Sheahan scores go-ahead goal, lifts Red Wings over Oilers

DETROIT (AP) — Riley Sheahan scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, Jimmy Howard made 36 saves, and the Detroit Red Wings snapped a two-game skid with a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night.

Niklas Kronwall, Teemu Pulkkinen, Justin Abdelkader and Pavel Datsyuk added goals to help Detroit send the Oilers to their fifth straight loss.

Rob Klinkhammer and Nail Yakupov scored for Edmonton, and Ben Scrivens stopped 21 shots.

Howard made 16 saves in the third period and allowed only Yakupov’s power-play goal that made it 3-2 with 1:55 left.

Pulkkinen had given Detroit a 3-1 lead with a rebound goal at 10:40 of the third. Abdelkader and Datsyuk — with assists from Henrik Zetterberg — both scored into an empty net in the final 1:04 to seal the win.

Zetterberg had three assists overall.

The Oilers took a 1-0 lead just 2:15 in when Klinkhammer put in a rebound of Matt Hendricks’ shot.

Edmonton recorded the first nine shots and allowed just seven in the opening period. Abdelkader had Detroit’s best scoring chance in the first, but failed to convert a breakaway opportunity.

Kronwall tied it 21 seconds into the second with a power-play slap shot over Scrivens’ right shoulder. Sheahan gave the Red Wings the lead for good late in the period when he tipped in a short pass from Gustav Nyquist.

The Red Wings completed a season sweep of the Oilers. Detroit, which also topped the Western Conference’s worst team 4-2 on Jan. 6, has won eight straight and nine of the last 10 meetings.

The Red Wings have earned at least a point in 17 straight games against Edmonton.

Both teams were coming off Sunday road losses. Detroit fell 5-3 at Boston, and Edmonton was beaten 7-4 at Carolina.

NOTES: Forward Stephen Weiss was a healthy scratch for the Red Wings, who also were missing forwards Johan Franzen (concussion) and Darren Helm (oblique), defenseman Alexey Marchenko (oblique), and backup goalie Jonas Gustavson (undisclosed injury). Detroit recalled G Petr Mrazek from Grand Rapids of the AHL on Monday to back up Howard. … The Oilers were without forwards Benoit Puliot (illness), Taylor Hall (leg), and Liro Pakarinen (knee). Center Anton Lander (knee) missed his eighth straight game.

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