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

Updated: January 16, 2010, 3:07 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan

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 ...

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