Saturday, April 27, 2013
Detroit Red Wings 3, Dallas Stars 0
Stars end another disappointing season with a yawn.
DALLAS The Dallas Stars' 2013 campaign was mercifully taken out back and shot Saturday night at the American Airlines Center, as they lost 3-0 to the Detroit Red Wings in the final game of the year. The loss was their fifth straight and dropped Dallas to 22-22-4, good for 11th in the Western Conference and the 10th pick in the upcoming NHL draft. Detroit improved to 24-16-8 and clinched a postseason berth for the 22nd straight year with the win.
Dallas looked lethargic from the very start, getting outshot 18-9 in the first period by a much more motivated Wings team. Detroit finally broke an unlikely 0-0 tie at 18:17, when Henrik Zetterberg's centering feed deflected in off Alex Goligoski's skate and in for a 1-0 lead.
After a scoreless second, Zetterberg struck again two minutes into the third period. With Dallas on the powerplay, Ray Whitney's shot missed the net and bounced back to Pavel Datsyuk. Datsyuk dished the puck to a streaking Zetterberg, who had just blown by Whitney, who skated in alone and got the puck through Dallas netminder Richard Bachman's pads for his second of the night and 11th of the season.
Detroit scored the third and final goal of the game at 6:30, when Datsyuk skated to the net and passed to defenseman Jonathan Ericsson at the last second. Ericsson converted for his third goal of the season and, likely, the final nail in the coffin for coach Glen Gulutzan and GM Joe Nieuwendyk.
Bachman was good early but faded in the third, stopping 34 of 37 shots to fall to 6-5-0 on the season. Detroit's Jimmy Howard had the easiest shutout of his career, saving all 17 shots in the win.