<
>

Cujo strains groin in morning skate

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- The Edmonton Oilers didn't panic after
falling apart in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings.

They remained patient -- and it paid off.

Ethan Moreau scored with 3:57 left in regulation for the Oilers,
who surrendered an early lead and rallied to tie the Red Wings 4-4
Saturday night.

Fernando Pisani broke down the right wing and tried to get a
shot on goal while cutting toward the net. It was blocked by a
sliding Mathieu Schneider, but the puck bounced right to the stick
of Moreau, who tapped it into the open side at 16:03.

"The best thing that could've happened for us was that the
second period ended," Mike York said after the Oilers watched a
2-0 lead become a 4-2 deficit. "We refocused. We came into the
room and talked positive, then we made the right plays."

Ales Hemsky brought Edmonton within 4-3 with a power play goal
at 7:42 of the third, tucking a loose puck behind Manny Legace from
the side of the crease. It was his third of the season and
team-leading ninth point.

Legace made three tough saves in overtime to preserve the tie,
stopping Jason Smith from point-blank range in the final minute.
The Oilers had five shots in overtime -- one more than their third
period total.

"They were buzzing in overtime," Legace said. "They came out
pretty hard. I wish I could've made those saves in the third."

Darren McCarty, Brett Hull, Kris Draper and Pavel Datsyuk scored
in a 5:17 span of the second period as Detroit erased a 2-0
deficit. The Red Wings are winless in four games (0-3-1-0).

"They stormed us for five or six minutes in the second,"
Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "It was real disheartening for
us. We could've done one of two things in the third period. We
could've caved in and it would've been a debacle. But the guys dug
in."

Raffi Torres and Marc-Andre Bergeron scored first-period goals
for the Oilers, 1-3-1 in their last five.

"They always come out hard here, so you've got to weather the
storm early," McCarty said. "They got up a couple of goals, but
we were able to bounce back.

"But we're going through something we haven't gone though in a
long time. We're having trouble finding a way to win."

McCarty sparked the Detroit run at 12:41 of the second with his
second of the season, firing a slap shot past Tommy Salo from the
slot after a turnover at the Oilers blue line.

Hull pulled the Red Wings even at 13:42, getting to a loose puck
and beating Salo far side with a low shot, his fourth. Hull has
scored in three straight games.

Draper gave Detroit its first lead at 15:19 with a slap shot
from the top of the circle. Datsyuk made it 4-2 with a power-play
goal at 17:18. He corralled a loose puck in the slot and beat Salo
for his fourth goal.

Torres opened the scoring at 10:52 of the first. Mike York
earned an assist for his 200th NHL point.

Bergeron made it 2-0 at 17:38 of the first with his second in
two games. The defenseman jumped on a loose puck in the Detroit
zone and whipped a backhand past Legace.

Radek Dvorak earned assists on both of Edmonton's first-period
goals, giving him 200 NHL assists.

Salo stopped Brendan Shanahan on a penalty shot at 4:58 of the
first, sprawling to block a low shot. The penalty shot was called
when Salo threw his stick with Shanahan on the doorstep ready to
bang in a rebound.

Game Notes: Shanahan's penalty shot was the first against the Oilers
since Jan. 24, 2001. The last successful penalty shot against
Edmonton was in 1996, when Valeri Kamesky beat Curtis Joseph -- Detroit's backup goalie. ... Ty Conklin returned to the Oilers
lineup after missing two games because of a groin strain.