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Pronger fuels Oilers' victory in Game 5

DETROIT (AP) -- The high-flying Detroit Red Wings are in danger
of being grounded early for the third straight postseason.

Dwayne Roloson made 30 saves, Edmonton scored three goals in the
second period and the Oilers held off Detroit 3-2 on Saturday to
take a 3-2 lead in the first-round series.

If the Red Wings don't win Game 6 Monday night in Edmonton and
Game 7 on Wednesday night at home, the NHL's top team during the
regular season will be eliminated.

Detroit, which won the Stanley Cup in 2002, lost in the first
and second rounds in the two postseasons prior to the lockout that
wiped out last season.

"The pressure is on them, but at the same time, we want to
close it out and win at home," said Edmonton's Chris Pronger, who
made three assists in Game 5 and has seven points in the series.
"We have to have a killer instinct."

Fernando Pisani, Ryan Smyth and Shawn Horcoff had goals for
Edmonton before Detroit's Brendan Shanahan scored on a breakaway
with 1:21 left in the second period.

"We built 3-0 lead and I thought after that, we did a good job
defensing it," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said.

The Red Wings had a power play with 4:06 remaining in the game,
but didn't come close to scoring. They pulled Manny Legace with
1:49 to go, leading to Henrik Zetterberg's goal with 22 seconds
left.

Horcoff got in the way of Nicklas Lidstrom's slap shot in the
final seconds.

"I dove across and I got my hands in front of my face to stop
it," Horcoff said.

Would it have been worth it to stop the blast with his face?

"Of course," Horcoff said.

Legace gave up two goals on the first seven shots he faced, and
finished with 16 saves.

"I'm just playing average and average isn't good enough for the
playoffs," Legace said. "You have to step it up in the playoffs.
I don't feel I've taken my game to the next level."

Replacing Legace wasn't much of an option because rookie Jimmy
Howard has been his backup since Chris Osgood injured his groin
during the morning skate before Game 4.

Perhaps to preserve whatever confidence Legace still has, Red
Wings coach Mike Babcock refused to criticize his goaltender.

"To me, you win as a team and you lose as a team," Babcock
said when asked about Legace's performance.

Detroit was without captain Steve Yzerman (upper-body injury)
for a second straight game.

"We're cautiously optimistic that he can get back," Babcock
said.

After a scoreless first period, the Western Conference's
eighth-seeded team took a stunning 3-0 lead in seven-plus minutes.

Pisani scored by redirecting Pronger's shot at 5:16 of the
second period -- as the Oilers were being outshot 12-6.

"In the first 25 minutes of the game, we had every chance to
make it a big spread," Babcock said.

Jarret Stoll's shot hit Smyth and got past Legace a few minutes
later.

Horcoff was credited with scoring off his own rebound in a
four-on-four situation at 12:36 of the period. Detroit defenseman
Niklas Kronwall blamed himself for not getting Horcoff away from
the front of the net.

"That just can't happen," he said.

Game notes
Detroit was 0-for-6 on the power play, and Edmonton was
1-for-4. ... Shanahan's goal was his first of the playoffs after he
scored 40 in the regular season. ... Pisani has three goals in the
series. ... Edmonton D Matt Greene, a native of Grand Ledge, Mich.,
was among the scratches after taking three penalties as Detroit won
Game 4. ... One of the loudest cheers came in the second period
when the Tigers' 18-1 victory over Minnesota was shown on the video
board and announced to the crowd.