Red Wings 3, Stars 2
DETROIT (AP)—The Detroit Red Wings are simply unbeatable these days.
Johan Franzen and Andreas Lilja also scored and Henrik Zetterberg added two assists for Detroit, which trailed 2-0 before stretching its winning streak to eight games. The Red Wings also made it 20 consecutive games (17-0-3) with at least a point, since their last regulation loss on March 7.
“The first two periods weren’t pretty,” Holmstrom said. “But we hung in there and battled back against a good team.”
Manny Legace stopped 28 shots in the win.
“It’s a couple of individual mistakes that cost us the game,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said. “That’s the bottom line.”
Holmstrom tipped in a shot by Zetterberg for his 29th goal.
The win gave the Red Wings 124 points (58-15-8), the fifth best total in NHL history.
“Among the top five teams all time, that’s special,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.
With Detroit trailing 2-0, Franzen put the Red Wings on the scoreboard when Kronwall’s shot from the point deflected off him with 6:59 left in the third period. It was Franzen’s 12th goal.
Lilja tied the game with 4:47 left in regulation with his second goal when he converted a pass from Zetterberg from the inside edge of the left circle.
“Our first two periods weren’t really good,” said Kronwall. “And Dallas sat back in the third period and we came on.”
Arnott opened the scoring with 5:50 left in the first period with his 32nd goal. He dove and knocked the puck past Legace from the side of the net.
“The first two periods were better and then we kind of backed off a little bit,” Arnott said. “We relaxed a little too much and it costs us.”
Lehtinen added his goal, his 33rd, on the power play 3:22 into the third period when he tipped in a pass from Arnott.
NHL Senior Vice President Jim Gregory presented the Presidents’ Trophy to Detroit alternate captains Nicklas Lidstrom and Brendan Shanahan in a ceremony before the game. It goes to the team with the NHL’s best record. … The Stars have 53 points (25-12-3) on the road this season, the most in team history. … Red Wings’ C Pavel Datsyuk (lower body), F Steve Yzerman (lower body) and D Mathieu Schneider (groin) didn’t play. … Detroit sent Don MacLean to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League and recalled Valtteri Filppula from the same team.