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Daley's goal completes Stars' rally

by Brian Compton
Four nights after being embarrassed in Detroit, the Dallas Stars redeemed themselves in dramatic fashion on Monday.
The Stars peppered Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood all night, firing 49 shots, and Trevor Daley scored at 1:51 of overtime in a 5-4 victory against the defending Stanley Cup champs at the American Airlines Center.
Dallas trailed 3-1 after the first period, but found a way to battle back for a hard-fought win. The Stars' 49 shots were the most they've recorded in a regular-season game since February 1997. The five goals were the most Dallas scored against Detroit since a month before that.
''When you're pushing people and prodding and thinking you can be better, games like this prove it,'' Stars coach Dave Tippett said.
With the Stars wreaking havoc in front of Osgood, Daley took a shot that got knocked down. However, the defenseman followed the shot and slammed home his own rebound for his fourth goal of the season. It was the only lead the Stars had on Monday, and it also put an end to the Wings' six-game winning streak.
"Detroit's a good team," Daley said. "Anytime you put up 49 shots against Detroit, you should win."
Marty Turco made 26 saves for the Stars and bounced back nicely after being pulled following the second period in Thursday night's 6-1 loss at Joe Louis Arena. He kept the Red Wings off the scoreboard in the second period, when Dallas outshot Detroit by a margin of 23-10.
Still, things were a bit rocky in the first, when Turco -- now just 4-11-5 lifetime against Detroit -- allowed goals on back-to-back shots by Brian Rafalski and Tomas Holmstrom. Nicklas Grossman cut the deficit to 2-1 at 16:01 with his first goal in 110 career NHL games, but Marian Hossa restored the Wings' two-goal lead less than two minutes later via the power play.
''We came in the room (between periods) and didn't want the same situation to happen again,'' Dallas forward Mike Ribeiro said. ''We were mad. We wanted to finish our checks and get loose pucks. We were playing much better than Detroit. ... We have to play with energy.''
The Stars did just that in the second, when they fought back to tie the game. Stephane Robidas made it 3-2 just 52 seconds into the period, as he fired a shot from the right circle past Osgood for his second goal of the season. Mark Parrish tied it at 15:53 to send the crowd into a frenzy.
''We got off to a good start, but they took the game over,'' Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. ''We didn't execute very good and that led to their momentum. ... Give them credit. They got beat in our building bad and they responded with a good effort and we weren't as good as we should have been.''
Pavel Datsyuk put Detroit back in front with his 19th goal of the season at 5:19 of the third. With the teams at even strength, Datsyuk skated down the left side of the ice, made a brilliant move around Stars defenseman Darryl Sydor and beat Turco to make it 4-3 on a highlight-reel tally.
But Steve Ott tied it with exactly three minutes remaining, when he took a pass from Ribeiro and fired it into an open net for a power-play goal. Osgood faced another 16 shots in the third period.
''We wasted a good effort by him," Wings forward Dan Cleary said. "We got a point, but we should have had two. I thought he played phenomenal. Every chance they got it on net and created traffic in front of the net. And eventually it paid off for them.''
Such was the case again in overtime, when Daley completed the improbable win in dramatic fashion. The Stars, who are five points behind the Colorado Avalanche for eighth place in the Western Conference, host the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.
"Every point is huge for us," Daley said. "We're fighting an uphill battle. Beating these guys tonight is obviously going to give us a little bit of confidence going into Thursday's game."

Material from wire services and broadcast media was used in this report.

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