Star gazing: Red Wings throttled, drop three of four

Modesto Morganelli
Gennaio 17, 2018

Jason Spezza scored two power-play goals and the Dallas Stars won for the eighth time in 11 games by downing the host Detroit Red Wings 4-2 on Tuesday. That includes three multi-point games since December 31.

Goaltender Jimmy Howard stopped 22 shots in defeat.

Ben Bishop needed to make only 13 saves to raise his career record vs. Detroit to 13-4-0.

Martin Hanzel added a third-period goal for the Stars to wrap up the scoring on the night as it finished 4-2.

In the second period, Andreas Athanasiou tied things up with a brilliant effort on the breakaway.

Bertuzzi patiently found Athanasiou breaking free - the Red Wings caught the Stars on a bad change - and Athanasiou froze Bishop while posting his 10th goal.

Niklas Kronwall earned the second assist on the play, his 311th, passing Red Kelly to move into 12th on the Red Wings' all-time list. He fired in a shot from the slot after a Bertuzzi pass from behind the Dallas net.

Daley, who played for the Stars from 2003-15, scored just 44 seconds into the game.

Faksa, battling near the net, got his stick on a point shot by Esa Lindell and earned his 11th goal at 2:48.

Spezza's opening goal put the Stars ahead 2-1 on a two-man Stars advantage. The Stars had the man advantage after the Red Wings' Luke Witkowski was assessed a roughing infraction along with a five-minute fighting penalty after a tussle with Stephen Johns, who received only a fighting penalty. Spezza tipped in a Klingberg shot for his sixth goal at 8:55.

Dallas won the first meeting this season 4-2 on its home ice October 10.

Especially this deep into the regular season, Blashill didn't feel the back-to-backs would have much of an impact - especially with the game in Boston being an afternoon game.

Blashill felt the Stars had one of the better, well-rounded teams the Red Wings have seen.

"They have a top line that's as good as any in the league and they got a bunch of workers around them", Blashill said.

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