Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Red Wings down Stars, set record for consecutive home wins
By Mark Stepneski
The Detroit Red Wings set a new NHL record for consecutive home wins, notching their 21st straight with a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars at Joe Louis Arena Tuesday night.
The loss ran the Stars’ winless streak to three games (0-2-1) and left them four points out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Red Wings came out strong against the Stars, scoring two goals in the first 9:15 of the game and holding that lead until late in the game, when they extended it to 3-0.
Adam Burish tallied the lone goal for the Stars, who scored two goals or fewer for the 12th time in the last 14 games.
Henrik Zetterberg, Brad Stuart and Jiri Hudler scored for Detroit, which improved to 6-1-1 since the All-Star break and moved four points ahead of Vancouver for first overall in the Western Conference.
Kari Lehtonen stopped 34 of 37 shots in the game for the Stars.
Detroit's Joey MacDonald made 20 saves on 21 shots.
Detroit outshot the Stars 20-10 in the first 20 minutes and scored two goals in the first half the period.
The Red Wings went on the game’s first power play 7:24 into the game and scored 33 seconds later. Henrik Zetterberg scored off the rebound off his own centering pass from the side of the crease to give the Red Wings a 1-0 lead at the 7:57 mark of the first period.
Detroit made it 2-0 at the 9:15 mark. After Darren Helm won an offensive zone draw, Brad Stuart beat a screened Kari Lehtonen with a shot from the right boards.
Detroit was 1-2 on the power play in the period. The Stars did not have a power play.
The Stars were stronger in the second period, but couldn’t cut into the Red Wings’ 2-0 lead. The Stars had some good chances.
Wings goalie Joey MacDonald stopped a Steve Ott chance with just over 12 minutes left in the period.
Mike Ribeiro had a great chance in the final minute, was stopped by MacDonald and then had his rebound chance hit the post.
The Stars penalty kill came up big in the period, stopping two back-to-back Detroit power plays.
The Stars had one power play chance in the period, but couldn’t take advantage.
Detroit outshot the Stars 11-6 in the period and had a 31-16 advantage through the first 40 minutes.
The Stars had some good pressure and plenty of attack time in the third period, but through the first 15 minutes they had one on goal.
At the 15:11 mark of period, the Red Wings put the game out of reach with their third goal of the night as Jiri Hudler finished off an odd-man rush to give the Red Wings a 3-0 lead in the game.
Adam Burish scored with 33 seconds left to the spoil Detroit goaltender Joey MacDonald’s bid for a shutout.
Injured: Morrow (neck/shoulder), Souray (foot)
Scratched: Petersen, Pardy