NHL: Red Wings win shootout over Oilers

2014-03-15T00:25:00Z 2014-03-28T20:20:00Z NHL: Red Wings win shootout over OilersThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 15, 2014 12:25 am  • 

Tomas Tatar scored on Detroit’s third shootout attempt, and Jimmy Howard stopped all three Edmonton attempts to lift the host Red Wings to a 2-1 win over the Oilers on Friday night.

Edmonton’s Ryan Smyth tied the score midway through the third period. Smyth scored on a shot from the slot that was set up by Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith’s backhanded giveaway.

Riley Sheahan put the Red Wings ahead 1-0 late in the first period. They lost the lead and failed to take advantage of power plays late in regulation and midway through overtime.

The banged-up Red Wings are trying to reach the postseason for a 23rd straight time.

Edmonton has the worst record in the Western Conference and isn’t far from being eliminated from the playoff race for the eighth straight season.


Hossa nearing return for Chicago • Injured forward Marian Hossa could return to the Blackhawks’ lineup next week.

Hossa participated in Chicago’s morning skate before Friday night’s game against the Nashville Predators. He has been out since March 1 with an upper-body injury.

The 35-year-old Hossa says he’s feeling better and he’s hoping to play either Sunday at home against Detroit or Tuesday at Philadelphia. He has 24 goals and 26 assists in 57 games this season.

Blue Jackets activate Tyutin • The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman Fedor Tyutin off injured reserve and reassigned defenseman Cody Goloubef to their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass.

Tyutin has missed the last nine games with an ankle injury that occurred while playing for Russia at the Olympics.

The top-two defenseman has four goals and 20 assists, 30 penalty minutes and a plus-6 rating in 53 games with Columbus this season.

Penguins’ Neal out with concussion • Pittsburgh forward James Neal is out indefinitely with a concussion.

Coach Dan Bylsma says Neal told coaches he “wasn’t feeling normal” Thursday morning, missed practice and was diagnosed with a concussion later in the day.

Neal played Wednesday night in the Penguins’ victory over Washington, playing nearly 15 minutes and registering five shots on goal. There is no timetable for Neal’s return.

Neal has 22 goals and 27 assists in 44 games this season for the Metropolitan Division-leading Penguins but has struggled lately.

Avs sign Mitchell, Berra • The Colorado Avalanche have reached three-year deals with center John Mitchell and goalie Reto Berra.

Mitchell signed a $5.4 million extension, and Berra a $4.35 million deal.

Mitchell, 29, signed a free-agent deal with Colorado in July 2012. He had seven goals and 16 assists in 65 games this season before Friday night’s game against Anaheim.

Colorado acquired the 27-year-old Berra from Calgary on March 5 for a second-round draft pick. Berra, who represented Sweden in the Sochi Olympics, was 9-17-2 in 29 games for the Flames.

Berra is scheduled to make his Avalanche debut Wednesday at Winnipeg.

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