Game 17: Red Wings-Dallas Enotes

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
Time Team Scoring Detail DAL DET
No scoring this period 0 0
Time Team Penalty Detail
11:17   Daniel Cleary: 2 Minutes for Boarding
2nd Period Summary
Time Team Scoring Detail DAL DET
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
Time Team Penalty Detail
No penalties this period
3rd Period Summary
Time Team Scoring Detail DAL DET
4:08   Jamie Benn (6) 2 2
Unassisted
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
Time Team Penalty Detail
17:16   Justin Abdelkader: 2 Minutes for Goalkeeper Interference
OT Summary
Time Team Scoring Detail DAL DET
4:41   Rich Peverley (3) 4 3
Assists: Valeri Nichushkin, Alex Goligoski
Time Team Penalty Detail
No penalties this period

Thursday’s Thoughts

Every Thursday I’ll give you my quick $0.02 worth.

Tonight’s tilt with the Dallas Stars at JLA kicks off an important four-game home stand for the Red Wings.

Not only is it four straight home games, but home wasn’t very cozy the last time the Red Wings appeared before their Hockeytown faithful.

In fact, the Red Wings are winless at home since October 15. The last three games on JLA ice have resulted in a tough 1-0 shootout loss to San Jose, a 6-1 hammering by the Ottawa Senators, and a much-ballyhooed 3-2 OT loss to the Rangers.

It was the Rangers loss, in which goalie Jimmy Howard was peppered for 40 shots, that got coach Mike Babcock’s dander up. The Red Wings then went on the road and had a very back-to-basics, successful 3-1 trip to Western Canada.

So here they are, back at home, and seeking to make some hay at JLA. We’ll see if the commitment to puck control, forechecking and attention to detail that we saw on the last road trip materializes at home, starting tonight against Dallas (7-6-2).

Tonight’s game marks the first in a stretch where the Red Wings play seven of eight at home, so this is a crucial point in a young season.

Spotlight on the Opponent: Tyler Seguin

What: Dallas at Detroit
When: Thursday, November 7, 7:30pm (TV: FSD)
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Local hockey fans should know the name Tyler Seguin.

Seguin, a center, starred for the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League from 2008-10, scoring 69 goals in 124 games for the Whalers.

After that it was off to the NHL, as Seguin was drafted 2nd overall in the 2010 Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. Seguin, at age 19, hoisted the Stanley Cup with the Bruins. That’s fitting—his age of 19—because Seguin wore no. 19 with the Bruins as a nod to his favorite player growing up, Steve Yzerman.

Seguin scored 56 goals in just over 200 games with the Bruins before being traded to Dallas in a blockbuster trade on July 4, 2013. You may recall that Seguin made some unwanted headlines when he posted a homophobic slur on his Twitter account not long after the trade.

With a fresh start in Dallas, Seguin is picking up where he left off on the scoresheet. In 15 games, Seguin is 6/9/15 and is plus-2 for a Stars team that is struggling to find its way at 7-6-2.

The other night, Seguin returned to Boston as a member of the Stars and scored a shootout goal to help the Stars upend the Bruins, 3-2. And here’s the refreshingly honest answer Seguin gave when asked about ever returning to Boston to play.

“If I got a contract or a trade to come back (to Boston) or asked, I don’t think I would come back,” Seguin told WBZ-TV in Boston. “I think in the end you want to play where you are wanted. I have great relationships with our coach and the GM (in Dallas), and I know how much they want me. It feels good to play here. I guess that is all I want to say on that.”

Since 19 was taken in Dallas, Seguin wears no. 91 for the Stars.