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.

Role Players Carry Red Wings over Stars

Detroit’s role players stepped up Monday night, accounting for all four of the Red Wings goals en route to a 4-1 win over the visiting Dallas Stars.

Drew Miller, Darren Helm, Dan Cleary and Todd Bertuzzi all scored in game where Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk could not beat Dallas netminder Marty Turco.

Backup goalie Jimmy Howard made 29 saves in the victory.

Miller got the Red Wings on the board with 6:12 left in the first period. Brett Lebda dumped the puck into the Dallas end on what should have been an icing play but Miller beat Stars defender Karlis Skrastins to the puck and threw it to the front of the net, banking it off of Trevor Daley and in behind Turco.

Brenden Morrow tied the game with 15 seconds left in the first but Helm put Detroit back in front at 5:35 of the second, taking a cross-ice pass from Kris Draper and banking a shot off of a sprawling Turco.

Cleary banged home a chance from the side of the net with 7:54 left in the period to put Detroit up by a pair.

Bertuzzi, the hero of Sunday’s shootout win over St. Louis, wrapped up the scoring with a shot from the right faceoff circle that deflected off of a Dallas defenseman on its way over Turco’s shoulder 3:35 into the final period.

Neither team scored a power play goal, each getting four tries with the extra attacker.

Turco made 28 saves on 32 shots as his career regular season record at Joe Louis Arena dropped to 1-9-2.

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.