It didn't take long for the Detroit Red Wings to miss injured goaltender Jimmy Howard, as the Western Conference leaders dropped a wild game to the Edmonton Oilers, 5-4 after an overtime shootout.
Edmonton center Sam Gagner backed up his eight point performance against Chicago on Thursday with three more points against Detroit. Gagner started the scoring with a goal less than three minutes into the game, the first of three Edmonton goals in the first period that would chase Detroit goaltender Ty Conklin to the bench.
Joey MacDonald held up well between the pipes in relief allowing the Red Wings to mount a rally in the third period. Todd Bertuzzi score a pair of goals in the third sandwiched around a Drew Miller goal to give the Red Wings a 4-3 lead as they appeared on their way to sneaking out of Edmonton with an impressive win.
But Edmonton center Jason Eberle found the net with just 39 seconds remaining in the game to force the game into overtime and eventually a six-round shootout. Bertuzzi scored the only shootout goal for Detroit while Gagner and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins beat MacDonald for the Oilers.
Edmonton gaoltender Devan Dubnyk denied Detroit's last chance shot by Dan Cleary to preserve the upset win.
The Red Wings remain on the road for their next game, playing at Phoenix to wrap up a five-game road trip.
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