Red Wings' winning streak ends in 4-3 loss to Oilers
Jacob de la Rose celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the first period against the Oilers.
The Red Wings were simply outgunned and made too many mistakes.
Detroit had its three-game winning streak came to an end in a 4-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night at Little Caesars Arena.
Costly turnovers led directly to two of Edmonton’s goals as the Wings were outshot 42-26.
Jonathan Bernier made 38 saves and Jacob de la Rose, Danny DeKeyser – who returned after missing eight games with a hand injury – and Tyler Bertuzzi scored for the Red Wings. Gustav Nyquist had two assists.
“I think everyone could have been better tonight,” Bernier said. “I thought we gave them a few goals by our mistakes and not protecting the slot. But we’ll learn from our mistakes and move on.”
Dylan Larkin had an assist to run his points streak to four games (two goals and six assists). But he was clearly bested in his matchup against superstar Oilers center Connor McDavid, who had two assists to extend his points streak to seven games (five goals and five assists).
Larkin was minus-2 in 18:08 of ice time and McDavid plus-1 in 18:12.
McDavid’s first assist came seconds after the opening face-off when the puck was cleared into the Detroit zone. Larkin appeared to be about to pick the puck up behind his own net. But McDavid swooped in from behind him, grabbed the puck andtook a couple of strides before passing to Drake Caggiula, who then beat Bernier from the bottom of the right circle to put the Wings down one just 12 seconds in.
McDavid also set up Alex Chiasson’s goal 1:15 into the second period that gave Edmonton a 2-1 lead. McDavid had the puck in the left circle, faked a shot and then passed cross-ice to Chiasson, who buried a one-timer from the right circle. The goal came with Edmonton playing 6-on-5 as a penalty was being called on Detroit.
“I think the amazing thing is well know he’s a player with skills, but his hockey sense, too, to be able to attract two, three guys to him and he finds ways to feed his teammates,” Bernier said of McDavid. “I think that’s the hard part. Everyone is kind of focused on him, and it leaves the back door open.”
Bertuzzi scored with 18:26 with Bernier pulled for the extra attacker to make it 4-3. Bertuzzi swatted in a puck from out of mid-air in front for his fifth goal.
DeKeyser brought the Red Wings to within 3-2 with 36 seconds left in the second period. His shot from the left point bounced off the end boards and went in off of the back of Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen’s skate. It was DeKeyser’s first goal of the year.
Kyle Brodziak’s second goal, 8:57 into the third period, restored Edmonton’s two-goal lead. He beat Bernier from below the bottom of the right circle after carrying it through the circle.
Brodziak’s first goal made it 3-1 with 5:31 left in the second on a one-time shot from the slot. The play was created when rookie Red Wings defenseman Dennis Cholowski turned the puck over behind the Detroit net. It was Brodziak’s first goal.
De la Rose tied it 1-1 for the Red Wings with 5:08 left in the first period. He put in a one-time shot from the bottom of the left circle. It was de la Rose’s first goal of the season and his first for Detroit.