|Date of game: 1/6/2015
Recap: Edmonton vs. Detroit
Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - A costly penalty by Benoit Pouliot led to the Reds Wings' game-winning goal with 34 seconds remaining in regulation as Detroit pulled out a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.
Jordan Eberle's second goal of the night evened things at 2-2 late in the third period, but Pouliot's head-scratching spearing penalty with 2:29 on the clock put the Oilers in a bind.
A scrum in front resulted in the puck getting accidentally knocked into the net by Edmonton's Matt Hendricks with time winding down. Pavel Datsyuk was credited with the goal, and Luke Glendening sealed things with an empty- netter.
Justin Abdelkader and Kyle Quincey also scored for the Red Wings, who have won eight straight against the Oilers and four of six overall.
"We were getting a lot of chances out there," Quincey said. "We're happy to come out of here with two points."
Jimmy Howard made 21 saves to pick up the win, while his counterpart, Vikor Fasth, posted 37 saves in defeat.
Eberle scored a power-play goal at the 15:29 mark of the first period, and Detroit pulled even midway through the middle stanza.
Quincey caught a fortunate bounce when his first shot hit off a defenseman's skate and fell back on his stick. Fasth was on his knees for the original shot, and Quincey went top shelf for his second goal of the season.
Eberle was whistled for tripping with 1:40 remaining, and on the first shift after the penalty, the Red Wings won a faceoff in the offensive zone and set up Niklas Kronwall at the point. Abdelkader's deft deflection of Kronwall's slap shot found a space between Fasth's pads and went in at the 18:29 mark.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins set up the tying goal by threading the needle with a cross-ice pass between Howard and a defenseman, and Eberle cashed in with 4:05 remaining.
"It was good to see Jordan pop a couple like that. It was good to see him moving his feet and really competing," Oilers interim head coach Todd Nelson said.Game Notes
Abdelkader has already tied his career high with 10 goals ... Howard improved
to 11-1-2 in 14 career games against Edmonton ... The Oilers last posted a
regulation win over the Red Wings on Dec. 3, 2009 in Detroit ... Detroit owns
a 9-0-5 record over its last 14 trips to Rexall Place.