January 29, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Dallas Stars right wing Michael Ryder (73) and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (52) fight for position in front of goalie Jimmy Howard (35) in the third period at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Ineffective defense, penalties, cost Dallas in Detroit

In stark contrast to Monday night’s game, the Dallas Stars’ affinity for taking penalties and serious inexperience in front of the net, resulted in a 4-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Like last night, the Stars opened scoring in Tuesday’s game, and struggled to be a significant presence in front of the net.

The game marks the fourth loss in a row for the Stars, and broke the team’s series of consecutive one-goal games at six.

The night promised to be impassioned from the start, with Eric Nystrom and Derrick Tootoo dropping gloves only three seconds into the first period. Tootoo dropped gloves again later in the period, engaging in an all-out near-minute-long brawl with Brenden Dillon.

Each team had 22 total  penalty minutes for everything from high-sticking and interference to tripping and holding.

Loui Ericksson scored Dallas’ only goal halfway through the second period off assists by Cody Eakin and Jaromir Jagr. Eriksson lead the Stars in shots on goal tonight with six.

Kari Lehtonen started in net again for the Stars and played a strong two and a half periods of hockey before allowing two goals  only 20 seconds apart. Lehtonen faced a total of 27 shots in the 36 minutes he spent between the pipes. Richard Bachman closed out the final four minutes of the game, and faced two shots to close it out.

The Stars didn’t fall too far behind in scoring attempts, an unusual sight thus far this season, landing 26 shots on goal.

The team gets its first two-day break of the season, and returns to home ice on Friday to face the Phoenix Coyotes. The puck drops at 7:30.

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