'That was wild!'

Edmonton Oilers forward Ales Hemsky celebrates his first-period goal against the Detroit Red Wings...

Edmonton Oilers forward Ales Hemsky celebrates his first-period goal against the Detroit Red Wings at Rexall Place last night. He also had three assists. (Edmonton Sun/Darryl Dyck)

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

Back in the glory days of the Edmonton Oilers, a two-goal lead for the opposition was hardly safe.

Last night, the Oilers took a trip back through time.

Down by a couple heading into the third against the Detroit Red Wings, the Oilers cued up one of those explosive periods that was a regular thing back in the '80s.

"It was nice to watch and fun to play," said Jarret Stoll who buried the power-play winner 33 seconds into OT as the Oilers' 6-5 victory gave them their second extra-time win over the Wings this season.

"We knew we were getting our chances and we had to keep pushing. It was just a matter of time."

Old-school. Run and gun. Street hockey with that last-goal-wins mentality. Call it whatever you want. It was something special to watch.

"A little bit too entertaining from a coaching standpoint but we ended up on the right side of it," smiled head coach Craig MacTavish.

'ENTERTAINING HOCKEY'

"That was wild! We haven't been a part of a lot of those games that you see so much of around the league where it's wild fluctuations of momentum. That's the wave of momentum and it's great, entertaining hockey."

Stoll heroics came on the heels of a third period that saw Shawn Horcoff equal Wayne Gretzky's team record with four assists in one period as well as Ryan Smyth tying Paul Coffey for fifth spot on the Oilers' all-time scoring list with 209 goals.

"I find it hard to believe. Sometimes with all of his records, that four would be just an average night for him," chuckled Horcoff.

"It just seemed in the third that the plays just opened up and we got some timely goals."

With the Oil down 3-1, Marc-Andre Bergeron benefitted from a lazy clearing attempt from Chris Chelios and he buried a shot behind Chris Osgood.

That set in motion the dominance of the Smyth-Horcoff-Ales Hemsky line as just 89 seconds later Smyth swept in a wraparound for the equalizer.

Horcoff then wheeled a nifty rush into a shorthanded tally for Ethan Moreau, which in turn led to Smyth's power-play strike for a two-goal cushion in less than three minutes.

"We wanted to contribute and be an asset," understated Smyth following his line's 11-point performance.

"We wanted to get going and it all worked out that way. Whether it was Bergie getting that goal or that shorthanded goal by Ethan - that was huge.

" They were the sort of things we feed off of and it was a great comeback."

JUMPED AHEAD

Detroit looked to have put the game on ice when they jumped ahead with a pair of goals 73 seconds apart in the second.

The league's second-ranked power play clicked when Pavel Datsyuk gunned a wrister past Markkanen's glove. The Oiler netminder was still reeling from that crafty effort when Johan Fransen beat him with a quick release.

But for the Wings, all their splashy goals early and in particular their tying rally scratched out by Brendan Shanahan and Steve Yzerman were erased by the Oilers' combination of guts and flash.

"The sad thing is we've been in that situation before when we've given up leads but we've kept saying to ourselves to be confident and let's not lose this game or be afraid to make plays," said Horcoff.

"For us to be patient like that and come back and win the game shows the experience that's been coming together."


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