DETROIT – Pavel Datsyuk scored with 42 seconds left in overtime, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on Friday night after tying it on a lucky deflection in the final minute of regulation.
Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk held the Red Wings at bay until Nicklas Lidstrom's shot from the point deflected off Edmonton's Andrew Cogliano high in the slot and slid into the net with 24.8 seconds left.
In overtime, Datsyuk took a pass from Johan Franzen, dragged the puck around a sliding Oiler and beat Dubnyk with a wrist shot.
Ryan Jones scored in the first period for Edmonton.
Dubnyk made 42 saves, and the Oilers were less than a half-minute from their second regulation win over the Red Wings in 19 games. But after the quirky deflection, the 24-year-old goalie wasn't able to kick his right pad out in time to stop the puck from sliding slowly into the net.
In overtime, Detroit's Jimmy Howard made a big save on Gilbert Brule's shot, giving Datsyuk a chance to win it with his 21st goal of the season.
Detroit snapped a four-game losing streak.
The Red Wings went 0 for 6 on the power play, including a two-man advantage they had for 1:26 in the third. Both teams called timeouts during that 5-on-3 situation, but Dubnyk was able to stop Datsyuk when he tried to jam the puck in from to the left of the goal.
Edmonton outshot Detroit 8-6 in the first period and had most of the best scoring chances early. Jones was stopped by Howard on a breakaway, then Alexandre Giroux split two defenders but couldn't convert.
The Oilers finally did score on a harmless-looking shot from the left boards by Jones that slipped under Howard's right pad for his 15th goal of the season.
Detroit took 17 shots on goal in the second, but the one time the Red Wings put the puck past Dubnyk, the goal was disallowed after a review. Lidstrom's wrist shot from the point was deflected in by Todd Bertuzzi's left hand before Bertuzzi was knocked to the ice.
Before that, Detroit came up empty on three power plays in the period, and Howard had to make three big saves in succession while Edmonton had a man advantage late in the second to keep the deficit at one goal.
NOTES: Lidstrom's goal was his 14th of the season. ... Detroit trails NHL-leading Vancouver by nine points for first place in the Western Conference. ... Detroit D Brian Rafalski (back) did not play. ... The Red Wings outshot Edmonton 44-27.