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Red Wings Cruise to Another Victory



Detroit won their fifth straight and remain undefeated in 2009 thanks to another offensive explosion. Marion Hossa got things started early; bouncing a long wrister past Marty Turco and the Red Wings never looked back as they cruised to another victory, 6-1 over Dallas.

Goaltender Chris Osgood played for the first time since last weeks 3-2 shootout win over Minnesota. He had little trouble transitioning back into the starting job, making 22 saves to earn his 14th win of the season.

The Red Wings weren’t their usual selves, getting only 31 shots on goal but managed to put 6 in the net none the less.

They had 2 power play goals from Tomas Holmstrom and Pavel Datsyuk. Detroit had 9 power play chances – 5 in the third period – in a penalty filled game.


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Five Detroit players had multi point games: Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Marion Hossa, and Daniel Cleary all had a goal and an assist. Niklas Kronwall had 3 assists. Kirk Maltby and Thomas Holmstrom each had a goal.

Marty Turco and Tobias Stephan spilt time for the Stars. Turco allowed 4 goals in the first two periods, making 14 saves. Stephan stopped 11 of the 13 shots he faced in the third period.

Trevor Daley scored the lone goal for Dallas 38 seconds into the third period but Datsyuk made it 5-1 a short while later and Dallas was unable to penetrate the Red Wings zone and get many scoring chances.

The goal, however, snapped Detroit’s nearly 180 minute home shutout streak. The last goal surrendered at home by the Red Wings came back on December 23, in the third period of a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Detroit will host Buffalo on Saturday and then travel to Dallas for a rematch on Monday night to begin a long six game road trip before hosting the Stars again on the 29th.


Erich Straub
ProHockey-fans.com Detroit Red Wings Correspondent