Yzerman scored two goals -- as many as he had all of last season
-- and Hasek made 22 saves for his first shutout since returning
from his one-year retirement as the Detroit Red Wings beat the
Dallas Stars 4-0 Friday night.
"When I played last year, I didn't feel as comfortable as I
have on the ice the last couple of weeks," Yzerman said.
Yzerman, who is 38 and was limited to only 16 games by knee
surgery before last season, has four already this season.
It was the 62nd shutout of Hasek's career.
"I think he felt, I don't know, shaky early," Red Wings coach
Dave Lewis said. "But he was solid later on."
Jason Woolley and Kris Draper got the other goals and
Henrik Zetterberg had two assists for Detroit, which set a
franchise record with its 15th consecutive home win. The Wings had
14 straight during the 1964-65 season.
Hasek, also 38, got a pad on a tip attempt by Don Sweeney after
the puck bounced off the post with 9:35 left in the second period
and stopped a jam attempt by Bill Guerin from the side of the net
and two more Guerin rebounds during a Stars power play 30 seconds
"They're one of the best teams in the league," Dallas
defenseman Teppo Numminen said. "And every time we play against
them, you can see where your team is."
Detroit scored twice in less than two minutes early in the
second to break a scoreless tie.
Woolley opened the scoring at 3:06 when he intercepted a pass
from Mike Modano out of the corner and blasted a one-timer past
Marty Turco. Yzerman made it 2-0 just 1:57 later on another
"I thought the first period was all right. It looked like we
had pretty good legs in the first period," said Stars coach Dave
Tippett. "They had those two quick goals and it was downhill after
Yzerman, who has four goals this season, got his second of the game by completing a pretty passing play from Zetterberg and Ray Whitney 8:36 into the third period. Yzerman tapped a cross-crease feed from Zetterberg into the empty side of the net.
Draper added a shorthanded goal with 2:20 left in the game.
Detroit G Curtis Joseph played an American Hockey League
game with the Red Wings' affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, on
Friday night. He is rehabbing after August ankle surgery. ...
Dallas D Philippe Boucher was scratched because of a sore groin.
... Detroit sent C Jiri Hudler to Grand Rapids for the weekend.
Hudler will be recalled on Monday after playing three games. ...
Detroit has scored a shorthanded goal in four straight games.