For the second straight game, Dallas Stars prospects couldn’t hold a 4-2 lead, and the end result is they will finish no higher than fifth place at the NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan. The Detroit Red Wings scored three goals in a 10-minute span of the third period to wipe out that 4-2 deficit, defeat the Stars and advance to Tuesday’s championship game.
“I thought we played really well. It was a tough game,” said Stars forward Devin Shore. “You play to win, and we wanted to represent the Dallas Stars as a winning organization even in the prospect pool, and, unfortunately, we didn’t do that tonight.”
The Stars, needing a regulation victory to win their division and advance to the title game, were tied 2-2 with Detroit heading into the third period. The Stars grabbed a 4-2 lead when Mattias Janmark set up goals by Jason Dickinson and Brett Pollock in the first 4:29 of the third.
But the Red Wings cut the lead to one with a power play goal at the 7:41 mark. With Janmark playing without a stick and Dickinson hobbled after blocking a shot, Detroit’s Robbie Russo scored off a blast from the high slot to make it a 4-3 game. Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou then scored two goals 2:12 apart late in the period, the first coming with 4:33 left and the second with 2:21 remaining to put Detroit ahead for good at 5-4.
The Red Wings took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Dylan Larkin 5:22 into the game, but Shore scored to tie it in the first and Janmark tallied in the second to put the Stars up 2-1. Detroit’s Evgeny Svechnikov scored with less than five minutes left in the second to tie the game.
Philippe Desrosiers got the start in goal for the Stars, stopping 14 of 19 shots.
Dallas will play Minnesota in the fifth-place game Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. Central.
“There are a lot of positives to build on,” Shore said. “It’s early in the year, and guys are going back to different teams after a big game tomorrow. There’s something to build on today because I thought we played really well.”
*The Stars outshot the Red Wings 30-19
*Devin Shore led the Stars with five shots on goal. Mattias Janmark and Brandon Magee had four shots.
*Brett Pollock’s goal Monday was his third in three games. He is currently tied for the tournament lead.
*Mattias Janmark’s three points (one goal, two assists) give him four points (one goal, three assists) for the tournament. He leads the Stars in points and is tied for eighth among all players.
*Radek Faksa was captain for Dallas prospects in Monday’s game.
Here is the schedule for Tuesday’s playoff round. All times are Central. 7th place: Chicago vs. NY Rangers (2:00 p.m.); 5th place: Dallas vs. Minnesota (2:30 p.m.); 3rd place: Carolina vs. St. Louis (5:30 p.m.); 1st place: Detroit vs. Columbus (6:00 p.m.)
Stars lineup vs. Detroit
Jason Dickinson – Mattias Janmark – Brett Pollock
Remi Elie – Devin Shore – Cole Ully
Emil Molin – Radek Faksa – Branden Troock
Chase Witala – Brandon Magee – Mads Eller
Esa Lindell – Stephen Johns
Ludwig Bystrom – Julius Honka
Alex Peters – Aaron Haydon
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