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Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Stars get a point in shootout loss to Red Wings

By Mark Stepneski



DALLAS -- For the second straight night the Dallas Stars rolled out a strong effort against a top team, but came up just short. This time though they at least picked up a point, falling 3-2 in a shootout to the Detroit Red Wings at American Airlines Center Tuesday night.

“You don’t want to give up points in your own building, but I have to judge everything by work ethic and if you look at these last two nights, we put in the work,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “Did we get the result? No. Did we put in the effort? Yes, both nights. That’s the positive for our group. When you put in that effort you’ve got to get points and we did tonight.”

The Stars' winless streak hit three games (0-2-1), but they played back-to-back nights against two of the top teams in the league – St. Louis and Detroit – and played well enough to win both.

“It’s a challenge to win against those teams; they have been playing really well. Too bad we didn’t win, but at least we got one point today,” said Stars forward Loui Eriksson. “I thought we played really well again today. It was probably the best back-to-back game we’ve had this season. We just have to keep working.”

The Stars got a solid performance from Richard Bachman, who stopped 30 of 32 shots and made some great stops over the second half of the game.

“I thought he was real good tonight,” said Gulutzan. “He came up huge in the third period, especially on the penalty kill.”

The Stars played a strong first period, outshooting the Red Wings 11-5 and building a 2-1 lead. Tomas Holmstrom gave Detroit the early lead, scoring off a blast from the slot 6:41 into the game.

The Stars bounced back to tie, scoring on their first power play chance of the game. Brenden Morrow tipped in an Alex Goligoski shot from the point at the 10:59 mark.

The Stars took a 2-1 lead with 3:32 left in the period when Sheldon Souray put a shot on net from the left point and Loui Eriksson put the rebound past Red Wings goaltender Ty Conklin.

“Those are the type of goals we need to score right now,” said Eriksson. “We need to get people in front and tonight we scored two of those goals.”

Detroit tied the game 1:43 into the second when Jiri Hudler center the puck from the right circle and it deflected of Goligoski’s skate and into the net.

Bachman came up big in the third period, stopping 11 shots including quality saves on Valtteri Filppula, Niklas Kronwall and Pavel Datsyuk.

“I felt good out there,” Bachman said. “We knew it was going to be a tight third out there, and I wanted to do whatever I could to give the team a chance to win. I would have liked to have seen things go the other, but the guys worked hard out there tonight.”

In the shootout, Hudler scored the only goal, beating Bachman with the Peter Forsberg move. Eriksson, Michael Ryder and Trevor Daley failed to beat Conklin.

The win was the fourth straight for the Red Wings, who became the first NHL team to hit 30 wins this season and took over the top spot in the Western Conference.

“I knew in general the kind of game it was going to be,” said Detroit coach Mike Babcock. “You have to give them a lot of credit, two nights in a row they really checked and battled hard. Gully had them organized and competing. Any time you’re missing your two best centers, that’s what you’ve got to do. They got good saves in the second half of the game out of their goaltender. Both teams played last night and traveling in late, that’s what you get. “

Notes

*The Stars are now 0-6-1 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.

*The Stars won 34 of 61 (56%) faceoffs.

*Stars forward Steve Ott won 9 of 12 faceoffs and Jake Dowell won 7 of 10.

*Adam Pardy was the lone healthy scratch for the Stars.

*Tuesday’s attendance was 15,148.