Wings edge Stars


DETROIT – Tomas Holmstrom’s power-play goal with 44.3 seconds remaining capped Detroit’s three-goal third period, rallying the Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars.

Niklas Kronwall and Andreas Lilja also scored and Henrik Zetterberg added two assists for Detroit, which trailed 2-0 before stretching its winning streak to eight games. The Red Wings also made it 20 consecutive games (17-0-3) with at least a point, since their last regulation loss on March 7.

Manny Legace stopped 28 shots.

Jason Arnott had a goal and an assist and Jere Lehtinen also scored for Dallas.

Holmstrom tipped in a pass from Zetterberg for his 29th goal.

With Detroit trailing 2-0, Kronwall put the Red Wings on the scoreboard with a shot from the point that deflected off a Dallas player with 6:59 left in the third period.

Lilja tied the game with 4:47 left in regulation with his second goal when he converted a pass from Zetterberg from the inside edge of the left circle.

Arnott opened the scoring with 5:50 left in the first period with his 32nd goal. He dove and knocked the puck past Legace from the side of the net.

Brenden Morrow nearly scored for Dallas with 30 seconds remaining in the opening period, but it was ruled that the whistle had blown before he stuffed his own rebound past Legace.

Lehtinen added his goal, his 33rd, on the power play 3:22 into the third period when he tipped in a pass from Arnott.

Notes: NHL Senior Vice President Jim Gregory presented the Presidents’ Trophy to Detroit alternate captains Nicklas Lidstrom and Brendan Shanahan in a ceremony before the game. It goes to the team with the NHL’s best record. … The Stars have 53 points (25-12-3) on the road this season, the most in team history. … Red Wings’ C Pavel Datsyuk (lower body), F Steve Yzerman (lower body) and D Mathieu Schneider (groin) didn’t play. … Detroit sent Don MacLean to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League and recalled Valtteri Filppula from the same team.

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