After dropping the first two games of the season, the Dallas Stars defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 on Tuesday.
The Stars were frustrated for 120 minutes previous to Tuesday night, outshooting opponents 86-51 but being outscored 6-3. But things finally fell into place with the defense, attacking and goaltending all fell into place.
The scoring started early for the Stars with two goals in the first period. The first came via a John Klingberg (2) wrist shot 9:15 into the first, and was followed by a laser slap-shot from Tyler Seguin (2) in the final minute of the period.
Detroit then answered back with a tip-in from Justin Abdelkader (1) during a Detroit 4 on 3 and off a perfect feed from Henrik Zetterberg.
Then later in the second period, Mattias Janmark scored his second goal of the season off a wrist shot to make it 3-1 Dallas.
In the final period, after an extended lull in the action, Detroit clawed back into the game with a goal from Anthony Mantha (2) to make it 3-2 with five minutes remaining.
Dallas then went on the defensive, having to slow down an onslaught of Red Wing scoring opportunities, all while Detroit had an empty net.
Finally, Martin Hanzal was able to break free and score on the empty net with two seconds remaining to secure the 4-2 final score.
The Stars outshot the Red Wings 33-25, won the faceoff battle 58-42, and Dallas was able to silence 4 of 5 penalty kills.
But the biggest positives from the win, were the goaltending play, and the success of the secondary line.
Dallas plays again Thursday on the road against the Nashville Predators at 7.
Player to Watch Result: Jamie Benn did indeed notch his first point of the season off an assist to his front-line partner Tyler Seguin in the first. Benn was active all night on both sides and had success in winning face-offs as well.
Prediction Result: Dallas 4-2 – Spot on.
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