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.
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.