Thursday, February 24, 2011
Stars down Red Wings 4-1
By Mark Stepneski
The Dallas Stars got back in the win column Thursday night, topping the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 at Joe Louis Arena. Kari Lehtonen made 38 saves for the Stars, who snapped a five-game overall losing streak and a seven-game road losing streak. Mike Ribeiro, Loui Eriksson, Krys Barch and Jamie Langenbrunner scored goals for Dallas. Ten Dallas players registered points in the game, including defenseman Alex Goligoski, who picked up his first point since being acquired from Pittsburgh on Monday.
The Stars started the period strong, getting a couple of early chances, and then finished the period by burying two chances to take the lead in the game.
Jamie Benn and Brenden Morrow set up Mike Ribeiro, who put the puck into a wide-open net with 3:18 left in the period.
The Stars made it a 2-0 game when Loui Eriksson scored on a short-handed breakaway with 25 seconds left in the period.
Kari Lehtonen made eight saves in the period, including a nice one on Darren Helm when the game was still scoreless.
Both Adam Burish and Krys Barch returned the lineup after missing eight games with injury.
Brian Sutherby was the lone healthy scratch for Dallas.
The Red Wings went on their third power play of the game early in the second and appeared to score to make it a 2-1 game, but the goal was waved off because Tomas Holmstrom interfered with Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen. The Red Wings had some good chances on the rest of the power play, but Lehtonen made some sharp saves to keep Detroit off the board.
The Stars extended the lead at the 8:54 mark. After a nice play by Jason Williams at the Dallas blue line to start the Stars on the rush, Krys Barch scored off a slow developing play from the slot with Jamie Benn driving the net.
There was a major scrum a short time later after Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard made a save on Mike Ribeiro and Detroit defenseman Ruslan Salei pushed Ribeiro into Howard.
The Stars had to kill two more Detroit power plays, and Lehtonen came up with several more sharp saves.
The Stars goalie made a total of 14 saves in the period and had 22 through the first two periods.
Lehtonen came up with another big save with just more than four minutes to go, stopping Henrik Zetterberg's breakaway bid to keep it a 3-0 game.
The Red Wings ended Lehtonen’s bid for a shutout with 3:31 left in the game by cashing in on their sixth power play of the game. After taking a pass from Pavel Datsyuk, Holmstrom roofed a backhand shot while driving the net to cut Dallas' lead to 3-1.
The Red Wings kept up the pressure, but with Howard out of the Detroit net, Jamie Langenbrunner sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 1:43 remaining.