DALLAS (AP) – Defenseman Niklas Lidstrom scored his first two goals of the season to help the Detroit Red Wings hand the Dallas Stars their first home loss of the season, 4-3 on Friday night.

Jiri Hudler and Pavel Datsyuk added goals, and Dominik Hasek stopped 17 shots for the Red Wings (5-4-1). Mike Modano had two power-play goals for Dallas (8-2-0).

Despite the loss, Dallas still matched the 1996-97 team for the best start in franchise history.

Marty Turco made 29 saves and Jussi Jokinen had a power-play goal for the Stars, who had won their first three at home.

Hudler’s rebound 1:55 after the opening faceoff put Detroit in front.

Modano tied it at 1 only 18 seconds into a Dallas power play with a brilliant solo rush, weaving around two defenders and firing a wrist shot past Hasek at 2:42.

Lidstrom, Detroit’s captain, gave the Red Wings a 2-1 edge with 2:13 left in the opening period, beating Turco from the left point while teammate Tomas Holmstrom screened the goalie.

Jokinen tied it at 2 on a power play 27 seconds into the second period when he deflected Darryl Sydor’s shot past Hasek.

Detroit grabbed a 3-2 lead at 2:09 of the second period on Datsyuk’s rebound as the Red Wings took advantage of Sydor’s turnover.

The Red Wings capitalized on a two-man advantage at 8:22 of the second period with Lidstrom’s second goal of the night to make it 4-2.

Dallas held a two-man advantage when Modano’s goal off a rebound narrowed the deficit to 4-3 at 12:13 of the second period.

Notes: Modano has a four-game goal streak, two short of his career high, and has scored seven goals overall. … Detroit is 10-5-6 against Dallas in the past six regular seasons.

AP-ES-10-27-06 2309EDT


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