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Richards' PP goal cuts Stars' deficit to 2-1

DALLAS -- The Stars finally broke through less than three minutes into the second period with a Brad Richards power-play goal to cut Detroit's lead in half, 2-1. Richards faked a slap shot, walked in and put one over the shoulder of Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard.

Dallas, five points behind ninth-place Detroit coming into the game, needed that goal to inject some life into the team and the building. Because if the Stars were desperate coming into Saturday's big game against the hated Red Wings, they had a funny way of showing it.

Detroit's Todd Bertuzzi walked in and put a backhand behind Stars goalie Alex Auld -- yes, Auld is in net -- for a 1-0 lead barely five minutes into the game. Brian Rafalski added a power-play goal at the 9:30 mark to make it 2-zip.

The Stars actually outshot Detroit in the first period, 11-7, but came away without a goal. Jere Lehtinen banged one of the crossbar for the closest call of the period.