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Conklin shines as Red Wings blank Oilers

Nov 18, 2008 - 4:41 AM DETROIT (Ticker) -- The Detroit Red Wings are beginning to remind the hockey world why they are the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Ty Conklin made 21 saves and defenseman Niklas Kronwall recorded a power-play goal and an assist as the Red Wings skated to a 4-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday.

"We've been making a pretty big push to be better in our end," Conklin said. "We've been winning games, but we've given up a lot of goals. We take a lot of pride in the number of goals and the chances we give up. Looks like we're on the right track."

Starting in place of Chris Osgood for the second straight game, Conklin turned aside nine shots in the first period, five in the second and seven in the third en route to notching his first shutout of the season and fifth career.

"It's nice to get that first (shutout) here to get rid of the butterflies early," Conklin said. "I had to make a couple of tough saves on a 5-on-3, but for the most part we were solid in our end. That's as good as we've been all year."

Mikael Samuelsson, Jiri Hudler and Johan Franzen also tallied and Henrik Zetterberg had two assists for the Red Wings, who have won three straight games and five of six.

During their recent hot stretch, the Red Wings' lone blemish came against the Pittsburgh Penguins, a 7-6 overtime loss on last Tuesday. In that contest, they squandered a three-goal lead in the third period and fizzled against the team they thwarted in the Stanley Cup Finals last season.

After that loss, the team made its displeasure heard, hinting that such play will result in disappointment at the end of the season. Since then, Detroit has outscored its opponents, 11-5, in the successful three-game span.

"I thought we played well tonight," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "We didn't give up much. We looked good on special teams. We talked about (tightening up defensively) but that's just talk. You have to do it. We were disappointed with our third period last week.

"Tonight was much better. We didn't have many turnovers. You want to make plays, but if they're not there, you can't force things."

Kronwall extended his points streak to four games after accepting a feed from Zetterberg and firing a hard wrister past Dwayne Roloson from the slot 6:11 into the first with the man advantage.

"If you drew up what we didn't want to do to start, that's what we did," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said.

Kronwall also has five assists over the past four games, including three in the last two. He had just six assists in 11 October games.

"It's sad that when we're down just 1-0 after the first period," Oilers center Shawn Horcoff said. "We should be able to build off of that. The first intermission, that's when we should have tightened things up."

Roloson finished with 37 saves, but was exposed again three minutes into the second after defenseman Brett Lebda fed a cross-crease pass to Samuelsson, who was sitting on the doorstep.

"The difference was the second period," MacTavish said. "We have five or six red zone chances where it's just us and the goalie and we don't hit the net. And then, Samuelsson scores for them to make it 2-0 and then they get another goal and the game was over."

Hudler increased Detroit's lead to 3-0 with a slap shot from the right faceoff circle on a 3-on-2 rush with 5:42 left in the session, and Franzen capped the scoring with a backhander off a botched clearing attempt by Roloson midway through the third.

"I thought this was one of our best games," Franzen said. "It was a big game for us, before we go out on the road again."

Edmonton has dropped three straight and its offensive slumber has been a major factor in its recent play. The Oilers have scored just nine times in the last five contests.

Oilers right wing Fernando Pisani left in the third with a broken ankle suffered after crashing awkwardly into the boards trying to take possession of a loose puck.

"Broken ankle," MacTavish said. "Fernando's done for a while."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    EDMONTON 0 0 0 0
    DETROIT 1 2 1 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DET - (PP) NIKLAS KRONWALL 2 (HENRIK ZETTERBERG, JIRI
    HUDLER) 6:11
    2ND PRD: DET - MIKAEL SAMUELSSON 4 (BRETT LEBDA, HENRIK ZETTERBERG)
    3:00
    DET - JIRI HUDLER 4 (VALTTERI FILPPULA, ANDREAS LILJA) 14:18
    3RD PRD: DET -

    Nov 17 10:04 PM


  • NHL
    EDMONTON 0
    DETROIT 4
    3RD PRD: DET - JOHAN FRANZEN 9 (BRAD STUART, NIKLAS KRONWALL) 10:04

    Oilers 0, Red Wings 4  3rd - 9:56Nov 17 9:43 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    EDMONTON 0 0 0
    DETROIT 1 2 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DET - (PP) NIKLAS KRONWALL 2 (HENRIK ZETTERBERG, JIRI
    HUDLER) 6:11
    2ND PRD: DET - MIKAEL SAMUELSSON 4 (BRETT LEBDA, HENRIK ZETTERBERG)
    3:00
    DET - JIRI HUDLER 4 (VALTTERI FILPPULA, ANDREAS LILJA) 14:18
    S

    Nov 17 9:07 PM
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    #1 Cards Fan Added 10 roots

    Oilers 0, Red Wings 2  2nd - 8:06Nov 17 8:59 PM


  • NHL
    EDMONTON 0
    DETROIT 3
    2ND PRD: DET - JIRI HUDLER 4 (VALTTERI FILPPULA, ANDREAS LILJA) 14:18

    Oilers 0, Red Wings 3  2nd - 5:42Nov 17 8:59 PM


  • NHL
    EDMONTON 0
    DETROIT 2
    2ND PRD: DET - MIKAEL SAMUELSSON 4 (BRETT LEBDA, HENRIK ZETTERBERG)
    3:00

    Oilers 0, Red Wings 2  2nd - 17:00Nov 17 8:40 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    EDMONTON 0 0
    DETROIT 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DET - (PP) NIKLAS KRONWALL 2 (HENRIK ZETTERBERG, JIRI
    HUDLER) 6:11
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    EDM 9 9
    DET 16 16
    GOALIES: EDM - DWAYN

    Nov 17 8:18 PM


  • NHL
    EDMONTON 0
    DETROIT 1
    1ST PRD: DET - (PP) NIKLAS KRONWALL 2 (HENRIK ZETTERBERG, JIRI HUDLER)
    6:11

    Oilers 0, Red Wings 1  1st - 13:49Nov 17 7:52 PM