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Richards has two assists, helping Stars defeat Red Wings 4-2

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DETROIT - Brad Richards had two power-play assists a minute apart midway through the first period and the Dallas Stars beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 Thursday night.

Steve Ott, Jere Lehtinen, Chris Conner and Loui Eriksson put the Stars ahead 4-0 early in the second period.

Marian Hossa and Andreas Lilja scored for the Red Wings during a second period in which they had two more goals disallowed.

Chris Osgood gave up two goals on the first five shots he faced and was benched after giving up three goals on 12 shots in the first period. Ty Conklin replaced him and finished with 10 saves.

Dallas' Marty Turco had 22 saves.

The Stars have won three straight and are 5-1-1 in their last seven games, continuing a surge up from the bottom of the Western Conference. Since Nov. 30, they are 15-7-3.

Detroit, meanwhile, is 0-3-1 in its last four games after an 8-0-1 stretch padded its lead in the Central Division.

The Red Wings were without Henrik Zetterberg because of a back injury, a day after he signed a 12-year, US$73-million contract. Zetterberg hopes to play Saturday at Washington.

Zetterberg's presence was missing at both ends of the ice as Detroit fell behind 4-0 for the first time this season after a couple of trends were reversed.

Dallas entered the game 30th on the power play on the road and Detroit had the NHL's best success rate at home on penalty killing. On the game's first two penalties, the Stars went ahead 2-0 on goals 1:17 apart.

Ott deflected Richards' shot past Osgood for the first, and Richards set up Lehtinen on the second. Conner beat Osgood on the short side late in the first period, leading to the goalie getting pulled.

Conklin gave up a goal to Eriksson on the second shot he faced, then didn't allow another as the Stars held on to their big lead with a conservative style.

Notes: Dallas won the season series 3-1. ... Turco broke Cesare Maniago's franchise record of 24,229 minutes played in net. ... Hossa's 24th goal was his first on a power play at home. ... The Red Wings put D Brad Stuart (ribs) on injured reserve and recalled forward Aaron Downey, who played Thursday, and forward Ville Leino.

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