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November 27, 2003 - Draper helps Wings easily handle Oilers
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Wings goalie Manny Legace makes a first-period save on Edmonton's Ethan Moreau.

Red Wings 7, Oilers 1

Draper helps Wings easily handle Oilers

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Darryl Bootland celebrates his first career goal during the Red Wings' 7-1 victory over Edmonton Wednesday night.

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DETROIT -- It's never a good idea to keep putting the Detroit Red Wings on the power play, even if they had gone four games without a power-play goal.

The Edmonton Oilers (10-9-3-0) entered the game the same way they left it -- worst in the league on the penalty kill, giving up four power-play goals in a 7-1 loss at Joe Louis Arena.

With Tony Salmelainen off for obstruction hooking, Steve Yzerman scored his 10th goal of the season on a rebound at 9:36 of the first period.

"We were coming off a poor effort Monday night and they played last night," Yzerman said. "I think we got a bit of an edge that way. We got an early jump in the first period and played much better than the other game."

Recent Grand Rapids (AHL) Griffins call-up Darryl Bootland made it 2-0 with 19 seconds left in the first period.

Edmonton defenseman Steve Staios failed to clear the puck from the crease and Bootland backhanded it past a sprawling Ty Conklin.

It was Bootland's first career goal.

"You come to a great team like this and then just to contribute out there is just an unbelievable feeling," Bootland said.

The Red Wings (12-9-2-0) also were solid on defense, allowing only four shots in the opening period.

In the second period, Edmonton's Cory Cross went off for holding and Brendan Shanahan gave Detroit a 3-0 lead when his shot hit the skate of Edmonton's Marc-Andre Bergeron and went in at 2:03.

Radek Dvorak scored on a shot from the left boards at 3:23, cutting the lead to 3-1.

Then Bootland got Dvorak annoyed enough to take a roughing penalty, which Detroit promptly converted into a goal when Brett Hull swatted a rebound into the empty left side of the net.

Hull joined Yzerman with his 10th goal of the season.

Early in the third, Bootland fought with Staios, resulting in a game misconduct for Staios.

"He actually got the hard hat tonight," Coach Dave Lewis said of Bootland. "He just played very well. He's an emotional player, he got in a fight, got his first-ever NHL goal. Probably a year and a half ago nobody would have thought he'd score a goal in this league and he's contributing. He does the little things well. He chips the puck out when it's supposed to be chipped out, he's in position when he's supposed to be in position. He's a little bit aggravating to play against. He's been a real nice surprise."

Kris Draper scored for the third straight game in the third period. He put the puck in the top left corner of the net at 6:07, right after the Oilers had finally killed off a penalty.

Edmonton Coach Craig MacTavish then pulled Conklin and put Stephen Valiquette in.

Draper scored again, on a two-man advantage, at 15:40 of the third.

"I couldn't even tell you the last time I had a power-play goal, and especially started a power play, let alone a 5-on-3 power play," Draper said with a laugh. "I think that was just Lewie giving myself and Malts (Kirk Maltby) and Boydie (Boyd Devereaux), that's a kind of pat on the back. So that was fun. The power-play guys were getting ready to jump and we weren't going anywhere, we were just sitting there. I think Lewie asked us, 'OK, do you know the setup?' We were like, 'No.' We know how to kill it, but we don't know what we're doing. That was just a nice gesture."

Draper has nine goals this season. Last year, he did not score his ninth goal until February 10 against San Jose.

Manny Legace quietly had a strong game, considering he didn't face a lot of shots.

Legace had 15 saves and improved to 3-3-1.