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Stars Snap Wings Win Streak in Overtime


In an uncharacteristically sloppy performance Detroit squandered a 3-1 lead after the first period and found themselves on the wrong end of a 5-4 overtime final.

Detroit took control of the game early with goals by Brian Rafalski and Tomas Holmstrom to make it 2-0. The Stars responded when Niklas Grossman slipped a rebound past Chris Osgood to score his first career goal.

The Wings pushed the lead back to 2 with a power play goal by Marion Hossa, his twenty first on the season, less than two minutes later to make it 3-1 at the first intermission.

The second period looked like a different game altogether as the Stars out shot Detroit 23-10 and scored two goals – by Stephen Robidas and Mark Parrish – to tie it at 3.

Pavel Datsyuk got the lead back five minutes into the third with a beautiful wrister that snapped right under the crossbar and dropped into the net behind Marty Turco. Datsyuk also had two assists to run his season point total to 50. He now has 18 points in his last 11 games.

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Detroit tried to protect the lead but were out shot again in the third and the Stars finally tied it with just three minutes to go on a power play goal by Steve Ott who nearly had a goal in the second. On that play his rebound shot slid along the edge of the goal line but Osgood was able to stop it before crossing. The play was reviewed and upheld.

Less than two minutes into overtime Trevor Daley got a rebound on his own shot and snuck it past Osgood to give Dallas the lead and the win.

In a rarity the Red Wings were out shot, allowing a season high 49 shots on goal. After winning the first period they were out shot 39-15 in the second and third period.

Osgood made 44 saves, his highest total of the season and made some good saves but faced too many shots in a poor defensive effort. "We wasted a good effort by him. We got a point but we should have had two. I thought he played phenomenal," Dan Cleary told the Associated Press. "Every chance they got it on net and created traffic in front of the net. And eventually it paid off for them."

After getting out played in the first period the Stars responded with a spirited second and third while the Red Wings seemed content to simply hold the lead. Dallas did a good job of screening Osgood who had a hard time keeping track of the puck and the Stars were able to get a lot of second chance opportunities which they took advantage of.

Detroit was 1 for 4 on the power play. They continue to improve on power play killing, allowing Dallas to convert on just 1 of their 7 opportunities. But the Stars beat Detroit at their own game, getting enough scoring chances in even strength thanks to continuous offensive pressure in the Red Wings zone.

As expected, the Stars came out looking for revenge after they were embarrassed by the Red Wings 6-1 last week in Joe Louis Arena. Marty Turco allowed 4 goals in just 2 periods of that game. He made 26 saves last night and can thank his offense for the win.

"We got off to a good start, but they took the game over," coach Mike Babcock said. "We didn't execute very good and that led to their momentum. ... Give them credit. They got beat in our building bad and they responded with a good effort and we weren't as good as we should have been."

The Wings still earned a point to remain within three of the Sharks who they’ll play on Saturday as they continue their road trip. They’ll host Dallas on the 29th and you can bet they will be looking for revenge.


Erich Straub
ProHockey-fans.com Detroit Red Wings Correspondent