The Dallas Stars like working overtime. The pay is pretty good.
The Stars played their fourth straight game of extra time, and they have won three of them, thanks to tonight’s 4-3 victory over the Red Wings.
Rich Peverley’s third goal of the season with 19 seconds left in OT was the game-winner. In the third period, Peverley survived a nasty collision with teammate Tyler Seguin that could have been disastrous for Dallas.
What’s worse, the Stars sent the game into overtime by scoring a PP goal with 1:10 left in the third period, with goalie Kari Lehtonen lifted for essentially a two-man advantage.
This was the Red Wings’ first game home after a 3-1 road trip, and it kicked off a stretch where the team will play seven of the next eight games at JLA.
The Red Wings actually played a pretty good game, but the Stars’ superior skating played a big part in producing the game-tying and game-winning goals. The Wings got caught looking at the Stars skating around, and it cost Detroit the game.
But again, the Red Wings looked like they came to play for the most part. But the Stars played a clean game, not giving Detroit so much as one power play all night.
Pavel Datsyuk scored one of the prettiest goals you’ll see to give the Wings a 3-2 lead at 11:34 of the third period. Floating under the radar near the blue line, Datsyuk took a bullet pass from Henrik Zetterberg out of the corner, dipsy-dooed around a Star defender and fired a wrist shot under the cross bar from between the circles.
The Stars erased leads all night. They fell behind 2-0, tied the game, fell victim to Datsyuk’s goal, but Dallas overcame it all to notch two more post-regulation points.
Adam Almquist scored his first career NHL goal. Todd Bertuzzi scored the other Detroit goal on a sweet feed from Datsyuk.
BOTTOM LINE: The first game at home after a long road trip is always tough, but the Red Wings were up to the challenge most of the night. Dallas was just very tenacious.
THE WINGED WHEELER SAYS: Not the start you want to begin this spate of home games, but at least the Red Wings didn’t play as loosey-goosey as they did in the two home games before leaving for Western Canada. The Stars only mustered 28 shots. Goalie Jimmy Howard has had better games, but no goal was truly soft in the purest sense.
|1st Period Summary|
|No scoring this period||0||0|
|11:17||Daniel Cleary: 2 Minutes for Boarding|
|2nd Period Summary|
|7:44||Todd Bertuzzi (5)||0||1|
|Assists: Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk|
|14:50||Adam Almqvist (1)||0||2|
|Assists: Henrik Zetterberg, Todd Bertuzzi|
|19:39||Shawn Horcoff (2)||1||2|
|Assists: Ray Whitney, Alex Chiasson|
|No penalties this period|
|3rd Period Summary|
|4:08||Jamie Benn (6)||2||2|
|11:34||Pavel Datsyuk (7)||2||3|
|Assists: Henrik Zetterberg, Jakub Kindl|
|18:50||Cody Eakin (4) (Power Play)||3||3|
|Assists: Sergei Gonchar, Trevor Daley|
|17:16||Justin Abdelkader: 2 Minutes for Goalkeeper Interference|
|4:41||Rich Peverley (3)||4||3|
|Assists: Valeri Nichushkin, Alex Goligoski|
|No penalties this period|