despite Detroit holding a 10-5 shots advantage.

Detroit went ahead 3-1 after Datsyuk, on a power play, and Franzen scored back-to-back goals from the high slot in the second period. Franzen nearly popped his second goal as the second period ended, but his long shot struck the crossbar.

Markkanen, starting for the 15th time in 16 games, was relieved after making 23 saves for his ninth victory.

"I was losing my mind a couple of times," Markkanen said. "I like it when we win, but it was tough when they came back."

Notes: The Oilers were 3-for-8 on the power play. ... Canadian Champ Car driver Alex Tagliani drove a souped-up Zamboni around the ice during the second intermission. ... Horcoff's four assists in the third tied Wayne Gretzky's Edmonton record for a period. The Great One had four in the second period of the Oilers' 6-0 victory at Winnipeg on March 7, 1988.


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