DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Stars made the most of another chance
against Western Conference-leading Detroit.
Joe Nieuwendyk scored two goals, the second while falling to the
ice, as Dallas won 3-2 on Wednesday night to snap the Red Wings'
six-game unbeaten streak and make up for a 5-2 loss at Detroit just
four days earlier.
"We played the way we had to play to beat this team," Stars
coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We didn't like the feeling we had about
ourselves and we changed it. How you come out of the rough and ugly
is how you build your team."
Nieuwendyk made a backhanded shot while falling down, and the
puck slid through the legs of Dominik Hasek 5:35 into the third
period for a 3-1 Stars lead. He celebrated his 18th goal while
sliding on both knees toward the boards.
"We were emotional before the game and that carried through,"
Nieuwendyk said. "This was our most complete effort at home."
The Red Wings had lost only once their previous 12 games, 3-2 in
overtime at Nashville on Dec. 29. The Stars moved within a point of
Pacific Division-leading San Jose but are still seventh in the
Nieuwendyk's first goal tied the game at 1 when he stuffed the
puck just inside the post at the 7:31 mark of the second period.
Nieuwendyk moved behind the net, then stopped and came back to find
the small opening on Hasek's glove side.
That came right after Brendan Shanahan's shot got past Ed
Belfour but ricocheted off the post, and the Stars went the other
"That's the game right there," said Detroit's Brett Hull, who
played for Dallas the last three seasons. "If we go up 2-0 at that
point, we'll win."
The Stars took a 2-1 lead with a short-handed goal 15:17 into
the second period when Rob DiMaio scored on a deflection. DiMaio,
scoring just his second goal in 38 games, pushed in Derian
Hatcher's shot from the top of the left circle.
"This was a good building block for our team as long as we keep
it going," said Belfour, who stopped 26 shots after not starting
Dallas has won 45 straight games when leading after two periods,
dating back to Nov. 11, 2000 for the second-longest streak in NHL
history. The Red Wings hold the record for their 47 in a row from
Nov. 21, 1964 through Jan. 23, 1966.
Detroit led 1-0 on Boyd Devereaux's rebound goal, his sixth, at
the 12:58 mark of the first period. The puck bounced off Belfour
and through Brett Hull's skates before Devereaux scored.
Pavel Datsyuk, who got an assist on Devereaux's goal, added a
goal from the right circle with 6:10 left in the game after Belfour
was screened by defender Richard Matvichuk.
"Our power play was fairly ineffective and we gave up a goal,
so that was the hockey game," said Detroit coach Scott Bowman,
whose team was 0-for-5 on the power play. "We had a strong third
period, but it's hard to win a game in one period."
Detroit's Luc Robitaille remained at 610 career goals, which
ties him with Bobby Hull for the most by a left wing and 10th
overall on the NHL scoring list.
Hasek had 28 saves. ... Detroit center Sergei Fedorov went
down after being checked hard into the boards by Kirk Muller just
16 seconds into the game. Fedorov went the locker room for a few
minutes before returning. ... Stars play-by-play announcer Ralph
Strangis worked his first game since a Dec. 18 car accident that
left him with a broken vertebrae. Strangis, who missed 12 games,
wears a back brace. ... Referee Stephen Walkom was knocked down
when he got hit in the side of the head by a puck late in the first
period. He got right back up and play continued.