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Wings Hang On For Shootout Win Over Oilers

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Kyle Quincey #27 of the Detroit Red Wings tries to get around the stick of Anton Lander #51 of the Edmonton Oilers during the second period at Joe Louis Arena on March 14, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Kyle Quincey #27 of the Detroit Red Wings tries to get around the stick of Anton Lander #51 of the Edmonton Oilers during the second period at Joe Louis Arena on March 14, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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By LARRY LAGE/AP Hockey Writer

DETROIT (AP) – Tomas Tatar scored on Detroit’s third shootout attempt, and Jimmy Howard stopped all three Edmonton attempts to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 win over the Oilers on Friday night.

Edmonton’s Ryan Smyth tied the game midway through the third period. Smyth scored on a shot from the slot that was set up by Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith’s backhanded giveaway.

Riley Sheahan put the Red Wings ahead 1-0 late in the first period. They lost the lead and failed to take advantage of power plays late in regulation and midway through overtime.

The banged-up Red Wings are trying to reach the postseason for a 23rd straight time.

Edmonton has the worst record in the Western Conference and isn’t far from being eliminated from the playoff race for the eighth straight season.

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