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Stoll's goal in second OT leads Oilers past Wings

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- The significance of the Oilers'
double-overtime victory over the Detroit Red Wings wasn't lost on
Jarrett Stoll.

"It's big for everything," Stoll said. "We needed that win,
and we needed it bad."

Stoll's goal 8:44 into the second extra period gave Edmonton a
4-3 victory over the top-seeded Red Wings and a 2-1 lead Tuesday
night in their first-round playoff series. The goal ended the
Oilers' third-longest overtime game and first home playoff game in
three years.

Stoll fired a shot past Manny Legace after the Detroit goalie
made a nice save on Sergei Samsonov to send the frantic crowd home
happy.

"I thought I had the overtime winner in my glove," Legace
said. "It must have just popped off my thumb."

The Oilers will look to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the
best-of-seven Western Conference series at home Thursday night.
Detroit came into the 1 vs. 8 matchup with the NHL's best
regular-season record at 58-16-8.

After Edmonton blew a 3-1 lead in regulation Tuesday, it hardly
seemed likely the Oilers would pull this one out at the end.

The Red Wings were celebrating almost 15 minutes into the first
overtime when they thought Jason Williams won the game with a low
shot off the wing.

However, video replay showed that the puck slid under the side
of the goal after Oilers netminder Dwayne Roloson bumped into it
and caused it to lift up slightly.

"It is tough when you think you win," said Detroit's Kirk
Maltby, who scored at 2:39 of the second overtime in the opening
game of the series. "We were hoping if we got off the ice soon
enough, they wouldn't review it."

Roloson finished with 18 saves in the first overtime, and 44 in
the game.

"This is just great for the team," Roloson said.
"Emotionally, it was a very draining game."

Jaroslav Spacek, Ryan Smyth and Raffi Torres scored in
regulation for the Oilers.

Henrik Zetterberg had two goals, and Mathieu Schneider added
another for Detroit.

Spacek opened the scoring 4:15 into the first period when he
wired a shot past Legace, taking the noise level at the already
loud arena to a new high.

The Oilers responded with continued pressure until Smyth took a
penalty for goaltender interference, and Zetterberg made it 1-1 at
12:05 on the power play.

It didn't last long. Rookie Brad Winchester, who scored the
winner in Game 2, worked the puck behind the net to Smyth and
watched as he made it 2-1 with a quick wraparound goal.

Edmonton looked as though it had the game comfortably in hand
when it took a 3-1 lead to the intermission thanks to Torres' goal
early in the period.

But the Oilers came out tentatively in the final 20 minutes, and
the veteran Red Wings made them pay.

Zetterberg made it 3-2 at 11:52 with Edmonton's Marc-Andre
Bergeron in the penalty box. Williams faked a shot, stepped around
a defender and sent a perfect cross-ice pass over to Zetterberg,
who chipped it into the empty goal.

Schneider tied it just 18 seconds later by hammering a low slap
shot past Roloson after Steve Yzerman won a faceoff back to him.

"We played a so-so first two periods," Legace said. "And we
couldn't buy a goal in overtime."

Game notes
Red Wings D Jiri Fischer, who collapsed on the bench during
a November game due to a heart condition, made his first road trip
since he was forced to stop playing. ... Edmonton LW Ethan Moreau
missed a third straight game because of a groin injury. ... The
previous home playoff game in Edmonton was April 19, 2003.