Jarret Stoll scored the winning power-play goal to lift the
Oilers to a 6-5 victory on Thursday night.
"It's great for the fans," said Stoll, who fired his sixth
goal past Chris Osgood 33 seconds into the extra session. "This is
back like it was in the 80s."
Edmonton's Shawn Horcoff tied a team record with four assists in
the period to leave the Red Wings winless on a three-game swing
through Western Canada.
Ales Hemsky had a power-play goal in the first period for
Edmonton, which will play six of eight at home. The Oilers recently
completed a season-high, seven-game road trip.
"It was a roller-coaster ride, but we'll take it," Smyth said.
"The new rules really open things up."
"It was ugly," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "We've got
to get home and get regrouped."
Hemsky converted Chris Pronger's pass to the side of the net for
a one-timer off a two-man advantage in the first period.
Samuelsson intercepted a long lead pass from Pronger and ripped
a shot past Jussi Markkanen just under two minutes later to tie it
1-1 despite Detroit holding a 10-5 shots advantage.
Detroit went ahead 3-1 after Datsyuk, on a power play, and
Franzen scored back-to-back goals from the high slot in the second
period. Franzen nearly popped his second goal as the second period
ended, but his long shot struck the crossbar.
Markkanen, starting for the 15th time in 16 games, was relieved
after making 23 saves for his ninth victory.
"I was losing my mind a couple of times," Markkanen said. "I
like it when we win, but it was tough when they came back."
The Oilers were 3-for-8 on the power play. ... Canadian
Champ Car driver Alex Tagliani drove a souped-up Zamboni around the
ice during the second intermission. ... Horcoff's four assists in
the third tied Wayne Gretzky's Edmonton record for a period. The
Great One had four in the second period of the Oilers' 6-0 victory
at Winnipeg on March 7, 1988.