Brule nets shootout winner as Oilers top Red Wings

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Gilbert Brule scored the shootout winner and also had two assists as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Friday night.

Detroit's Brian Rafalski scored during a scramble in front of the net with 0.2 seconds left in regulation to send it to overtime.

Andrew Cogliano and Ryan Whitney also had goals for the last-place Oilers, who snapped a five-game losing streak despite being outshot 17-3 in the third period.

Patrick Eaves scored the other goal for the Red Wings, whose three-game winning streak ended.

The point for the Red Wings was crucial as it prevented the Calgary Flames from moving past them into sole possession of eighth place in the Western Conference.

Edmonton opened the scoring 57 seconds into the game as Brule made a backhanded pass in front to Cogliano, who had a wide-open net.

The Oilers made it 2-0 four minutes later as Cogliano fed the puck through traffic to Whitney, who scored his first goal as a member of the Oilers since coming over in a trade-deadline deal with Anaheim.

The Oilers fired 16 first-period shots at Detroit's Jimmy Howard, while the Red Wings had nine shots on Devan Dubnyk.

The Red Wings cut into the lead 11:51 into the second period. From behind Edmonton's goal, Kris Draper saw Eaves streaking toward the net and set him up for his 11th of the season.

Detroit finishes off a three-game road trip in Vancouver on Saturday, while Edmonton will next play host to San Jose on Sunday.

NOTES: It was the third meeting of the season between the teams, with Edmonton winning both of the previous games. Detroit swept the four-game season series last year. ... Edmonton's magic number to finish last — a combination of their own losses and Toronto wins — is six. ... Edmonton entered the game with a franchise-record 425 man games lost to injury. The previous high was 346, set in 2007-08. ... After scoring his second period goal, Eaves would later leave with an upper-body injury and did not return. ... Detroit left wing Kirk Maltby (shoulder) is on long-term injured reserve after right shoulder surgery, which will keep him out four to six weeks — leaving any chance of a return dependent on a deep playoff run. The Red Wings haven't missed the playoffs since 1989-90, the longest streak in the NHL. ... It was Howard's 17th straight start for the Wings.