Teppo Numminen scored off a faceoff with 6:02 left in
regulation, with the puck slipping past screened goalie Manny
Legace, to give the Stars a 2-2 tie with Detroit on Monday night.
"I didn't see it," said Legace, starting in place of
struggling Curtis Joseph. "I had 500 guys in front of me. I heard
it hit some shin pads. I looked down and it was right between my
Pierre Turgeon won the faceoff, and the puck went to Numminen
along the boards near the blue line. Numminen pushed it into
traffic toward the net.
Turgeon, who had gone straight to the net after the faceoff,
helped Bill Guerin in creating traffic in front of Legace.
"Turgeon got a big faceoff and then we got a bounce. That's
what we were looking for," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "We've
battled through some demons, and we've become mentally stronger as
The Stars, who had won four of their previous five games, came
from behind twice against the Central Division-leading Red Wings,
who had outscored Dallas 10-2 in two previous games this season.
The Red Wings took a 2-1 lead with 16:49 left in the third when
Tomas Holmstrom turned an errant Dallas pass into an unassisted
The gift goal came courtesy of defenseman Richard Matvichuk,
whose backhand pass from against the boards slid past Turgeon right
onto Holmstrom's stick. Holmstrom made a quick move and slapped his
eighth goal past Turco.
"I've been in this league too long to do something like that,"
said Matvichuk, who has played all 12 of his NHL seasons with the
Stars. "It was a stupid play. I put it right on his stick."
Holmstrom made the most of his good fortune, getting All-Star
Marty Turco in motion and sending the shot to the goalie's right
into the net.
"I was pushing back a little bit and Matvichuk just coughed it
up," Holmstrom said.
Legace finished with 27 saves. He stopped two hard power-play
shots just before allowing the game-tying goal.
In overtime, Legace's stopped Stu Barnes' shot -- the only one
Dallas got off in the extra five minutes.
Turco had 24 saves for Dallas, including five in overtime. He is
0-3-5 in his career against the Red Wings.
Detroit ended its five-game road trip 1-2-2. Dallas is 12-5-6
over its last 23 games to get back into the upper half of the
Western Conference standings.
Detroit took a 1-0 lead when Pavel Datsyuk scored his 24th goal
from the top of the left circle 7½ minutes into the game.
The Stars got even when Matvichuk's power-play shot from the
blue line was redirected in front by David Oliver with 1:16 left in
Oliver has three goals in the four games after not having NHL
goal since playing with Phoenix in 1999-00. He has 46 career goals,
36 of them coming his first two seasons in Edmonton from 1994-96.
Joseph was 1-4-1 in his last six games. After giving up four
goals in eight shots in a loss Saturday at Phoenix, Joseph was
replaced in the third period by Legace, who stopped five of the
shots he faced.
Goalie Dominik Hasek, whose return from retirement had pushed
Joseph into a backup role, is expected to be re-evaluated Wednesday
after being inactive for three weeks with a pulled groin.
The overall series between the two teams is even at
88-88-34-1. ... Detroit captain Steve Yzerman played in his 1,425th
NHL game, passing Pat Verbeek for 15th on the career list. ... Red
Wings D Jiri Fischer was back after serving a one-game suspension
Saturday for head-butting last week in Los Angeles. ... Scott Young
missed his fifth straight game for Dallas because of back spasms.