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Late rally drives Wings' win in Big D

by Staff Writer / Detroit Red Wings
By The Associated Press


DALLAS -- Henrik Zetterberg netted the go-ahead goal with 4:36 left, after setting up the tying score a little over four minutes earlier, and the Red Wings rallied for a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday.

The Stars held a 1-0 lead midway through the third period behind rookie goalie Mike Smith, who was trying for his second shutout in three games. But Pavel Datsyuk tied it at 1 at 11:14 with his 18th goal off a setup by Zetterberg.

Zetterberg gave the Wings the lead at 15:24 with his 27th goal on a shot from the high slot.

Mathieu Schneider added an empty-netter with 33 seconds left, assisted by Zetterberg, to ice the victory and snap Dallas' three-game winning streak.

Mike Ribeiro had a second-period, power-play goal for the Stars.

The Wings got 17 saves from Chris Osgood, who started despite a broken right index finger.
Playing with a broken finger, Chris Osgood allowed one goal Wednesday, running his record to 3-0 when holding opponents to a single tally this season. (GettyImages)
Detroit, routed by the Philadelphia Flyers 6-1 on Monday night, has won seven of nine.

Smith, who finished with 29 saves, was playing in his fourth straight game - two as a starter and two in relief of Stars' No. 1 goalie Marty Turco.

Dallas coach Dave Tippett insists there is no goaltender controversy, that he's simply resting Turco, who made 11 consecutive starts before this four-game stretch.

Another factor influencing Tippett's decision to start Smith, Turco has a career record of 1-8-5 against the Wings.

Smith made several difficult saves in the first period that ended with Detroit holding a 12-7 edge in shots.

Dallas moved in front at 6:34 of the second period on Ribeiro's eighth goal. He steered Jussi Jokinen's centering pass into an open net while Osgood was caught out of position.

GAME NOTES: Detroit goaltender Dominik Hasek sat out because of tendinitis in his right wrist. ... The Wings have won all three meetings with the Stars this season. ... Ladislav Nagy, acquired in a trade with Phoenix on Monday, made his Stars debut on a line with Mike Modano and Jere Lehtinen. ... Osgood sat out the previous eight games.
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