Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (13), of Russia, watches the puck bounce out of the net after scoring against Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin (35), of Russia, and defenseman Ladislav Smid (5), of Czechoslovakia, in the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)The Associated Press
Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg (40), of Sweden, tries to keep the puck away from Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)The Associated Press
DETROIT – Niklas Kronwall's third-period goal broke a tie, and Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist in the Detroit Red Wings' 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.
Henrik Zetterberg had two assists, and Jimmy Howard made 23 saves for Detroit (6-4-1).
Justin Schultz scored the lone goal for Edmonton (4-4-3), and 40-year-old Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 28 shots in his first game of the season
Kronwall's power-play tally at 6:08 of the third period gave Detroit a 2-1 lead. His first goal of the season was scored with a slap shot from the high slot. It came as Edmonton's Chris VandeVelde served a penalty for hooking Justin Abdelkader.
The Red Wings killed off a two-man disadvantage that lasted 1:07 early in the third period.