Reporting from Levanto, Italy
It really took one goal to beat the Edmonton Oilers as they lost to the Detroit Red Wings in Michigin. A tired, battered group suffered their second loss in row after getting blanked 3-0.
Goaltender Jimmy Howard was the hero for his club as he managed to stop all 24 of Edmonton's shots to earn the victory; while Drew Miller, Niklas Kronwall and Valtteri Filppula each had goal.
"I don't know what happened. We didn't create that many chances ourselves." said Ladislav Smid. " We didn't play smart. We didn't shoot the puck when we had the chance. Tough one. Tough on."
And to think that Khabibulin was going to bail them out. The Bulin-Wall who has been the surprize top goaltender since the season started began to show some cracks in the mortar. Though how could one blame the loss on just one player. Where is the offense?
"He was the same he's been all season. said Head Coach Tom Renney of Khabibulin. "I think we gave the Red Wings all they could handle for a about half the game, then we had a hard time keeping up with them once they got rolling with some momentum."
The Oilers will now face the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Centre which will be their 4th game in six days on the road.