EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Detroit Red Wings were feeling rather fortunate to have ended up with the win on Friday night.
``We didn't have anything to lose in that third period,'' Datsyuk said. ``We were on the road, we didn't have any pressure, we just had to go play.
``Mule (Johan Franzen) made a perfect play getting the puck in the neutral zone and giving me a good pass. I was able to come in with some speed, which made it tough for the defenseman who was at the blue line.''
Petry was also a factor on the tying goal as he scored on his own net to tie the score at 2-2 on a goal credited to Detroit's Niklas Kronwall with 5:53 to go in regulation.
Detroit coach Mike Babcock said he was glad to see his team rally late after a disappointing first 40 minutes.
``In the first two periods we weren't very competitive,'' he said. ``We weren't getting any time in the offensive zone, we weren't physical or competitive on the puck, we weren't good enough. In the loss to Calgary the other night I thought we were really good and turned the puck over.
``Tonight I thought we were no good and then got playing in the third. I don't think that's the recipe for success. We need to play a full 60 minutes. But I thought our guys really dug in and got competitive at the end.''
Taylor Jall and Sam Gagner had the Oilers' goals, and Dubnyk finished with 25 saves.
``It's disappointing because we had the game under control,'' Oilers coach Ralph Krueger said. ``We got pushed back by a very strong push by Detroit at the end and couldn't create any offence when we needed it.''
On the tying goal, was attempting to to clear a big rebound on Kronwall's shot.
``It doesn't feel good now, but I can't hang my head,'' Petry said. ``I was just coming back to the net. It came off his pad and it hit my stick and went in. We had a good start to the game. You don't want to have it go away like that.''
Krueger felt for the third-year defenseman.
``It's a tough one,'' he said. ``He got beat in the overtime by one of the best players in the world on a world-class move. This is a game for him to grow and learn from.
``It's a tough one for Jeff, but it is the team that takes responsibility for the turnaround, not an individual player.''
The Oilers started the scoring 3 1/2 minutes in as Hall found a seam to slip past two Detroit defenders up the middle and beat Howard with a low wrist shot.
Edmonton had 10 shots in the first period while the Red Wings were only able to direct five shots on Dubnyk.
Edmonton had another opportunity a few minutes later as Ales Hemsky picked up his own rebound off of the boards and hooked in front of the net, but a sprawling Howard was able to get a piece of it.
Detroit came close midway through the second on a power play but Datsyuk's shot went off the post.
Edmonton took a 2-0 lead with 4 minutes to play in the second after some hard work by Hall allowed Nail Yakupov to swing out front and take a shot. The rebound was pounded in from the side of the net by Gagner for his team-leading 11th goal of the season.
Detroit finally got on the board 4 minutes into the third period as Filppula was allowed to skate out front and lifted a backhand shot past Dubnyk to make it 2-1.
NOTES: The Oilers were playing at home for the first time in 20 days after enduring a team-record nine-game road trip. ... F Mike Brown made his home debut for the Oilers after being acquired in a trade with Toronto during the lengthy trip. ... The Red Wings swept the three-game series series, winning the previous meetings 3-0 and 2-1. The Wings won three of four games against the Oilers last season. ... After five goals in his first eight games, Yakupov - the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft, has just one in his last 19. ... Howard made his return to the Detroit net after a bout of the flu that saw backup Jonas Gustavsson struggle in his place. ... The Red Wings were without D Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder) and Fs Darren Helm (back), Todd Bertuzzi (back) and Mikael Samuelsson (finger).