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Stars 2, Red Wings 1, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Stars 2, Red Wings 1, SO
Detroit Red Wings 1, Dallas Stars 2

DALLAS (AP) - This was the kind of game NHL executives dream about: Two elite clubs playing at their best before a national TV audience, needing overtime to settle it. When five thrilling minutes weren't enough, on came a shootout - one that was extended to sudden death by a bizarre play overturning an apparent winning defensive stand.

Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco couldn't care less about any of that. He's just glad to have finally beaten the Detroit Red Wings.

Turco made 27 saves and was bailed out for two mistakes - a slashing penalty and a thrown stick - when Mike Modano pounded a shot into the top of the net in the first round of sudden death, giving the Stars a 2-1 victory over the Red Wings on Saturday.

"It was an exciting afternoon," Modano said. "NBC probably couldn't have asked for a better game."

"The only people who didn't like that game was the American Airlines Center crew," joked Stars coach Dave Tippett, referring to the long game (2 hours, 51 minutes) making it even tougher for arena workers to convert the playing surface in time for the second half of Dallas' first-ever NHL-NBA doubleheader.

The Stars, playing their third shootout in 3 1/2 days, won their fourth straight game and second in a row over Detroit after going 10 games against them without a win. Dallas also improved its league-best shootout record to 8-0 and upped its point total to 70, one behind Detroit for the most in the Western Conference.

"We keep getting closer to those guys," Turco said.

The Red Wings fell to 1-1-2 in their last four games. They are 1-1 in shootouts, or, as coach Mike Babcock called it, "the thing at the end."

"I think the fans love it, but it's got nothing to do with the game," he said.

Turco, a former University of Michigan star, had been 0-5-5 against Detroit. Although the Stars beat the Red Wings 6-3 in his last start, he was pulled after letting the club fall behind 3-0.

He was superb from the start this time, snuffing the league's top power play on its first five chances, including more than 1 1/2 minutes when they had a two-man advantage. Then he gave the Red Wings a sixth power play by slashing Tomas Holmstrom early in the third period and Holmstrom scored during it.

Dallas' Jere Lehtinen tied the game with 5:12 left, then Turco turned away seven shots in overtime - most on another Detroit power play - to force the shootout.

With the Stars up 2-1 after two rounds, Turco had a chance to seal the victory by stopping Henrik Zetterberg. He did, too, forcing him to push the puck wide right.

But Turco's stick slipped out of his hands while he tried to poke away the puck. Turco immediately turned to an official and shook his blocker to indicate he did nothing wrong. The official apparently agreed because the Stars began celebrating. Then replay officials took another look, ruled it a thrown stick and credited Zetterberg with the tying score.

"I didn't mean to throw it, but I'm sure it was the right call," Turco said.

Detroit goaltender Manny Legace followed by stopping Antti Miettinen, forcing sudden death. Turco then redeemed himself by popping Robert Lang's shot over the goal and Modano ended it with a blistering shot past Legace.

"It comes down to a skills competition and their skill is better than mine," Legace said.

Legace made 19 saves, including several excellent ones. He stopped Modano at the edge of the crease to preserve the shutout midway through the third period and stopped Jason Arnott in the opening seconds of overtime. Arnott then drew the penalty that put the heat on Turco for much of the overtime.

Sergei Zubov and Jussi Jokinen also scored for Dallas in the shootout. Jokinen improved to 8-for-8 and Zubov 5-for-8 in shootouts.

As exciting as the game way, it actually got off to a bumpy start with five penalties the first six minutes. Things were so out of control that a Dallas player was released from the penalty box too soon and the game clock was reset to 20:00 during the confusion. Detroit also had a goal waived off because of a high stick.

Notes: Turco stopped 2-of-4 shootout attempts. He came in 11-of-12. ... Lehtinen's goal was his 25th and ended a skid of seven games without a point. ... The only teams Turco hasn't beaten are Philadelphia (0-0-3) and Pittsburgh (0-1-0). ... The Red Wings have scored a power-play goal in 14 straight games.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
02:53
DET
PPG - Tomas Holmstrom (18) ASST: Jason Woolley (15), Henrik Zetterberg (29)
1 - 0 DET
14:48
DAL
Jere Lehtinen (25) ASST: Jussi Jokinen (21), Mike Modano (33)
1 - 1 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDDETDALTOTAL
1P. Datsyuk
S. Zubov
0 - 1
2J. Williams
J. Jokinen
1 - 2
3H. Zetterberg
A. Miettinen
2 - 2
4R. Lang
M. Modano
2 - 3
penalty summary
1st Period
02:07
DET
Robert Lang  Tripping
03:41
DET
Kris Draper  Hooking
03:59
DAL
Jussi Jokinen  Holding
05:10
DAL
Jason Arnott  Holding
05:37
DAL
Sergei Zubov  Hooking
2nd Period
07:06
DAL
Stu Barnes  Holding
11:35
DET
Johan Franzen  Hooking
15:03
DET
Pavel Datsyuk  Diving
15:03
DAL
Jon Klemm  Hooking
19:00
DAL
Mike Modano  Holding
3rd Period
01:11
DAL
Marty Turco  Slashing
09:26
DAL
Jason Arnott  Slashing
09:26
DET
Johan Franzen  Holding
18:14
DET
Johan Franzen  Interference
OT Period
00:34
DAL
Jason Arnott  Hooking
goalie stats
Manny Legace
SA: 20TOI: 64:56
Saves: 19EV: 15 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .950SH: 0 - 0
Marty Turco
SA: 28TOI: 64:57
Saves: 27EV: 18 - 18
PIM: 2PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .964SH: 0 - 0