There were some positives for the Dallas Stars Thursday night in Detroit, but the result looked the same. The Stars saw their winless streak hit four games (0-3-1) with a 5-2 loss to the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.
After giving up 87 shots (40 and 47) in the last two games, the Stars allowed just 29 shots on Thursday, but the goals against were five for a fourth straight game.
“We’re not going to win with five goals (against) a night. No team is,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff.
The Stars dug themselves an early hole with some familiar problems. A soft goal gave Detroit the early lead. Colton Sceviour scored quickly to tie, but a turnover led to Detroit’s second goal and an undisciplined penalty put the Red Wings on the power play, and they cashed in for a 3-1 lead after one period. Tyler Seguin scored on the power play in the second to make it a 3-2 game, but Detroit scored twice in the third to put the game away.
“It’s been almost the same type of song every night where we get into the third, and we can’t push through,” Ruff said.
Jussi Rynnas, called up from the AHL on Wednesday, got the start in goal for the Stars. His first goal against was one he’d like back. He made some big saves to keep the Stars in the game. At the end of the night, he made 24 saves on 29 shots.
“The guys helped me a lot today, blocking shots and everybody fights hard,” Rynnas said. “I am mad at myself that I couldn’t help the team.”
“I thought our goalie played well. He made some good saves. We let him out there to dry a bit,” said Stars center Tyler Seguin. “It is turnovers and our coverage. Sometimes you’d like to get the save at the right time, but I don’t see this being any of our goalies’ faults.”
The Stars finished their three-game road trip 0-3-0 and were outscored 15-7. They are 9-12-5 on the season.
Darren Helm scored two goals and Stephen Weiss had one goal and two assists for the Red Wings, who won for the fifth time in the past six games (5-1-0) and improved to 15-6-5 on the season.
“Huge just to get back at it, get back and get a big two points,” Weiss said. “We obviously weren’t happy with the way we played against Florida (4-3 loss Tuesday). You get into a little bit of a lull, but I thought we did a real good job tonight at getting back to where we want to be.”
Detroit opened the scoring 3:58 into the game. Helm circled out from behind the net and beat Rynnas with a shot from a sharp angle.
“That was my fault. I really overplayed. That was a tough one,” Rynnas said. “I thought the team really responded and scored right away.”
The Stars answered just 15 seconds later when Jordie Benn set up Sceviour, who tapped the puck into the open side of the net off the rush.
Detroit took the lead midway through the period, capitalizing on a Dallas defensive zone turnover. The result was a tic-tac-toe passing play that ended with Weiss putting the puck into the open side of the net at the 11:14 mark.
The Stars went on their first power play of the game late in the period, but towards the end of it Dallas forward Ryan Garbutt took a slashing penalty, which put the Red Wings hot power play on the job. Detroit took advantage. Pavel Datsyuk grabbed the puck in the slot and backhanded it past Rynnas at 18:52 of the period.
Ruff was not happy with Garbutt, who didn’t see the ice in the second period.
“It was a tough penalty. I don’t think I played him at all in the second period,” Ruff said. “We talked about the discipline. That discipline hurt us in the game. I told him I don’t want anymore. To that point, I thought we were controlling a good part of the game.”
The Stars appeared to cut the lead to 3-2 when Trevor Daley scored at 7:08 of the second, but video review showed that he batted the puck in with his arm. The goal was waved off.
The Stars did cut into the lead with a power play goal at the 14:26 mark. Seguin scored off a blast from the point that deflected in off a Red Wing in front of the net and past Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard. It was just the second time in the past eleven games that the Stars have scored on the power play.
Rynnas was sharp in the second, stopping ten shots including a point blank bid by Johan Franzen and shorthanded breakaway by Helm.
But Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey scored off a shot from the point at 7:39 of the third period to make it a 4-2 game. Helm scored from close range a little less than six minutes later to make it a 5-2 final.
*The Stars have allowed five goals or more in six of their last nine games.
*The Stars (9-12-5) are three games below .500 (points percentage) for the first time since they were 10-13-4 on Dec. 10, 2008.
*Detroit outshot the Stars 29-24.
*John Klingberg led the Stars with four shots on goal.
*The Stars were 1-3 on the power play and 2-3 on the penalty kill.
*Colton Sceviour’s goal was his first of the season.
*The Stars won 29 of 66 faceoffs (44 percent).
*Jason Spezza won 11 of 21 faceoffs (52 percent). Vernon Fiddler won 6 of 16 (38 percent). Tyler Seguin won 4 of 13 (31 percent).
*Trevor Daley led the Stars with 22:24 of ice time.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Erik Cole
Cody Eakin – Jason Spezza – Colton Sceviour
Antoine Roussel – Vernon Fiddler – Ryan Garbutt
Travis Moen – Shawn Horcoff – Ales Hemsky
Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn – Jason Demers
Jyrki Jokipakka – John Klingberg
Scratched: Jamie Oleksiak, Curtis McKenzie
Injured: Patrick Eaves (ankle), Valeri Nichushkin (hip), Patrik Nemeth (arm)
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