EDMONTON – Valtteri Filppula scored with just 24.4 seconds left in regulation as the Detroit Red Wings ran their winning streak to six games in a row with a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
After a back-and-forth third period, Filppula fought off Dick Tarnstrom and beat Oilers starter Dwayne Roloson high to the glove side. Henrik Zetterberg had the other goal for the Red Wings while Steve Staios replied for Edmonton.
Zetterburg kept his personal streak of scoring one point in every Detroit game this season alive, as the Red Wings improved to 10-2-1.
Edmonton (5-8-0) has lost two of its last three.
The game remained scoreless through an energetic first period. Oilers starter Dwayne Roloson was called upon to stop 13 shots in the first frame while Wings goalie Chris Osgood made seven saves.
The Wings got on the scoreboard first, four minutes into the second, as Niklas Lidstrom made a perfect feed to Zetterberg on the power play. Zetterberg snapped home his 10th of the season for a 1-0 lead, extending his point-scoring streak to 13 games.
But Edmonton was able to respond less than two minutes later off the face-off as Staios blasted a shot from the point that beat Osgood high to the stick side.
Detroit carried the play for much of the second but the Oilers were able to survive with a 1-1 tie after 40 minutes.
The Red Wings conclude a three game road trip on Thursday in Calgary while Edmonton plays host to Nashville on Friday.
Notes: Oiler defenceman Matt Greene had to be helped off the ice early in the second with an ankle injury after a collision with Dallas Drake. … Drake (cheek bone) and Johan Franzen (knee) will were both back in the lineup for Detroit. Matt Ellis and Aaron Downey sat out. … Oilers captain Ethan Moreau, who has now gone a year since the last time he played for the Oilers in a regular season game Oct. 28, 2006, may still be two weeks away with a broken bone in his foot. However defenceman Sheldon Souray (shoulder) may be back by the end of the team’s next road trip on Nov. 7. … Entering the contest the Red Wings hadn’t had much success of late in Edmonton with just two wins in Rexall Place since January of 1999. The Oilers had recorded a point in 14 of their last 15 home games against the Wings. … Oilers rookie Andrew Cogliano has two shorthanded goals, tying him for the league lead with Niklas Hagman and Mike Richards. … Edmonton’s Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky and Minnesota’s Petteri Nummelin are the only three players with more than one shootout goal as they have two apiece.