The Dallas Stars entered Detroit to finish their Eastern Conference road trip versus the Red Wings. Coming off of two shootout wins in Ottawa and Boston, the Stars were looking to complete the trifecta against an always talented Detroit team.
The first period proved quite uneventful as both teams held on to keep the score even at 0. The Stars played relatively sound and Kari, as always, was very sharp when needed. The Red Wings brought the heat in the second scoring two goals to take and extend their lead. Todd Bertuzzi shot a stunner past Kari (looked like it deflected off Jordie Benn) to open the scoring. Adam Almquist extended the Detroit lead with his first career goal on a feed from Henrik Zetterberg. The Stars got on the board with under a minute left in the second with the help of Shawn Horcoff (second of the season).
Jamie Benn would single handedly even it up for the Stars in the third with an effort that beat several Red Wings and Howard. Pavel Datsyuk would respond soon after with a nifty move of his own Datsyukian nature. The Stars would capitalize on a very late power play (and pulled Kari Lehtonen) to tie the game courtesy of a perfectly placed shot from Cody Eakin.
This game would head into overtime (third straight), and Peverly would end it on a perfect screened shot off a cycle from Valeri Nichushkin.
-While special teams was not a huge factor for most of the game, the Stars power play delivered when it needed to at the end of the game.
-The Stars defense looked better, keeping Detroits shot total under 30.
-Tyler Seguin took a scary stick to the face (from Peverly) in an awkward collision in the third period. He would shortly return after repairs.
-Nichushkin had several great chances to score in the game. He is starting to create his own opportunities and looks exponentially more comfortable than he did earlier in the season.
-Dallas was moving the puck very well at times, starting with the defensemen. We are starting to see some consistent chemistry all over the ice. It still isn't 100% of the time, but progress is undoubtedly being made.
-Rich Peverly finished off two straight Stars victories, tonight in Detroit and the shootout winner in Boston.
-Jim Nill's return to Detroit is marked with a win, with all the "homecomings" for new Stars early in the season ending in wins.
-The Stars come home from this three game road trip with 6/6 points. That is huge going into a big test against the Blackhawks Saturday night at home.