Osgood, Zetterberg lead Wings past Stars in Dallas

DALLAS (AP) -- Many of the faces have changed on both teams over
the last four years, but Chris Osgood and the Detroit Red Wings
still own the Stars in Dallas.

Osgood stopped 27 shots, and Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and
two assists to send the Red Wings to their fourth straight victory,
4-1 over the Stars on Tuesday night.

The Stars have won only one of their last 11 home games against
the Red Wings and Dallas hasn't beaten Detroit since Jan. 16, 2002.

"It's one of those teams I enjoy playing," said Osgood, 24-9-1
against the Stars. "I don't know if I know their tendencies but
for whatever reason, I feel confident when I play them."

Osgood is trying to impress a new coach in Mike Babcock and
remain Detroit's top goaltender.

"What I've done in the past doesn't mean anything," said
Osgood, 11-3-3 this season. "I still have something to prove. I
want to be here. I want to stay here, and to do that I have to play

Mikael Samuelsson, Tomas Holmstrom and Kirk Maltby also had
goals for the Red Wings in the first meeting of the season between
the Western Conference rivals.

"You always know they are going to be tough and you have to do
the little things," Zetterberg said. "It's fun to play these
high-ranked teams. It's a chance for us to see where we stand."

Dallas started the day as the No. 2 seed in the conference
behind Detroit, and the Stars know they have some catching up to

"They're the top team in the Western Conference," Stars coach
Dave Tippett said. "They're the measuring stick. This shows how
much we have to grow as a team."

Marty Turco, recovering from the flu, made 20 saves for the
Stars, who had won 17 of 22. Turco has never beaten the Red Wings
in 10 meetings. Jaroslav Svoboda scored the lone Dallas goal.

Dallas had nine of the game's first 11 shots, but Osgood held
the Stars scoreless with a series of tough stops.

"We had a good start but Osgood made some great saves," Stars
captain Mike Modano said. "They don't panic. They're a real poised
team. You've got to be patient. You can't take chances."

Detroit notched the first goal with the aid of Turco's turnover
on a clearing pass. Zetterberg intercepted the puck along the right
boards and passed to a cutting Samuelsson, who sent a one-timer
past Turco at 8:34 of the first period.

"Too often it's been happening lately ... bad plays behind the
net and turning the puck over," Turco said. "For me, it's got to
get better for us to keep our confidence."

Dallas tied it when Niklas Hagman passed from his knees to
Svoboda, who one-timed a shot from the right circle by Osgood at

The Red Wings capitalized on a turnover by defenseman Sergei
Zubov, resulting in Zetterberg's 17th goal of the season on a
backhander from the slot at 4:14 of the second period for a 2-1
Detroit edge.

Holmstrom converted Zetterberg's centering pass at 8:34 of the
third period to give Detroit a 3-1 advantage. Maltby then scored
into an empty net with 45 seconds left after Turco was pulled for
an extra skater.

The Stars are only 10-6 on home ice, 13-4 on the road.

"We try too hard at home," Modano said. "We try to be too
fancy. When things don't go well, the fans get on you and you try
even harder. On the road we play a simpler game."

Game notes
Stars C Stu Barnes was done for the night after sustaining
a hip flexor in the first period. ... Detroit G Manny Legace is
expected to be ready to play on New Year's Eve against Columbus
after being out since Nov. 25 due to a sprained left knee. ...
Dallas D Philippe Boucher will miss a week to 10 days with a broken
finger on his left hand. Boucher was out for six games, then played
three games with the injury. It was affecting his play and he's
missed the last two contests. ... Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman
remains out with a groin injury.