Chris Osgood moves within one in all-time career wins from his boyhood idol, Andy Moog, with Thursday night's 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers. He made 31 saves in the effort. The Detroit Red Wings (13-2-3) extend their winning streak to four games.
The surprise of the night was the absence of forward Tomas Holmstrom, who was scratched late with back spasms. Tomas Kopecky was promoted to the top line and he scored his first two goals of the season by deflecting two shots while screening Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson. His Homer imitation served him well.
Jiri Hudler scored Detroit's other goals giving him a season total of six. He first scored just 1:50 into the game to give Detroit an early lead and was assisted by defensemen Andreas Lilja (who also got in a fight) and Brett Lebda. Hudler's other goal came on the power play. Derek Meech had taken a slapshot from the point that went off the glass behind the net and Hudler promptly put it in.
Detroit went three for five on the power play and allowed one goal in six penalty kills.
I had hoped the Wings had matured from their penalty trouble issue, but the Wings started taking trips to the penalty box allowing the Oilers to score two quick goals in the third period. The Wings narrowly escaped with the victory after grabbing a four goal lead. U-M alum Andrew Cogliano scored Edmonton's first goal.