11th hour loss for Oil

Dustin Penner looks dejected after the Red Wings scored the winning goal on Tuesday. (SUN...

Dustin Penner looks dejected after the Red Wings scored the winning goal on Tuesday. (SUN MEDIA/Jason Franson)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:57 AM ET

Live by the 11th hour dramatics, die by the 11th hour dramatics.

Just two days after the Edmonton Oilers stole one in Anaheim with Andrew Cogliano's shorthanded deflection in the final second, the Detroit Red Wings showed that turnabout is fair play.

With the score tied 1-1 and Edmonton hoping to make it to overtime, Valtteri Filppula stepped around Dick Tarnstrom and snapped the winner over Dwayne Roloson with 24.4 seconds left in regulation.

It was a heartbreaking defeat, but not entirely undeserved, seeing as how the Oilers were outshot 34-16 on the night.

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It gets worse. There was more bad news on the blueline when Matt Greene left the game with an ankle injury. Greene tried to hop over Dallas Drake, got his skate caught in a rut, and had his leg twist under him like a pretzel in what was a rather gruesome sight. He mouthed to the training staff that thought it was broken and was taken to hospital for X-rays.

The win was Detroit's sixth in a row (giving them points in 11 of their first 13 games) and just their second regulation time win in Edmonton in the last seven seasons.

The Oilers fell to 5-8 on the year.

After a scoreless first, Henrik Zetterberg, on a power-play one-timer, and Steve Staios, with a beautiful point shot just inside the post, traded goals in the second period to send the teams into the second intermission deadlocked 1-1.

The Oilers, outshot 25-13 through 40 minutes, were lucky to be even.

KEEPING SCORE: Head coach Craig MacTavish went with Dwayne Roloson in goal, despite Mathieu Garon's heroics in Sunday's Anaheim shootout win. But the head coach says Garon will be back between the pipes very soon. MacTavish wants to give Roloson as much time off this season as possible, limiting him to 50 games if possible.

"Roli does play better when he's rested, and you can't discount the age (38)," said MacTavish, adding he's not worried that this could turn into a goaltending controversy. "There's nothing wrong with playing Mathieu a fair bit. Rolie is our guy. We're going to default to him in the big games.

"Rolie is a confident enough guy and Mathieu is a confident enough guy that they're not going to be adversely affected by this."

LATE HITS: The line of Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom came into the game with 19 goals between them. The Oilers as a team had 24 goals in the lineup.

Even though he's a rival coach, MacTavish can't hide his admiration for Zetterberg.

"He's a genius the way he uses the ice.

"Every time he moves the puck he's moving it to a teammate with more space. That's what the great players do, they make other players better. He opens things up and he's a handful."


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