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Sykora, Lupul help Oilers break away from Red Wings

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- The Edmonton Oilers took advantage of
some lucky breaks Saturday night.

Petr Sykora and Joffrey Lupul scored on breakaways exactly 2
minutes apart late in the third period to lead the Oilers to a 3-1
victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk scored on a brilliant individual
effort to tie the score 1-1 at 11:24 of the third.

Sykora beat Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek stick-side on a
breakaway to put the Oilers back ahead at 13:39.

"It was kind of a broken play," said Sykora, who scored his
fifth of the season. "I came in late from their zone. I kind of
got caught behind which is not good great late in the third. But it
worked out pretty well. "

Then, Lupul went in alone 2 minutes later to seal the win for
the Oilers, who have won five of seven to start the season.

"We were really opportunistic," Oilers head coach Craig
MacTavish. "It was a great pass from Ladislav Smid to [Sykora] and
Petr doesn't make too many mistakes when he gets in that spot.

"And the same with [Lupul's] goal. That was a great hang time
pass from [Daniel Tjarnqvist] and Joffrey made no mistake."

The Red Wings lost the final three games of their four-game road
trip, and head coach Mike Babcock isn't happy with his team's
recent performance.

"The frustration level is high," he said. "The one thing
about frustration though is it does you absolutely no good. We have
to find a way to dig in and stick together and to solve our
problems.

"In our last three games we have scored three goals and you
can't win in the National Hockey League getting three goals in
three games."

Hasek wished he could have another chance at Sykora's goal.

"He found a small hole," he said. "He has a quick shot, a
quick release. Still you feel you could make that save."

It was the first meeting between the two clubs since the
eighth-seeded Oilers knocked the Wings out in the first round of
the Stanley Cup playoffs last season.

The game went scoreless through a sloppy first period, the best
opportunity belonging to the Red Wings when Robert Lang missed an
open net on a power play with 5 minutes remaining.

The Oilers got on the board 2:50 into the second when defenseman
Steve Staios' hard shot from the point caromed off a Red Wings
players and slipped by Hasek.

Edmonton had the bulk of the quality chances for the remainder
of the second, but Hasek was able to shut the door, keeping it a
one-goal game entering the third.

Detroit finally spoiled Dwayne Roloson's shutout bid when
Datsyuk deked through the Oilers' defense to tie the score.

Game notes
Entering the game, the Oilers were ranked fifth on the
penalty kill and 17th on the power play, while the Red Wings were
26th with the man advantage and 28th short-handed. Both teams were
0-for-5 on the power play Saturday, and all the scoring was even
strength. ... Graham and LuAnn Snyder made their third stop on an
RV trip to all 30 NHL cities to raise awareness for the Dan Snyder
Memorial Arena to be built in Elmira, Ontario, to honor their son
Dan, who was a passenger in teammate Dany Heatley's Ferrari that
crashed on Sept. 29, 2003 in Atlanta. Dan Snyder died of his
injuries.