Wings will take a 5-3 lead into third period

January, 3, 2012
1/03/12
8:47
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DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars closed the gap to one goal again midway through the second period, but Johan Franzen's goal shortly thereafter, putting the Red Wings back up by two goals at 5-3.

Detroit also led by two goals at the end of the first period.

Kari Lehtonen, who played well in the first, struggled in the second. He let in a few goals he normally doesn't and seems to be having trouble finding some rhythm. Both teams have created some chances, setting up an interesting third period.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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