Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Detroit Red Wings 4, Dallas Stars 1
Stars play poorly, predictably get blown out.
The Dallas Stars continued their streak of absymal play Tuesday night in Detroit, losing 4-1 to the Red Wings. The loss was their fourth straight and dropped them to 2-4-1 on the season. Detroit improved to 3-2-1.
Much like previous losses, the Stars played well in a scoreless first period, outshooting the host Red Wings 10-7 and just barely missing on their scoring chances. Dallas finally got on the scoreboard midway through the second period, when Jaromir Jagr got a pass to a streaking Cody Eakin, whose rebound was collected and shot in by Loui Eriksson for a 1-0 lead.
Unfortunately, the lazy play and mental mistakes that have plagued the Stars for years turned a tight game into an embarassing blowout. Detroit's Pavel Datysuk got the Red Wings on the board at 13:14 when he stole the puck and passed it to Valtteri Filppula, who scored his first goal of the season for the 1-1 tie. Later in the period, Jamie Benn and Ray Whitney had back-to-back high-sticking penalties, and the Red Wings capitalized with 24 seconds left in the period when Henrik Zetterberg scored his second of the year for the 2-1 lead.
Poor defensive play and lazy backchecking spelled the doom for the Stars early in the third when Detroit scored twice in a 23-second span. First Damien Brunner scored his third of the season at 6:15, then on the next shift Filppula scored his second of the night to put the game out of reach. Dallas could hardly be bothered to mount a comeback after that, and did not seriously threaten after that.
Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen had some stellar saves early before his team left him out to dry in the last half of the game, stopping 21 of 25 shots in the game. His Red Wings counterpart Jimmy Howard made 25 saves on 26 shots.
The Stars get two days of rest before they face the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night in Dallas.