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Hintz, Pavelski power Stars past Red Wings

Each forward has goal, assist for Dallas, which has won four straight games

by Josh Clark / Independent Correspondent

Hintz scores SHG on 2-on-0

DET@DAL: Hintz buries SHG on 2-on-0 rush

Roope Hintz takes a pass from Esa Lindell on a 2-on-0 shorthanded rush and scores on a shot from the face-off circle to tie the game 1-1

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DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars scored four unanswered goals for their fourth straight come-from-behind victory, 4-1 against the Detroit Red Wings at American Airlines Center on Friday.

Roope Hintz and Joe Pavelski each had a goal and an assist, Esa Lindell had three assists, and Anton Khudobin made 22 saves for the Stars (24-14-4).

"It took a little while to get our legs going, there's no question," Stars coach Rick Bowness said. "That's the emotional commitment that you need to make. They responded and battled hard and the best period was the third period where we played Dallas Stars hockey.  

"We were a little loose at times … but they did the job that we needed them to do and we won the game."


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Dylan Larkin scored, and Jonathan Bernier made 23 saves for the Red Wings (10-29-3), who have lost seven of their past eight games.

"They really locked us down," Larkin said. "I don't think we did a good job of getting the puck through the neutral zone and spending quality time in the offensive zone. We didn't attack as a five-man unit and didn't spend quality time there."

Video: DET@DAL: Faksa scores PPG on deflection

Larkin gave Detroit a 1-0 lead at 3:47 of the first period, collecting a loose puck in the slot after Robby Fabbri's centering pass deflected off Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen.

After Radek Faksa was assessed a double minor for high-sticking, Hintz tied it 1-1 at 11:13 with a one-timer on a 2-on-0 with Lindell.

"The puck just kind of turned over and they got a little bit sloppy," Lindell said. "I saw the opportunity to jump in when the puck bounced and I just decided to keep going. I was surprised that Roope was [on a 2-on-0] with me."

Said Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader, "It gave them momentum, for sure, but we can't let that be the turning point. We talk about the next shift mentality and we have to make sure we turn the tables as quick as possible."

Mattias Janmark redirected a pass from Denis Gurianov that went under Bernier and off the right post at 13:25 of the first, but Red Wings defenseman Madison Bowey swept the puck away before it completely crossed the goal line.

However, Faksa scored a power-play goal with a deflection of Lindell's point shot at 1:36 of the second period to make it 2-1.

"He's been great all year," Bowness said of Lindell. "The assists are there now, but honestly, the plays have been there all year. The difference now is that the puck is going in the net now when he makes the plays."

Pavelski extended Dallas' lead to 3-1 at 11:42, forcing a turnover by Bowey in the neutral zone before skating in on a 2-on-1 and beating Bernier blocker side.

"Both the first goal and third goal were a direct result of poor puck decisions," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "We have to be better than that."

Pavelski appeared to score his second on a rebound in the crease at 4:10 of the third period, but Blashill challenged for goaltender interference, and the call was reversed after a video review.

Andrej Sekera scored a shorthanded goal into an empty net during a 6-on-4 at 17:04 of the third for the 4-1 final. He has a goal in each of the past two games after not scoring since March 23, 2017 (104 games).

Video: DET@DAL: Pavelski steals puck and scores


They said it

"Confidence matters on the power-play unit. I thought our power play the other night (2-0 win against the San Jose Sharks on Dec. 31) was one of the best we had all season. Tonight, we had more penalties than we've had in most games and it's a huge chance to make a difference in the game. We have to make sure it's a difference in the long run." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill on the power play, which was 0-for-5 against Dallas and 0-for-14 in the past five games

"The crowd was good tonight. We love playing here, but that Cotton Bowl was something else. Everyone was just talking about how cool of an event it was. The venue was awesome, but the fans made it that way. Coming back, we knew it would take a good effort from us to come and play against that team who is playing loose and can be dangerous with their speed." -- Stars forward Joe Pavelski on playing their first game since winning the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic


Need to know

Pavelski was honored before the game for playing in his 1,000th NHL game against the Florida Panthers on Dec. 20. … Red Wings defenseman Brian Lashoff had an assist on Larkin's goal for his first point of the season. … Detroit has allowed seven shorthanded goals, tied with the Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks and Calgary Flames for most in the NHL. 


What's next

Red Wings: At the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV)

Stars: At the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN)

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