Weekend Roundup: Game recaps from Red Wings road trip games against the Stars and the Coyotes

Ronald Martinez / Getty Images Detroit Red Wings goaltender Ty Conklin makes a save against Dallas Stars' Mike Ribeiro in the first period of their game at the American Airlines Center on Friday Dec. 12, 2008 in Dallas, Texas. The Stars went on to win 3-1.

Ronald Martinez / Getty Images Detroit Red Wings goaltender Ty Conklin makes a save against Dallas Stars' Mike Ribeiro in the first period of their game at the American Airlines Center on Friday Dec. 12, 2008 in Dallas, Texas. The Stars went on to win 3-1.

By Christy Hammond

Stars 3, Red Wings 1

The Dallas Stars (11-13-4) snapped the Detroit Red Wings (19-5-4) four-game winning streak in a 3-1 Detroit loss at the American Airlines Center. Dallas goaltender Marty Turco had a fantastic game stopping 37 shots in the win and improving to 3-10-4 all-time in regular season games against Detroit.

Wings defenseman Brett Lebda scored Detroit’s only goal at the 6:05 mark in the first period. Forward Jiri Hudler made a great cross-ice feed to Lebda to the bottom of the right face-off circle. Lebs then brought the puck in a little closer to the net and flipped it past Turco. Dan Cleary earned his eighth point in the last five games with an assist on Detroit’s sole goal.

The Stars did not get on the board until the second period, but scored two quick goals in a span of 1:40 to take the lead. Rookie Tom Wandell scored his first NHL career goal when he stole the puck from Kirk Maltby to the right of Wings goaltender Ty Conklin and then proceeded to take a smooth backhanded shot. It was just Wandell’s second NHL game as he had been playing for Timra in the Swedish Elite League this year where he had 24 points in 28 games before the rash of Dallas injuries resulted in him being called up.

Swedish rookie forward Fabian Brunnstrom, who the Wings had courted last spring, tallied his ninth goal of the season when he faked a shot before actually taking a wristshot from the slot. His goal at 7:27 into the second ultimately proved to be the game winner.

Despite 29 shots on Turco in the second and third periods, the Wings were unable to get back on the scoreboard giving Detroit its first loss since November 29th. Mike Ribeiro solidified the Stars’ lead with an empty netter with just one minute left in the game for his second offensive point of the night.

Head coach Mike Babcock told Ansar Khan for MLive.com his thoughts about the game:

“Give them credit, they battled hard. And we couldn’t shoot it in the net,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We had lots of opportunities (outshooting Dallas 38-24). I thought they did a good job of clogging up the neutral zone and found a way to get two points. They needed it bad. I didn’t think it was because we didn’t play hard.”

Red Wings 5, Coyotes 4 (SO)
Paul Connors / Associated Press Detroit Red Wings right winger Mikael Samuelsson, left, is congratulated by teammate Jiri Hudler after Samuelsson scored a goal against the Phoenix Coyotes in the first period of their game Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, in Glendale, Ariz.

Paul Connors / Associated Press Detroit Red Wings right winger Mikael Samuelsson, left, is congratulated by teammate Jiri Hudler after Samuelsson scored a goal against the Phoenix Coyotes in the first period of their game Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, in Glendale, Ariz.


The Detroit Red Wings (20-5-4) bounced back from Friday’s loss with a 5-4 shootout win over the Phoenix Coyotes (14-14-2).
Wings goaltender Chris Osgood got his first start in four games and made it count with 24 saves in the win. While he wasn’t named one of the three stars of the game, 44% of FS Detroit viewers voted him as McDonald’s Player of the Game thanks to his strong performance including some spectacular saves during the second period. Osgood stopped three of the four shots he faced in the shootout to give Detroit its fifth win in six games.
Detroit grabbed the lead just 33 seconds into the game. Captain Nicklas Lidstrom fed the puck to Henrik Zetterberg, who flicked in a wrist shot from the bottom of the right face-off circle. Zetterberg went on to earn an assist on Johan Franzen‘s game-tying goal in the third and then scored a beauty in the shootout. Hank made a strong shoulder deke before beating Ilya Bryzgalov on the backhand making him the only Wing to score in the shootout before both teams turned to extra shooters.
After the game, head coach Mike Babcock told John Keating on FS Detroit that Zetterberg’s shootout goal was “pretty impressive” and that he is the best two-way player in the game.
Both of Franzen’s goals in Saturday’s game evened Detroit up with Phoenix.
The Mule stole the puck 6:37 into the second, flew down the ice, and beat Bryzgalov on a breakaway shot. In my opinion, the unassisted shorthanded goal was definitely the best one in regulation and perfectly displayed Franzen’s many strengths (strength, power, and his shot). It also helped halt the shift of momentum in Phoenix’s favor and really brought the team back into the game.With 21 seconds remaining in the game, Franzen tied the game at four goals apiece with Detroit on a 6-on-4 man advantage.
Tomas Holmstrom tallied his first goal since returning from back spasms when he tipped in defenseman Brian Rafalski‘s shot from the point at 10:17 to give Detroit a brief lead in the second. Homer’s goal came on a Detroit power play, which went 2-for-3 in the game. It marked his first multi-point game since notching two assists against Florida on November 14.
After missing the first 28 games due to a fractured tibia, 46-year-old defenseman Chris Chelios got 10:27 minutes of ice time in his first game this regular season.
Tonight the Red Wings will face off against Colorado at home. 

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