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Oilers Beat Red Wings 5-4 In Shootout

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Ty Conklin #29 of the Detroit Red Wings (File Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Ty Conklin #29 of the Detroit Red Wings (File Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

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EDMONTON, Alberta (WWJ/AP) – The Edmonton Oilers jumped off to an early lead and held on through a shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 Saturday night.

Wings goalie Ty Conklin got off to a rocky start – letting in two goals on the first three shots by Edmonton.

Wings’ Valtteri Filppula scored on a short-handed goal, getting Detroit on the board in the first period.

Sam Gagner showed the top team in the NHL that his breakout game was no fluke.

Gagner had two goals and an assist, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the shootout winner to help the Edmonton Oilers beat the league-leading Detroit Red Wings.

Gagner followed up on his eight-point game in Edmonton’s 8-4 win over Chicago. He also scored in the shootout.

“It’s a big win for us,” Gagner said. “Especially the way we did it, coming back at the end. I knew I wasn’t going to get another eight-point night. But even after the points kept coming our line was still creating.

“I’m just feeling way better about how I am playing. I want the puck. I want to be the guy.”

The Oilers blew a 3-1 lead in the third period but sent it to overtime when Jordan Eberle scored with 39 seconds left.

Eberle ended up with a pair of goals for the Oilers, who have won three in a row and are 4-0-1 in their last five games.

“We were good for two periods and then sat around and watched them play in the third,” Oilers coach Tom Renney said. “That’s very dangerous against one of the best teams in the league. But we collected ourselves and played more intelligent and showed some character.”

Todd Bertuzzi had a pair of goals, and Valtteri Filppula and Drew Miller also scored for the Red Wings, who snapped a two-game winning streak and lost for only the second time in 11 games.

Detroit almost got on the board first before the game was two minutes old. Darren Helm had a short-handed breakaway, but Oilers starter Devan Dubnyk was able to come up with a clutch save.”It’s a big win for us,” Gagner said. “Especially the way we did it, coming back at the end. I knew I wasn’t going to get another eight-point night. But even after the points kept coming our line was still creating.

“I’m just feeling way better about how I am playing. I want the puck. I want to be the guy.”

The Oilers blew a 3-1 lead in the third period but sent it to overtime when Jordan Eberle scored with 39 seconds left.

Eberle ended up with a pair of goals for the Oilers, who have won three in a row and are 4-0-1 in their last five games.

“We were good for two periods and then sat around and watched them play in the third,” Oilers coach Tom Renney said. “That’s very dangerous against one of the best teams in the league. But we collected ourselves and played more intelligent and showed some character.”

Todd Bertuzzi had a pair of goals, and Valtteri Filppula and Drew Miller also scored for the Red Wings, who snapped a two-game winning streak and lost for only the second time in 11 games.

Detroit almost got on the board first before the game was two minutes old. Darren Helm had a short-handed breakaway, but Oilers starter Devan Dubnyk was able to come up with a clutch save.

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