DETROIT (AP) -- The Edmonton Oilers needed overtime to hand
Detroit its first loss in more than a month.
Raffi Torres scored 1:51 into the extra session, and Edmonton
beat the Red Wings 4-3 on Thursday night to end their nine-game
"You knew it was going to happen sooner or later," Detroit
goalie Chris Osgood said.
"It's huge for us. We knew these guys were experienced," Smyth
said. "And with the record they've got, it is something we want to
Tomas Holmstrom scored twice for the Red Wings (12-1-1-0). Jason
Williams had a goal and an assist, and Pavel Datsyuk had two
assists. Detroit's nine-game winning streak tied a franchise record
-- the Red Wings' only other loss was a 4-1 defeat in Toronto on
"You like to think the team will get a little casual," Oilers
coach Craig MacTavish said. "But that wasn't the case tonight."
Torres tipped in a pass from Steve Staios after a give-and-go
for his ninth goal of the season.
"I kind of gave it to him, left it," Torres said. "He made a
great pass and I got lucky."
Williams' power-play goal 8:05 into the third period tied it at
3 for Detroit. He scored on a one-time slap shot from the top of
the left circle off a pass from Datsyuk.
"Tough team to protect a lead against," MacTavish said.
Pisani gave Edmonton a 3-2 lead 4:11 into the third when he
tipped Pronger's shot from the point out of mid air.
"I thought we were really going to play tonight," Red Wings
coach Mike Babcock said. "At times we did."
The score was tied at 2 going into the third period after both
teams scored on the power play in the second.
Smyth gave Edmonton a 2-1 lead when he tapped a cross-crease
pass from Ales Hemsky into the empty side of the net at 5:37.
Holmstrom's second goal, a one-timer from the bottom of the right
circle off a pass from Datsyuk, made it 2-2 at 8:43.
Horcoff opened the scoring 4:34 into the game when his shot from
the slot trickled through Osgood's pads. Holmstrom tied it at 7:44,
when he intercepted Cory Cross' pass in the left circle, skated
across the slot and put a backhand shot over Jussi Markkanen's
Detroit was without G Manny Legace (sprained knee) and D
Jason Woolley (groin). ... Edmonton was without C Michael Peca
(concussion). ... Detroit D Mathieu Schneider returned after
missing a game with a sore groin. ... Cross left the game after the
second period with a sprained left knee.