Hudler Scores Twice as Red Wings Hold off Stars, 5-4

Detroit forward Jiri Hudler scored two first-period goals Tuesday night as the Red Wings held off a late comeback attempt by the Dallas Stars for a 5-4 win.

Hudler's linemates, Valtteri Filppula and Henrik Zetterberg, each had three points on the night. Filppula had a goal and two assists while Zetterberg notched three assists.

Filppula opened the game's scoring at 8:02 of the first period. After an Ian White shot from the blue line, Henrik Zetterberg sent the puck from the left side to Filppula on the far side of the crease, who settled it down and flung it into the open net.

Hudler's first made it 2-0 with 2:54 left in the period, when a Zetterberg shot deflected off Hudler's skate and past Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen.

Loui Eriksson got the Stars on the board just 50 seconds later, making a wide wraparound attempt through the right circle and into the slot to snap a shot past Red Wings' netminder Jimmy Howard.

Hudler restored the Detroit two-goal lead with one minute left in the first. After rushing down the right wing, Zetterberg cut into the high slot and passed off to Filppula in the left circle. Filppula sent it back into the slot to Hudler, who was left uncovered for a wrister past Lehtonen.

Jamie Benn pulled Dallas to back within a goal at 1:04 of the second, beating Howard short-side from the goal line below the right circle.

Cory Emmerton returned the favor for the Red Wings at 3:51, putting a shot from below the left circle off Lehtonen and into the Dallas net.

Michael Ryder's first of the night at 7:25 of the middle frame made it 4-3 Detroit. Ryder snapped a shot from the left wing boards that Howard got a piece of before it fluttered into the net.

With 8:14 left in the period, Johan Franzen gave the Red Wings their fourth two-goal lead of the night. Lehtonen went down early and gave Franzen only the top corners, and Franzen lifted a shot from the left faceoff dot into the far corner for a 5-3 lead.

Ryder's second of the night rounded out the scoring with 5:53 remaining, as he flung a shot through a screen from the right circle past Howard.

Howard finished the night with 25 saves on 29 shots against. Lehtonen made 26 saves on 31 Detroit shots.

Dallas had the game's only power play just fifteen seconds in. They were held scoreless.

The Red Wings continue their four-game road trip on Saturday when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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The Red Wings kick off a four-game road trip tonight as they visit the Dallas Stars.

Darren Helm and Tomas Holmstrom - who had been targeting this game for their return from groin injuries - will not play. This means the rookie line of Cory Emmerton, Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist remains intact. Jimmy Howard gets the start. Jakub Kindl is the healthy scratch on defense.

Game time is 8:00 PM. TV is FSD locally and NBCSN (formerly Versus) nationally.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/3/2012 at 7:08 PM


Wings moving the puck all over the place before it got to Fil. Great job by him, too, to settle it down and get it into the net.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/3/2012 at 8:26 PM


Lehtonen is absolutely on tonight.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/3/2012 at 8:43 PM


I wouldn't be surprised to see this come back but I don't think there's kicking motion.

Edit: I'll take it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/3/2012 at 8:44 PM


Wings got all spun around there, could see that coming.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/3/2012 at 8:46 PM


Mickey's right, what the hell was Hudler doing that open there? That line is on fire.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/3/2012 at 8:48 PM


I didn't even get back in front of my TV before that one. Not the start to the second the Wings wanted.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/3/2012 at 9:11 PM


Gotta hold the post. Ugly, Lehtonen, after all those great stops.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/3/2012 at 9:14 PM


Yeah, that shot was through a screen, but Howard wasn't square to it. A little awkward.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/3/2012 at 9:22 PM


Jesus. Lehtonen gave him that top corner and Franzen put it right there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/3/2012 at 9:30 PM


What a back and forth game...

Edit: Lucky you as I am stuck with the NBC broadcast

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/3/2012 at 9:46 PM


On another note, Russia is up 2-0 against Canada!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/3/2012 at 9:59 PM


Nyquist is all over the place!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/3/2012 at 10:03 PM


Never heard of a linesman going out with "concussion like" symptoms...

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/3/2012 at 10:08 PM


Look how much red and white is in the crowd!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/3/2012 at 10:09 PM


Howie with two good saves there!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/3/2012 at 10:13 PM


Howard not looking good tonight but what was that mix up inside the blue line?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/3/2012 at 10:23 PM


Who knows... Four minutes left, come on!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/3/2012 at 10:27 PM


First class grade A clusterf*ck is what it was.

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/3/2012 at 10:30 PM


I'm feeling a six to four game here...

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/3/2012 at 10:32 PM


I'll take five to four though!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/3/2012 at 10:34 PM

Jiri Hudler

Jiri Hudler
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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