Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Dallas Stars 2, Detroit Red Wings 1
Stars get their first road win of the season in Detroit.
The Dallas Stars took full advantage of a tired Red Wings team Tuesday night in Detroit, beating their hosts 2-1 for their first road win of the 2013 season. The win improved Dallas to 2-1-0 on the year. Detroit fell to 1-2-0.
The Stars' youth movement gave the team a boost as 21 year old Cody Eakin was bumped up from the fourth line to the second and immediately produced. Eakin had two assists on the night and nearly had several more in a dominant performance that should solidify his position in the top six forward group.
Dallas got the scoring started at 5:41 of the first period, when Michael Ryder took a pass from Eakin and hit the corner of the net for his first goal of the year and the 1-0 lead. Stars captain Brenden Morrow had the secondary assist for his first point of the season.
The Stars dominated a scoreless second period, outshooting the Red Wings 17-7 but coming away with nothing thanks to a half-dozen spectacular saves by Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard. Howard's best save came late in the period against a streaking Dallas rookie Reilly Smith, whose backhand shot was just barely gloved by a sprawling Howard to keep it a 1-0 game.
Dallas doubled their lead at 5:34 of the third when Ray Whitney scooped up a loose puck from Eakin, skated away from the net to draw Detroit's defenders and found a wide-open Ryder for his second goal of the night and the 2-0 lead. Detroit finally seemed to wake up in the second half of the third period, launching 20 shots on net, but only one got through, a garbage time goal from rookie Damien Brunner with three seconds left.
Dallas netminder Kari Lehtonen was huge, particularly in the third period, stopping 39 of 40 shots for his second win on the year. Howard made 30 saves on 32 shots and fell to 1-2-0.
Dallas next heads back to Dallas where they will face the 2-0-0 Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.