Red Wings down Stars 4-1

NHL.com | Sunday, 02.03.2013 / 10:49 AM

The combination of Pavel Datsyuk to Valtteri Filppula was too much for the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.

Datsyuk set up two goals by Filppula with a pair of slick passes as the Detroit Red Wings avenged a loss to Dallas a week earlier with a solid 4-1 victory at Joe Louis Arena.

"Whenever he has the puck, you can always expect it's going to come your way," said Filppula, who hadn't scored before Tuesday. "I've obviously played with him for a while now, but still, every once in a while you get surprised."

The Wings, annually among NHL leaders in fewest fighting majors, took two in the first period, both by Jordin Tootoo. He fought Eric Nystrom three seconds into the game and tangled with Brenden Dillon later in the period.

"I just expected him to get out and forecheck, but he took it upon himself to have a couple bouts," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "We don't mind that either, but we'd just as soon he forecheck. He's a guy that gives us a different dimension than we've had, and he's physical out there, and guys know he's out there."

The Stars grabbed the lead midway through the second period when Loui Eriksson knocked a rebound past Jimmy Howard. But the Datsyuk-to-Filppula combination tied the game at 13:24.

Henrik Zetterberg put the Wings ahead to stay when he scored a 5-on-3 power-play goal with 24 seconds left in the period.

"Against a team like this, that's this hungry on the power play right now, you just can't take [penalties]," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said.

Rookie Damien Brunner made it a 3-1 game by beating Kari Lehtonen at 6:15 of the third period, and Filppula scored again off a feed from Datsyuk 23 seconds later.

"Today was a good game. Hopefully, we can build on it," Filppula said.

Howard finished with 25 saves. Lehtonen, the star of Dallas' 2-1 win in Detroit last Tuesday, surrendered four goals on 25 shots before being lifted for Richard Backman late in the final period.

It was the first time in Dallas' seven games this season that the margin of victory was more than one goal. They kept it close through two periods but appeared to run out of gas in the third.

"Saw some good things here coming off back-to-back, like the shot clock," Gulutzan said. "See some good things coming."

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
10:22DAL Loui Eriksson (3) ASST: Cody Eakin (4), Jaromir Jagr (3) 1 - 0 DAL
13:14DET Valtteri Filppula (1) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (5) 1 - 1 Tie
19:36DET PPG - Henrik Zetterberg (2) ASST: Patrick Eaves (1), Niklas Kronwall (5) 2 - 1 DET
3rd Period
06:15DET Damien Brunner (3) ASST: Johan Franzen (3), Henrik Zetterberg (5) 3 - 1 DET
06:38DET Valtteri Filppula (2) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (6), Todd Bertuzzi (1) 4 - 1 DET
Three Stars of the Game
Valtteri Filppula
Valtteri Filppula
G: 2Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 14:59
Pavel Datsyuk
Pavel Datsyuk
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:04
Henrik Zetterberg
Henrik Zetterberg
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 21:21
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:03DAL Eric Nystrom  Fighting (maj) against  Jordin Tootoo
00:03DET Jordin Tootoo  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Nystrom
00:54DAL Cody Eakin  Tripping against  Damien Brunner
06:14DET Drew Miller  Interference against  Cody Eakin
10:57DET Niklas Kronwall  Holding against  Jamie Benn
16:11DAL Brenden Dillon  Fighting (maj) against  Jordin Tootoo
16:11DET Jordin Tootoo  Fighting (maj) against  Brenden Dillon
16:55DET Jakub Kindl  Tripping against  Brenden Morrow
18:16DET Niklas Kronwall  Interference against  Michael Ryder
2nd Period
02:42DAL Tom Wandell  Hooking against  Kyle Quincey
16:19DAL Jamie Benn  Hi stick - double minor against  Todd Bertuzzi
17:00DET Henrik Zetterberg  Tripping against  Trevor Daley
17:42DAL Ray Whitney  Hi-sticking against  Brendan Smith
3rd Period
07:40DET Niklas Kronwall  Interference against  Brenden Morrow
13:38DAL Philip Larsen  Interference against  Damien Brunner
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/51/6
Faceoff Wins2436
Blocked Shots1213
Penalty Minutes2222
3S. RobidasD0003020:43
4B. DillonD0001519:11
6T. DaleyD00-11020:14
10B. MorrowL0000010:12
13R. WhitneyL00-10217:59
14J. BennL00-11419:20
18R. SmithR000008:09
20C. EakinC0102213:20
21L. ErikssonR1006024:11
23T. WandellC000028:19
24E. NystromL00-11511:18
33A. GoligoskiD00-12019:01
36P. LarsenD00-12220:27
38V. FiddlerC00-10012:31
40R. GarbuttC00-11010:14
58J. BennD00-12019:13
68J. JagrR0103016:52
73M. RyderR00-11017:07
31R. Bachman221.0004:30
32K. Lehtonen2125.84055:15
2B. SmithD0010016:58
3K. HuskinsD0011013:32
4J. KindlD0011212:57
8J. AbdelkaderL0001013:06
11D. ClearyR0001018:13
13P. DatsyukC0212018:04
17P. EavesR010108:34
20D. MillerL0002212:15
22J. TootooR0001107:58
24D. BrunnerR1013018:08
25C. EmmertonC0000010:08
27K. QuinceyD0021019:09
40H. ZetterbergL1112221:21
44T. BertuzziR0110012:29
51V. FilppulaC2016014:59
52J. EricssonD0001024:34
55N. KronwallD01-11626:21
93J. FranzenR0113019:24
35J. Howard2526.96259:50