The Dallas Stars played well for a third straight game, and this time they got a better result. For a third straight game, the Stars held the advantage in shots and shot attempts, but this time, they also had the edge in goals, defeating the Detroit Red Wings, 4-2, at American Airlines Center for their first win of the 2017-18 season.
"We've played three games in a row really, really hard. We've played three games - except for four or five minutes - close to our identity," said Stars coach Ken Hitchcock. "You want to see guys rewarded for that and tonight they were."
The Stars dominated play in the season opener against Vegas, but failure to extend the lead and a couple of mistakes allowed the Golden Knights to rally for a 2-1 win. Saturday in St. Louis, a five-minute lapse by the Stars allowed the Blues to jump out to a 3-0 lead and the Stars could never catch up, falling 4-2.
On Tuesday, the Stars, who had a 33-25 advantage in shots and 74-56 edge in shot attempts, jumped out to a 2-0 lead through the first 20 minutes. The Red Wings pulled to within one goal late in the third period, but the Stars were able to close out the game.
Video: DET@DAL: Janmark beats Mrazek with great effort
"We lost that first game (against Vegas) at the end, so it's important to find that game playing smart at the end," said Stars forward Tyler Pitlick.
John Klingberg and Mattias Janmark both had one goal and one assist for the Stars. Tyler Seguin and Martin Hanzal also scored. Ben Bishop stopped 23 of 25 shots to earn his first win as a Star.
"It's exciting, especially at home in front of the crowd," Bishop said. "Maybe would have liked to have done it in the first one but we'll take the two points. Big win for us. You never want to lose three in a row in this league."
The Red Wings (2-1-0) suffered their first loss of the season. Justin Abdelkader and Anthony Mantha scored goals. Petr Mrazek stopped 29 of 32 shots in goal.
Video: Hitchcock speaks after win over Detroit
"I didn't think we had enough guys at that ultra, ultra-competitive level. Our competitive level can't be fine, it's got to be outstanding," said Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill. "Also, we didn't have enough guys skating well enough, so we didn't have enough pressure on them.
"I thought when we pressured them, we were able to create turnovers, but we didn't do enough of it."
The Stars jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Klingberg and Seguin. Klingberg scored from the point with Remi Elie setting a screen at the 9:15 mark to put the Stars up 1-0.
Bishop came up big at the 13:36 mark, stopping a quality bid from Mantha. The Stars extended the lead to 2-0 on the power play late in the period when Seguin took a pass from Klingberg and scored off a one-timer from the left circle with 31 seconds left in the first.
Video: DET@DAL: Klingberg tallies off post from long range
The Red Wings cut the Dallas lead to 2-1 early in the second period, taking advantage of a four-on-three power play. Just 14 seconds after Seguin went to the penalty box for cross checking, Henrik Zetterberg put a shot on net that Abdelkader tipped past Bishop at the 3:50 mark.
The Stars answered a little more than four minutes later when Janmark won a battle for a loose puck and then whipped the puck past Mrazek from the bottom of the left faceoff circle.
The Red Wings made things interesting late in the third. Dylan Larkin came close to making it a one-goal game, hitting the crossbar with 7:36 remaining. Mantha did make it a one-goal game scoring from the left circle with 4:49 left. The Red Wings pulled Mrazek with about three minutes left but couldn't draw even, and Janmark set up Hanzal, who scored into the empty net with two seconds left to seal the victory.
"I think we've been playing pretty good in all three games and it was nice to get the win today," said Klingberg. "The first one in the books is nice."
Notes: Hitchcock tied for third in all-time coaching wins
Tuesday's win was number 782 for Ken Hitchcock, tying him with Al Arbour for third on the NHL's all-time coaching wins list. "He's been a hell of a coach for a long time," said Stars goaltender Ben Bishop, "so hopefully we can get him many more and have him keep climbing."
Stars captain Jamie Benn recorded his 300th career assist on Tyler Seguin's power play goal late in the first period.
Stars defenseman John Klingberg has registered a point in each of the first three games.
Tyler Seguin and Martin Hanzal led the Stars with five shots on goal apiece.
Seguin led the Stars with ten shot attempts.
The Stars were 1-3 on the power play and have scored on the power play in all three games this season. They are 3-11 (27.3 percent) through three games.
The Stars were 4-5 on the penalty kill. They are 12-14 (85.7 percent) through three games.
The Stars won 47 of 81 faceoffs (58 percent). Jason Spezza won 13 of 16 (81 percent). Radek Faksa won 10 of 13 (77 percent). Jamie Benn won 6 of 10 (60 percent).
Esa Lindell led the Stars with 26:14 of ice time and a plus-three rating.
The Stars hit the road to take on the Predators in Nashville Thursday. This will be the first of four meetings this season between the Stars and Predators. The Predators (1-2-0) won their first game of the season, defeating Philadelphia, 6-5, Tuesday in Nashville.
Jamie Benn - Tyler Seguin - Alexander Radulov
Remi Elie - Jason Spezza - Brett Ritchie
Mattias Janmark - Martin Hanzal - Devin Shore
Antoine Roussel - Radek Faksa - Tyler Pitlick
Esa Lindell - John Klingberg
Marc Methot - Stephen Johns
Jamie Oleksiak - Julius Honka
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