Getting people and pucks to the net paid off for the Dallas Stars Thursday night. The Stars scored twice on tip-ins, once on a rebound and another on a deflection off traffic as they got some offense going in a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings at American Airlines Center.
The Stars, who were coming off a 2-0 loss in Anaheim, got goals from five different players and scored the five goals on just 21 shots.
"I thought in the Anaheim game we didn't get tight enough to their goaltender, but I thought tonight we did a lot better job," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "Control played low, got it to the defense, the defense had time to find seams, and we got some bodies up front that tipped a few pucks. We threw one there that went off them, and it was good to see a couple of breaks."
Lauri Korpikoski, Brett Ritchie, John Klingberg, Stephen Johns, and Patrick Eaves scored goals for the Stars, who had eleven different players register points in the game.
"We won in Los Angeles last week (6-4), and I think a lot of those goals were a credit to getting people to the net and pucks to the net," said Ritchie, "but we got away from it in Anaheim, so that was an emphasis tonight. We wanted to make it hard on the goalie, and it worked for us tonight."
The Stars (18-17-8) got a big game in goal from Antti Niemi, who stopped 31 shots, including all 16 he faced in the third period. Niemi improved to 8-3-2 at home this season.
"He played fabulous," said Ruff. "He made three or four highlight reel saves for us."