EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings scored three
power-play goals, including Nicklas Lidstrom's game-winner on a
two-man advantage in the third period, in a 4-2 victory over the
Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.
The win that evened the playoff series after four games had
Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish livid with referees Marc Joannette
and Dean Warren.
"It's a different standard with those two," MacTavish said.
"It seems like you get credited for having the courage to call
"Maybe [only] one stretch we were able to roll four lines in
succession," MacTavish said. "That's not the way we wanted to
"It's down to the best two-out-of-three now," Red Wings
forward Kirk Maltby said. "These guys are going to keep coming
until the series is over."
There were 19 penalties called in the game.
"That's the way they have been calling it in other series as
well," Lidstrom said.
"We can't be complaining like that," Oilers forward Raffi
Torres said. "We took stupid penalties today and it cost us the
Detroit, which earned the President's Trophy for the best
regular season record, avenged two straight losses while playing
without captain Steve Yzerman who was out with a back injury.
"I think we're getting there," Lidstrom said after scoring his
first goal of the playoffs at 6:44 of the third period after the
Oilers contended an illegal pick was set on Jarret Stoll.
"I thought it could have easily been called," said MacTavish,
who later admitted the loss may not have been all the referees'
fault. "We contributed to our own demise."
Mathieu Schneider had three assists for the Red Wings.
"We feel we're getting better as this series goes on," Detroit
coach Mike Babcock said. "And we think we'll continue to get
Edmonton appeared to score the tying goal midway through the
third period on a wraparound by Ryan Smyth, but a video review
concluded a sprawling Manny Legace got his glove on the puck in
time. The soft-spoken Legace thought the refereeing was nothing
"The first three games I thought they let a lot more go," said
Legace, who finished with 24 saves. "But tonight was just like a
normal regular-season game."
The Red Wings had seven power-play chances in the first two
periods, but scored just once when Holmstrom crowded the crease for
a tip-in on another 5-on-3.
Lang gave Detroit a 2-1 lead with 37 seconds left in the first
period on a pinball goal that went in off the skate of Spacek.
Pisani scored the game's first goal from the right circle in the
first period after Torres worked through two defenders to earn his
first playoff assist.
Spacek tied the game 2-2 in the second with a one-timer off a
cross-ice feed from Ales Hemsky for Edmonton's second goal on 10
Zetterberg backhanded the fourth goal in the third period with
Hemsky off for tripping.
The Red Wings were 3-for-11 on the power play and outshot
Edmonton 31-26 after losing 4-3 in double overtime on Tuesday
night. There were 19 penalties called in Game 4.
Yzerman was a game-time scratch.
"He tried and he couldn't get going," Babcock said. "I think
he'll be fine."
Rookie D Matt Greene took three penalties in his playoff
debut for the Oilers in place of veteran DickTarnstrom (right hip
injury). ... F Ethan Moreau also made his playoff debut for
Edmonton, replacing Todd Harvey, who has an upper body injury. ...
Fans started throwing debris on the ice in the third period,
eliciting a plea from the public address announcer.