Tonight, the tenacity of the Dallas Stars nearly paid off as they refused to let a game get away from them late, even after the Detroit Red Wings looked like they would just dominate. In a rare game where statistically the Stars out played the Red Wings, they fell short on the one statistic that matters the most: goals scored. Dropping their fourth in their last five to the Wings tonight by a score of 5-4 at the American Airlines Center.
Jiri Hudler from Detroit scored twice as did the Stars’ Michael Ryder, as Jamie Benn factored into the scoring three times as he shared the NHL ice for the first time with his older brother, Jordie Benn, who notched his first point. Both Benn brothers assisted on Loui Eriksson’s first period goal.
However, the one statistical category that was in Detroit’s favor was the Stars problem constantly through the evening: giveaways were 3-6, in favor of the Wings. The third line that has been clutch all season has cooled down recently as Radek Dvorak, Vernon Fiddler and Eric Nystrom were a combined -8 tonight. And Kari Lehtonen, though at times he struggled, ultimately kept the Stars in the game by making several spectacular kick saves and keeping the difference on the scoreboard within reach (especially considering the injury he spent a month caring for). A great note was the Stars did not take a single penalty the entire game, as the only call of the game came in the opening seconds against the Red Wings.
The loss drops Dallas to third in the Pacific Division, two points behind Los Angeles and one point behind San Jose. The Stars are one point ahead of fourth place Phoenix and will return to action against Nashville on Thursday.