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Oilers 3, Red Wings 1

December 6, 1997

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ Goaltender Bob Essensa earned his first win of the season and the Edmonton Oilers stopped the Detroit Red Wings’ six-game unbeaten streak with a 3-1 victory Friday night.

Essensa made 27 saves and won for the first time since beating Washington 10 months ago. The Oilers halted a two-game losing streak and defeated Detroit for the first time at home since since March 5, 1995.

Mats Lindgren, rookie Joe Hulbig and Kelly Buchberger scored for Edmonton.

Larry Murphy spoiled Essensa’s shutout bid at 11:45 of the third period.

The Red Wings had three power-play chances in the first period, but it cost them.

Lindgren scored his second shorthanded goal of the season at 15:27 of the first, gathering in a loose puck and breaking into the Detroit zone to beat Chris Osgood between the legs.

Moments later, Essensa, making only his fourth start of the season, stopped Vyacheslav Kozlov as he broke in alone from the Oilers’ blue line.

Edmonton then had three power plays in the second period that Detroit killed.

Hulbig gave the Oilers a 2-0 lead at 2:22 of the third with his first NHL goal. The Oilers’ 1992 first-round draft pick intercepted a clearing pass inside the Detroit zone, slipped past defenseman Bob Rouse, then outwaited Osgood before lifting a shot into the net.

The Red Wings cut the lead to 2-1 when Oilers center Doug Weight tried to clear the puck from the slot, but put it right on Murphy’s stick.

Buchberger added an empty-net goal with two seconds left.

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