Oilers eliminate Red Wings


EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – The Edmonton Oilers sent home the NHL’s best team in the regular season, rallying Monday night to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 and win the first-round playoff series in six games.

Ales Hemsky scored twice, including the winner with 1:06 left in regulation time, capping a comeback from a 2-0 deficit after two periods. It was Edmonton’s first playoff series win since 1998 – and another huge early-round disappointment for Detroit.

Fernando Pisani also scored twice for the Oilers.

Johan Franzen, Henrik Zetterberg and Robert Lang scored for the Red Wings.

The Oilers tied it 3-3 on a power play, when the puck deflected off Edmonton’s Shawn Horcoff to Hemsky at the side of the net. He whacked away at the puck, then Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom pushed Hemsky into the net. The puck went in, too, and the play went under video review to determine if the puck was kicked in.

After a lengthy delay, officials eventually awarded Hemsky the goal with 3:53 remaining.

Franzen flicked in a rebound at 10:07 of the third period to put the Red Wings ahead 3-2. Pisani had tied it 2-2 when he deked goalie Manny Legace and scored with a shot through the left side at 6:40 of the third.

Pisani’s power-play goal 2:56 into the third period brought the Oilers within 2-1.

The Red Wings controlled the second period, outshooting the Oilers 17-2. Steve Yzerman set up Lang’s power-play goal to make it 2-0. Red Wings captain Yzerman sat out the previous two games with a nagging back injury.

Yzerman’s point moved him ahead of Bryan Trottier into eighth spot with 185 career playoff points.

Zetterberg got the Red Wings a 1-0 lead late in the first period, when the Oilers outshot Detroit 15-10. The forward scored on Dwayne Roloson six times this series.

The Red Wings have lost in the first or second round of the last three playoffs.

Notes: The Oilers’ last postseason victory was in seven games over Colorado … Detroit finished the season with 124 points, 11 more than any other team. Edmonton had 95 … The top two seeds in the Western Conference are now eliminated; Dallas previously fell to Colorado … Hemsky had a game-high six shots on goal.

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