The Dallas Stars saw their winless streak hit four games (0-3-1) as they fell, 4-1, to the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena Tuesday night.
The Stars dropped to 2-4-1 on the season. Loui Eriksson scored the lone goal for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen got the start in goal and made 21 saves on 25 shots. Richard Bachman played the final 4:30 of the game and stopped both shots he faced in his first NHL action of the season.
The loss gave the Stars an 0-2 record on the second game of back-to-backs this season. They are now 1-13-2 in the second game of back-to-backs over the last two seasons.
Valtteri Filppula scored two goals and Pavel Datsyuk had two assists for Detroit, which improved to 3-2-1.
The Stars fell to 1-3-0 on the road this season. The Stars, who have scored just four goals in those four road games, play six of their next eight games on the road.
Penalty trouble again
The Stars had penalty issues again Tuesday night. Jamie Benn and Ray Whitney took high sticking penalties late in the second period, resulting in a five-on-three power play for the Red Wings, who scored on the two-man advantage to take a 2-1 lead in the game.
The Stars were shorthanded six times in the game, allowing one power play goal. They were 0-5 on the power play. Four of those opportunities, including a :39 five-on-three, came in the first period.
There was no scoring in the first period, but there was plenty of action. Stars forward Eric Nystrom and Red Wings forward Jordin Tootoo dropped the gloves right off the opening faceoff. Tootoo and Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon waged a lengthy, fight later in the period.
Outside of the fights, had four power play chances, including 39 seconds of five-on-three time, but couldn’t cash in. Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard, who had 11 saves on the period, made stops on Jaromir Jagr and Jamie Benn power play bids. Howard also had a slick save on Loui Eriksson with the two teams playing at even strength.
Kari Lehtonen came up big in the second period for the Stars, making a great save on a close range bid from Valtteri Filppula about five minutes into the second period. The Red Wings came close to scoring about three minutes later when Drew Miller had Lehtonen beat, but the shot rang off the post.
Two minutes after Miller’s bid, the Stars scored the game’s first goal. Jaromir Jagr set up Cody Eakin and Loui Eriksson on an odd-man rush and Eriksson knocked home the rebound of an Eakin shot to make it a 1-0 game at 10:22 of the second.
The Red Wings drew even less than three minutes later when Pavel Datsyuk stole the puck from Jordie Benn behind the Dallas net and set up Filppula, who scored from close range to tie the game, 1-1, at the 13:14 mark.
The Stars got into penalty trouble late in the period, and the Red Wings took advantage. Jamie Benn picked up a double minor for high sticking, giving Detroit a 4:00 power play. The Stars caught a break when Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg was called for tripping 40 seconds later, but then Stars forward Ray Whitney was called for high sticking and Detroit went on a four-on-three power play and then a five-on-three advantage. Zetterberg scored on the five-on-three, beating a screened Lehtonen with a blast from the left circle with 23.8 seconds left in the period to give Detroit a 2-1 lead.
The Red Wings broke the game open with two goals 23 seconds a little more than six minutes into the third period. Damien Brunner deflected home a Johan Franzen point shot at the 6:13 mark. Datsyuk set up Filppula, who scored from the bottom of the right circle at the 6:36 mark.
The Stars pulled Lehtonen with 4:30 left in the game and put in Richard Bachman to finish the game. It was Bachman’s first NHL action of the season.
The Stars play a back-to-back series against Phoenix, hosting the Coyotes Friday at American Airlines Center and then playing them in Glendale, Arizona on Saturday night.
Injured: Roy (groin), Rome (flu), Nilstorp (groin)