Detroit Red Wings beat Edmonton Oilers in OT

The Oilers celebrate Sam Gagner's goal during the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at...

The Oilers celebrate Sam Gagner's goal during the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Rexall Place on Friday. Detroit won 3-2 in OT. (Codie McLachlan/QMI Agency)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:03 PM ET

EDMONTON - Wings and a prayer?

Yup. Any more games like the one against the Wings and the Oilers won’t have a playoff prayer.

Up 2-0 through 40 minutes at home, with a chance to keep themselves in the playoff picture, the Oilers melted like butter in the sun, losing 3-2 in overtime to Detroit.

The Oilers had a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes and looked like they had this one in the bag, but took three-straight penalties and spent all of the third period on the ropes while Detroit pounded away at their body.

Sure enough, by 14:07 the lead was gone.

And 3:39 into overtime, thanks to Pavel Datsyuk, so was the game.

Ouch.

Returning to Edmonton after a nine-game, 17-day road trip that saw them go 3-4-2 and stay within striking distance of a playoff spot, the Oilers desperately needed to keep their momentum going at home.

The Wings, meanwhile, arrived in Edmonton in a costly slump that saw them fall out of a playoff spot.


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