DETROIT - The Edmonton Oilers were better, but not quite good enough Friday in dropping a 2-1 shootout decision to the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.
Ryan Smyth tied it 1-1 midway through the third period, forcing overtime and the shootout, but Jordan Eberle, David Perron and Taylor Hall couldnít get a penalty shot past Wings goalie Jimmy Howard.
Oilers goalie Viktor Fasth, going to a shootout for the second time in two starts as an Oiler, stopped two Detroit shooters before Thomas Tater roofed a backhand for the winner.
The Oilers were looking to rebound after giving up four unanswered goals in the third period of a 6-2 loss in St. Louis while the Wings, or whatís left of them, are fighting for their playoff lives.
Detroit was without Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and six other regulars and had one win in its last five games.
And it was an even battle all night.