Howard Backstops Wings Win Over Oilers
Detroit Red Wings.com
DETROIT -- It was the same situation the Red Wings found themselves in their last game against the St. Louis Blues, protecting a one-goal lead late in the third period and on the penalty kill.
The Blues managed to score a power-play goal to knot the score and eventually won the game, 5-4, in overtime.
This time, however, against the most lethal power play in the league, the Red Wings held on, defeating the Edmonton Oilers, 3-1, before a festive Halloween crowd Tuesday night at Little Caesars Arena.
Dylan Larkin (power play), Patrik Nemeth and Filip Hronek (empty net) scored for the Red Wings, who improve to 4-8-1 on the year.
Leon Draisaitl scored the Oilers' goal with Connor McDavid, playing in his 300th career game, picking up the lone assist.
Ogdensburg's Jimmy Howard, as he has been throughout the season, provided the Wings with sound goaltending, stopping 31 of the 32 shots he faced for a .969 save percentage. It was Howard's second victory of the campaign.
Mikko Koskinen was in the Edmonton net and suffered his first loss of the season. He now stands at 5-1 on the year, making 25 saves on the 27 shots Detroit fired his way for a .926 save percentage.
Detroit concluded its three-game homestand with a 1-1-1 record and now hits the road for back-to-back games Friday against Carolina and Saturday night in Florida versus the Panthers. Edmonton will get right back at it, playing the second of back-to-back contests when it takes on the Blue Jackets Wednesday in Columbus.
"We had to find a way to win a game, so it's huge. Just from a confidence standpoint. We're focusing on process here and I thought the last number of games, our process has been pretty good overall, certainly better than it was in that Ottawa game, but you have to win to breed confidence, so that's a huge way to find a way to win and the kill was excellent. Guys made some defensive plays, good sticks in lanes, those types of things. I think Howie made some real saves. That's how you win in this league. That's how we won tonight." said Red Wings Coach Jeff Blaishill.