DETROIT (AP) – Niklas Kronwall’s third-period goal broke a tie, and Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist in the Detroit Red Wings’ 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.
Henrik Zetterberg had two assists, and Jimmy Howard made 23 saves for Detroit (6-4-1).
Rookie defenseman Justin Schultz scored the lone goal for Edmonton (4-4-3), and 40-year-old Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 28 shots in his first game of the season
Kronwall’s power-play tally at 6:08 of the third period gave Detroit a 2-1 lead. His first goal of the season was scored with a slap shot from the high slot. It came as Edmonton’s Chris VandeVelde served a penalty for hooking Justin Abdelkader.
The Red Wings killed off a two-man disadvantage that lasted 1:07 early in the third period.
Schultz’ power-play goal made it 1-1 with 2:05 left in the second period. His fourth goal came on a wrist shot from about 10 feet inside the blue line, while Zetterberg was in the penalty box for holding Corey Potter.
Datsyuk opened the scoring with a power-play goal 8:33 into the second period when he jammed a shot through Khabibulin’s pads. Datsyuk’s fourth goal came just after Detroit failed on a 5-on-3 power play.
Khabibulin denied Damien Brunner’s tip try with 3:46 remaining in the middle period.
The first period was scoreless. Edmonton’s Ben Eager had the best chance when he hit the goal post with about 9:30 remaining in the period.
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