Brodziak scores twice, Oilers beat Red Wings 4-3
DETROIT (AP) — Kyle Brodziak didn’t remember the last time he scored a goal for Edmonton. Back with the Oilers this season after nine years away, he got two Saturday night.
Brodziak scored his first two goals of the season and star center Connor McDavid ran his point streak to seven games in the Oilers’ 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
Brodziak, 34, played for the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues before returning to Edmonton this season as a free agent. The center’s last goal for the Oilers had come on March 27, 2009.
“No. I honestly don’t really remember it. I don’t even know if they keep video from that long ago,” Brodziak said of that goal. “I’ve tried seeing some of the old ones from when I was an Oiler. They’re tough to find.”
Drake Caggiula and Alex Chiasson also scored for Edmonton, which has won five of its last six. McDavid and Jujhar Khaira had two assists each and Mikko Koskinen made 23 saves.
“It was a pretty exciting night for him and his teammates,” Oilers coach Todd McLellan said of Brodziak.
McDavid has five goals and five assists for 10 points during his run.
Jacob de la Rose, defenseman Danny DeKeyser and Tyler Bertuzzi scored for Detroit, which had won three straight. Gustav Nyquist had two assists and Jonathan Bernier stopped 38 shots.
“I think everyone could have been better tonight,” Bernier said. “I thought we gave them a few goals by our mistakes and not protecting the slot.”
Bertuzzi scored with 18:26 with Bernier pulled for the extra attacker to make it 4-3 with his fifth goal.
DeKeyser brought the Red Wings to 3-2 with 36 seconds left in the second period. It was his first goal of the year, as he returned after missing eight games with a hand injury.
Brodziak’s second goal, 8:57 into the third period, restored Edmonton’s two-goal lead.
Chiasson gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead, 1:15 into the second period. He scored on a one-time shot from the left circle, off a cross-ice pass from McDavid. The goal came with Edmonton playing 6-on-5, as a penalty was being called on Detroit and was Chiasson’s sixth.
Brodziak made it 3-1 with 5:31 left in the second on a one-timer from the slot for his first.
Caggiula opened the scoring just 12 seconds into the game on a shot from the bottom of the right circle. He took a pass from McDavid, who was behind the net and had outmaneuvered Detroit’s Dylan Larkin for the puck on a dump in. It was Caggiula’s fifth goal and third in two games.
De la Rose tied it for the Red Wings with 5:08 left in the first period. It was de la Rose’s first goal of the season and his first for Detroit.
NOTE: Larkin had an assist to extend his point streak to four games (two goals, six assists). ... Edmonton activated RW Tie Rattie off injured reserve on Friday. He had missed seven games with an upper-body injured. The Oilers also recalled D Kevin Gravel from AHL Bakersfield. Neither played Saturday night. ... Detroit D Jonathan Ericsson missed the game with an undisclosed injury. Forwards Frans Nielsen (undisclosed), Andreas Athanasiou (leg), and Thomas Vanek were also out due to injuries.
Oilers: At Washington on Monday night.
Red Wings: Host Vancouver on Tuesday night.