Red Wings win 4th straight, top Stars 5-2By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer Saturday, Nov 12, 2011
After White’s big defensive play, the Red Wings added two insurance goals and went on to a 5-2 victory over the Stars. Johan Franzen(notes), Darren Helm(notes) and Brad Stuart(notes) all scored in the third period for Detroit. White also had a goal in the second.
The Red Wings have won four straight, part of a streaky start to their season. They won their first five games before an 0-5-1 stretch preceded this run.
“We have a lot of talent in here,” Lidstrom said. “I think we believed in ourselves when we hit that slump, but now, we’re shooting the puck and we’re getting traffic, too. That’s something we talked a lot about.”
Dallas has lost two in a row after an 11-3 start.
Franzen’s goal was his ninth of the season. White went sprawling across the front of his net during a scramble later in the third.
“You like to see guys selling out,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “I don’t like to see guys get hit in the face, but a great message to his teammates, and he competes every night.”
Helm and Stuart soon padded the Red Wings lead.
White wasn’t available to talk to reporters after the game.
Detroit outshot Dallas 15-11 in a free-flowing first period. The Red Wings had good pressure on an early power play but couldn’t convert. The Stars opened the scoring on Eriksson’s ninth of the season.
Kronwall tied it on a slap shot with 2:43 remaining in the period, the first of three goals by Detroit defensemen.
“We have guys in front of the net. They’re taking a lot of beating up there,” Kronwall said. “We’re just trying to get the puck to the net. A few of them went in.”
White gave the Red Wings a 2-1 lead in the second with a slap shot that sailed through traffic and past the glove of Raycroft. Detroit almost added another goal a few minutes later when Pavel Datsyuk(notes) led a 2-on-1 break. Datsyuk made a nice pass to Helm, but Helm missed the net from in front.
Helm headed straight to the bench, slamming his stick against the glass in frustration on his way there. He would later score on a similar rush.
NOTES: Dallas recalled D Philip Larsen(notes) from the AHL, but he didn’t play. … Dallas D Alex Goligoski(notes), day-to-day with an undisclosed upper body injury, was scratched. … Lidstrom’s second-period assist gave him 1,120 points, one short of Darryl Sittler for 53rd on the NHL career list.