Postgame: Stars @ Red Wings – 11/12

Tonight started off looking like one of those nights where a backup goalie comes up against Detroit and suddenly looks like a Vezina candidate but the Red Wings kept pressuring and finally broke through in the third period.

The Wings pretty much dominated this one. The Stars only got a handful of chances in the game but they capitalized on them in the first two periods, putting themselves in position to get a win before Detroit’s big breakthrough in the third.

You could see that this game was kind of a natural progression from where the Wings were on Friday night. Not a perfect game but much cleaner. Franzen’s game-winner was a bit of a garbage goal but the others were off of really nice setups or were just great shots. Those kinds of goals weren’t happening during the Wings’ losing streak (not that many goals were happening in general then).

I was at the wrong end of the ice to clearly see Ian White make a save with his face but that’s an extreme side to how the game had played out in the Detroit end for most of the game. Aside from the Brendan Morrow goal, which was a mess all over, Detroit’s D was in the right place at the right time for most of the night.

Of course, I hate the way the game ended. Jamie Benn jumping Jakub Kindl is the kind of play that needs to get out of the game. Congrats, Benn, you won a fight against someone who had never fought before. That sure showed Detroit.

Three-goal Third Period Lifts Red Wings Past Stars

The Detroit Red Wings scored three times in the third period Saturday night, breaking a 2-2 tie to earn a 5-3 win over the visiting Dallas Stars.

The win was Detroit’s fourth in a row after a six game losing streak. It gave them nine of a possible twelve points over their now-completed six game homestand.

Johan Franzen knocked home a loose puck in a goalmouth scramble at 3:47 of the third period to give the Red Wings a 3-2 lead.

Darren Helm tipped the puck past Dallas goalie Andrew Raycroft on a two-on-one with Jiri Hudler at 9:19 of the third to extend the lead, while a Brad Stuart shot from the right point off a faceoff win made it 5-2 just 1:13 later.

Dallas’ Loui Eriksson had opened the game’s scoring with a power play goal at 7:09 of the first period. Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard stopped Trevor Daley‘s shot from the point but Eriksson was in close to put home the rebound.

A Niklas Kronwall drive from the top of the left faceoff circle with 2:43 remaining in the opening period got Detroit on the board.

The Red Wings took their first lead of the game when Ian White put a shot from the right point through traffic to beat Raycroft at 3:08 of the second.

The Stars tied things back up with 7:49 left in the middle period. Brendan Morrow was left uncovered as Dallas gained the Detroit zone and was free to snap a shot from in close past Howard off a pass from behind the net by Mike Ribeiro.

Dallas’ first goal was the only power play goal of the night, scored on one of the Stars’ two tries with the extra attacker. Detroit was scoreless on four power play attempts, one of which was only fourteen seconds long.

Raycroft finished the night with 35 saves on 40 shots. Howard stopped 25 of 27 Dallas chances.

The Red Wings are back in action on Tuesday when they visit the St. Louis Blues.


Detroit defenseman Ian White left the game midway through the third period after blocking a shot with his face. He recieved stitches but was otherwise expected to be fine… Todd Bertuzzi remained out of the lineup with a sinus infection… Fabian Brunnstrom and Mike Commodore were the healthy scratches.