Stars Comeback Continues with 2-1 Win in Detroit

The Dallas Stars caught the Detroit Red Wings on bad line changes twice on Saturday and it was all they needed, scoring both times to pick up a 2-1 win and pull back within a game in the Western Conference Finals, with the series now at 3-2.

Dallas goalie Marty Turco won for the first time in his career at Joe Louis Arena, making 38 saves and picking up an assist in the effort.

Trevor Daley got the Stars on the board at 9:21 of the first period. The Red Wings were slow to make a line change and Turco moved the puck quickly on a dump in, getting it to Niklas Hagman who moved it up to Brad Richards on an odd-man rush. Richards dropped it off to Daley who snapped it past Detroit goalie Chris Osgood from the slot.

The Red Wings responded on a power play with 4:30 left in the period. Valtteri Filppula worked the puck from down low up to Niklas Kronwall at the top of the right circle. Kronwall sent a shot intentionally wide for Jiri Hudler to redirect on net. Turco made the stop on the redirection but Hudler banged in the rebound.

At 6:04 of the second period, Chris Chelios left the ice for an ill-timed change and Turco took advantage again, sending a long pass to Joel Lundqvist to put the Stars in on a two-on-one. Lundqvist kept the puck and rifled it past Osgood to put Dallas back in the lead.

Neither team would score for the remainder of the game.

Osgood stopped 19 of the 21 shots he faced.

The Red Wings went one-for-three on the power play while the Stars were scoreless on four tries.

Game Six will be in Dallas on Monday night.

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Stupid early game today, 1:30 start so that NBC can cut away at 4:30 to cover the Preakness. Those of you in Detroit will get to keep watching on WDIV if something as awful as overtime happens. Everyone else will have to scramble to find Versus for the carry-over coverage.

Horses > Hockey, apparently.

I'll be around here for the whole ride today, I've got my laptop back and will be either virtually biting my nails or celebrating along with anyone else here.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2008 at 10:08 AM


Great defensive play by Stuart, even with the penalty. Nice to see Mac stand up, too.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2008 at 1:45 PM


Ozzie looks really good today.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2008 at 1:50 PM


I hate early games. But Ozzies's starting well again, hope he can keep it up. Very similar start to the game as game 4.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/17/2008 at 1:54 PM


Damn! Turco's been starting a lot of Dallas's plays, and they came good on that one.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/17/2008 at 1:59 PM


Modano to the box. Wings PP can get this even.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2008 at 2:00 PM


Finally a power play goal. Come on Hudler!

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/17/2008 at 2:09 PM


Way to go Huds! And a brilliant play by Kronner.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2008 at 2:10 PM


What the hell? That was out of nowhere.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/17/2008 at 2:45 PM


Wings have been throwing some weird lines out there.

Stars look tired to me. Some time to take advantage of that.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2008 at 3:10 PM


Ugh, Chelios burned on the PK. Nice post.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2008 at 3:54 PM


I missed most of the period. Not looking good.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/17/2008 at 4:02 PM


Jesus Christ...

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2008 at 4:10 PM


f*ck. Back to f*cking Dallas. Just didn't get any offence going.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/17/2008 at 4:11 PM


Its quite obvious we need FRANZEN WOW... we lose the series w/out him... This would be a historic choke, I should've expected this. Shouldn't have got my hopes up. Loving those people who said a sweep... I missed the first 2 periods thought it was a 330 start. Franzen better play game 7 or the old no heart euro statements are a flyin, not from me but canadians.

Posted by RideTheRedWave on 5/17/2008 at 4:12 PM


I walked away after the game and didn't come back until now.

Interesting stat... The Stars last penalty of the game was 1:08 into the second period.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/18/2008 at 10:40 AM


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