Too legit to quit

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:59 AM ET

DETROIT -- The Edmonton Oilers could care less about the Detroit Red Wings' home win streak.

They needed two points regardless of where they were or who they were playing.

Last night they got them, becoming the first team in 13 games to defeat the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena with a 4-3 shootout victory.

"We fell behind early, but that's a testament to our team that we're not going to give up," said Oilers forward Marty Reasoner, who scored the tying goal in the third period. "It was a reminder for us for the remainder of the year that even if we're down and it might look a little ugly early we're going to keep battling and we're not going to quit on it."

The Oilers fell behind 2-0 early as a number of borderline calls gave the Red Wings early power-play opportunities.

Henrik Zetterberg opened the scoring, converting a pass from Mathieu Schneider on a two-man advantage.

Tomas Holmstrom tipped a shot past Dwayne Roloson on another power-play.

It was the fourth time in six games the Oilers have fallen behind.

"It was a tough start to overcome," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "It was a different game than what we've been playing. The referees, by in large, have really let us play in the last little while and it seemed like right from the start on (Shawn) Horcoff (it was different).

"But we stayed pretty composed - as composed as we could, considering the circumstances. We kept pecking away, and we got the game into a shootout and won the hockey game."

SMYTH TALLY HUGE

Ryan Smyth pulled one back for the Oilers before the end of the period on a power play of his own. In the second, Raffi Torres took advantage of a fortunate deflection to tie the game.

Valtteri Filppula got a fortunate bounce of his own to put the Wing up 3-2 near the end of the period.

Reasoner then scored to tie the contest in the final frame picking up Pouliot's scraps. It was Reasoner's first goal in 10 games and his second in 39 games.

"(Fernando) Pisani made a great play on the boards chipping the puck towards me," Reasoner said. "I got it and saw two guys coming towards me, so I just flipped it towards Pouliot. Their guy kind of knocked it down, but he made a great play and it was just lying in the crease, and I was lucky to get a stick on it."

Both teams had good chances to win the game in overtime. In the shootout, Smyth scored for the Oilers on their first shot, while Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Jason Williams were turned away by Roloson.

The Wings were looking to tie a 42-year-old franchise best 14-game home winning streak.

"It's a huge win," Roloson said. "Especially with everyone we're chasing getting points (Thursday) night," Roloson said. "We were able to stay with them. Playing such a skilled hockey club, we were able to play smart and capitalize on our chances which is key for a good road hockey game."

WIN COMES AT A PRICE

The win came at a price as the Oilers lost another body.

Towards the end of the period, Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall drilled Joffrey Lupul with a late hit after the Oilers winger had passed the puck. Lupul left the game with a concussion and did not return.


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