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Stars hand Red Wings fourth straight loss

Jan 30, 2009 - 4:46 AM
DETROIT (Ticker) -- The Detroit Red Wings' woes followed them home.

Steve Ott scored a goal and set up another as the Dallas Stars tallied three times on the power play en route to a 4-2 victory over the slumping Red Wings on Thursday.

Ott, Jere Lehtinen and Loui Eriksson all scored with the man advantage for the Stars, who handed the Red Wings their season-high fourth straight loss.

"I think we're slipping a little bit defensively," said Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom, who returned to action after sitting out the last game because of a league-imposed one-game suspension for skipping the All-Star Game festivities.

"We're looking too much at the puck and not picking up players. We're not quick on pucks, either. We have a chance to get the puck out of our zone, and we don't. Then they get back and play another 20 or 25 seconds and eventually score a goal."

Chris Conner netted his first goal of the season, Mike Modano and Brad Richards each recorded two assists and Marty Turco made 21 saves for Dallas, which has won three in a row for the first time this campaign.

"We were a determined team, and that's the kind of team we have to continue to be to increase our playoff chances," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "We got tremendous effort throughout the lineup, and that's what it's going to take to be successful."

Marian Hossa and defenseman Andreas Lilja tallied for the Red Wings, who had won their previous seven home contests.

Detroit, which had not lost at Joe Louis Arena since December 15, had successfully killed 25 straight power plays at home before Ott deflected Richards' shot from the high slot past goaltender Chris Osgood with 9:45 left in the first period to open the scoring.

"I don't get to leave this place with a smile on my face too often," Ott said. "I grew up a Red Wings fan, so every time we lose in here, I've got to hear about it for the next summer and a half from all of my friends. Now, we've taken three out of four games from the best team in the league."

The 26-year-old Ott has recorded 11 points in his last 11 games.

"It's the opportunity. I've been given the chance to play with a magician in Mike Ribeiro and a Selke (Trophy) winner in Jere Lehtinen," Ott said. "You're going to get your chances playing with those guys, and for the last 10 games or so, we've really started to click."

"When we lost (captain Brenden Morrow to a knee injury), we needed (Ott) to step up and fill that role, and he's done very well," Tippett added. "They're very similar players - gritty guys who don't mind getting in front and stirring it up. This is Steve's first time as a top two-line player, and he's taking advantage of it."

Just 35 seconds later, Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios received a double-minor for high-sticking, and the Stars cashed in on the ensuing man advantage.

Lehtinen netted his fourth goal of the season, converting a centering pass from Richards with 8:26 remaining in the opening session.

"I thought we started out fine, then we gave up the two penalty-kill goals right away," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "The penalty-kill goals, for me tonight, were tough to take.

"The penalty kill has been outstanding all year at home. Tonight, it wasn't outstanding. Then, we dug ourselves such a hole. We tried to battle back, but you can't give a good team that much of a head start."

Conner made it 3-0 with 88 seconds left in the period, ending a 24-game drought.

Detroit replaced Osgood with Ty Conklin to start the middle session. But after Hossa was whistled for tripping, Eriksson scored his team-leading 23rd goal of the season exactly two minutes into the period.

Eriksson originally mishandled a pass from rookie James Neal, but Conklin went sliding out of the crease, allowing the 23-year-old Swede to corral the puck just behind the end line and quickly stuff it into the net to provide a 4-0 bulge.

Turco, who surrendered a pair of goals in the second period, picked up his first career regular-season win at Joe Louis Arena. He was 0-8-2 in Detroit before this one.

"They're tough to play, especially at home," Turco said. "We've had our struggles, to say the least. To see that work ethic we had, especially in the third period, was an awesome sight. I told all the boys thanks."

Osgood turned aside nine of the 12 shots he faced before Conklin made 10 saves over the final two periods.






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    Stars 4, Red Wings 2  FinalJan 29 10:37 PM


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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    DALLAS 3 1 0 4
    DETROIT 0 2 0 2 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DAL - (PP) STEVE OTT 7 (BRAD RICHARDS, MIKE RIBEIRO) 10:15
    DAL - (PP) JERE LEHTINEN 4 (BRAD RICHARDS, STEVE OTT) 11:32
    DAL - CHRIS CONNER 1 (MIKE MODANO) 18:32
    2ND PRD: DAL - (PP) LOUI ERIKSSON 23 (JAMES NEAL, MIKE MO

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 3 1 4
    DETROIT 0 2 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DAL - (PP) STEVE OTT 7 (BRAD RICHARDS, MIKE RIBEIRO) 10:15
    DAL - (PP) JERE LEHTINEN 4 (BRAD RICHARDS, STEVE OTT) 11:32
    DAL - CHRIS CONNER 1 (MIKE MODANO) 18:32
    2ND PRD: DAL - (PP) LOUI ERIKSSON 23 (JAMES

    Jan 29 9:12 PM


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    DALLAS 4
    DETROIT 2
    2ND PRD: DET - ANDREAS LILJA 2 (VALTTERI FILPPULA, NIKLAS KRONWALL)
    15:11

    Stars 4, Red Wings 2  2nd - 4:49Jan 29 9:02 PM
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    DALLAS 4
    DETROIT 1
    2ND PRD: DET - (PP) MARIAN HOSSA 24 (BRIAN RAFALSKI, PAVEL DATSYUK)
    4:06

    Stars 4, Red Wings 1  2nd - 15:54Jan 29 8:39 PM


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    DALLAS 4
    DETROIT 0
    2ND PRD: DAL - (PP) LOUI ERIKSSON 23 (JAMES NEAL, MIKE MODANO) 2:00

    Stars 4, Red Wings 0  2nd - 18:00Jan 29 8:35 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 3 3
    DETROIT 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DAL - (PP) BRAD RICHARDS 13 (MIKE RIBEIRO, JERE LEHTINEN)
    10:15
    DAL - (PP) JERE LEHTINEN 4 (BRAD RICHARDS, STEVE OTT) 11:32
    DAL - CHRIS CONNER 1 (MIKE MODANO) 18:32
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD T

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    DALLAS 3
    DETROIT 0
    1ST PRD: DAL - CHRIS CONNER 1 (MIKE MODANO) 18:32

    Stars 3, Red Wings 0  1st - 1:28Jan 29 8:10 PM


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    DALLAS 2
    DETROIT 0
    1ST PRD: DAL - (PP) JERE LEHTINEN 4 (BRAD RICHARDS, STEVE OTT) 11:32

    Stars 2, Red Wings 0  1st - 8:28Jan 29 8:00 PM


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    DALLAS 1
    DETROIT 0
    1ST PRD: DAL - (PP) BRAD RICHARDS 13 (MIKE RIBEIRO, JERE LEHTINEN)
    10:15

    Stars 1, Red Wings 0  1st - 9:45Jan 29 7:57 PM
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