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Wings ding Oil

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:50 AM ET

Three periods, clearly, isn't enough.

With two overtime games in the books already, the Edmonton Oilers and Detroit Red Wings made it three straight in extra time at Rexall Place last night, and even took it one step further - a shootout.

After getting the better of the Red Wings in 4-3 and 6-5 OT decisions, the Oilers weren't as lucky in their NHL-leading 13th shootout, but Fernando Pisani's shorthanded goal with just 1:57 left in regulation at least got them a point in a 4-3 loss.

That's not just a silver lining - it's five of a possible six points against the men from the Motor City.

"We've played them well this year," said Jarret Stoll. "We dodged a bullet there and Fernie came up big for us.

"I look at it as a point gained. Any point is big at this time of the season against a team like that. I think we can feel happy with the point."

BEHIND ROLOSON

The Oilers got the single point thanks to Pisani, but Henrik Zetterberg and Jason Williams put pucks behind Dwayne Roloson in the shootout and stopper Manny Legace made them stand up by stiffing Pisani and Sergei Samsonov in the one-on-one showdown.

"Anytime you get points at this point in the season it's a bonus," offered Pisani, who had his backhand tip off Nicklas Lidstrom's stick and trickle behind Legace.

"I got tripped up a bit, so I just tried getting the puck to the net and it went off Lidstrom's stick."

The Oilers had the chances early - holding a 6-0 margin in shots the first three minutes - but Detroit hit the board first when its top-ranked power play connected as Zetterberg took the bounce of Lidstrom's shot off the end boards and tucked it in from the side of the net 10:08 in.

STUNG A MAN SHORT

Ahead 2-1 on goals by Stoll and Steve Staios, the Oilers were again stung while a man short. Ryan Smyth was in the sin bin for hooking when Chris Chelios bolted out the penalty box, took a pass from Zetterberg, broke in on Roloson and whiffed completely on his first shot before reloading and coaxing a snapshot into the cage. No style points, but good for a 2-2 tie.

"The most embarrassing goal I ever scored," quipped the 44-year-old Chelios.

Roloson kicked a rebound into the slot four minutes into the third and Tomas Holmstrom buried it for a 3-2 lead, but Pisani got one back against Detroit's potent power play by stripping Mathieu Schneider of the rubber and backhanding it past Legace.

"I thought, overall, we did a good job," Staios said. "They're a team that if you give them time, especially on the power play, that will pick you apart.

"We never gave up. It was a good effort. Points are important now, so it's disappointing not to get two but we played a solid game."


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