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Stars 3, Red Wings 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Stars 3, Red Wings 1
Dallas Stars 3, Detroit Red Wings 1

DETROIT -- The Dallas Stars weren't spectacular, just effective.

Alex Auld made 31 saves, and Mike Ribeiro, Matt Niskanen and Loui Eriksson scored in Dallas' 3-1 victory over the Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Brad Richards and James Neal each had two assists for the Stars.

"We played our best game, from start to finish," Auld said.

The Stars scored two power-play goals and killed off all four Red Wings power plays.

"We were good where we had to be on the power play and killing penalties," Dallas coach Marc Crawford said.

Henrik Zetterberg scored for Detroit, and Jimmy Howard stopped 29 shots. The loss snapped the Red Wings' winning streak at three.

Niskanen gave the Stars a 2-0 lead 3:52 into the second period with his first goal of the season. He beat Howard with a one-timer from the point.

Zetterberg put Detroit on the board 6:16 into the middle period with his ninth goal. He cut into the slot from the right wing and beat Auld high on the sick side.

Eriksson's power-play goal with 7:17 left gave the Stars a 3-1 lead. He tipped in a cross-crease pass.

That came less than a minute after it appeared the Red Wings had tied it at 2.

An apparent goal by Brad May, 6:24 into the third period, was waved off because it was ruled the whistle had blown. Replays showed May's backhander from the bottom of the right circle squeezed between Auld's skate and the short-side goal post. There wasn't an immediate reaction, but the Red Wings' celebrated a few seconds later.

The play was reviewed but the ruling by referees Stephane Auger and Dennis LaRue was no goal because the whistle had blown.

"It wasn't blown dead. It was a goal," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "The guy never meant to blow the whistle. It was a shot."

Auld, obviously, didn't agree.

"They've got enough cameras in the building. If they say it's not a goal, it's not a goal," he said. "I think the biggest thing was the intent of the official to blow the whistle."

May talked about what he saw.

"After I shot it, I didn't see it go in," he said. "But he (Auld) was trying to pick his foot up and it was in the net. I just saw a highlight of it and have no idea why it wasn't a goal."

Ribeiro opened the scoring on a power play 9:26 into the game. His attempted pass was accidentally swatted into the net by Detroit defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, who sprawled along the ice to thwart a pass. It was Ribeiro's sixth goal.

GAME NOTES: Detroit G Chris Osgood missed his third game because of the flu. ... Dallas LW Fabian Brunnstrom missed his third game due to a shoulder injury. ... Stars' C Brian Sutherby missed his second game with a groin injury. ... May and the Stars' Krystofer Barch fought in the second period after having a good-natured conversation during pregame warmups.

scoring summary
1st Period
09:26
DAL
PPG - Mike Ribeiro (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Brad Richards (15), Stephane Robidas (7)
1 - 0 DAL
2nd Period
03:52
DAL
Matt Niskanen (1) Slapshot - ASST: Brad Richards (16), James Neal (10)
2 - 0 DAL
06:16
DET
Henrik Zetterberg (9) Snap shot - ASST: Ville Leino (2), Brett Lebda (2)
2 - 1 DAL
3rd Period
12:43
DAL
PPG - Loui Eriksson (9) Tip-in - ASST: James Neal (11), Mike Modano (2)
3 - 1 DAL
penalty summary
1st Period
08:44
DET
Brian Rafalski  Hooking against  Mike Modano
09:38
DET
Brad May  Slashing against  Alex Auld
13:42
DAL
Trevor Daley  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jimmy Howard
2nd Period
00:55
DAL
Mike Ribeiro  Cross checking against  Henrik Zetterberg
07:21
DAL
Krys Barch  Fighting (maj) against  Brad May
07:21
DET
Brad May  Fighting (maj) against  Krys Barch
08:53
DAL
Alex Auld  Delaying the game
11:15
DAL
James Neal  Boarding against  Justin Abdelkader
13:40
DET
Tomas Holmstrom  Hooking against  Mike Modano
19:49
DAL
Brenden Morrow  Roughing against  Brad Stuart
19:49
DET
Brad Stuart  Roughing against  Brenden Morrow
3rd Period
02:22
DET
Kris Draper  Hi-sticking against  Brenden Morrow
11:50
DET
Jonathan Ericsson  Holding against  Mike Ribeiro
goalie stats
Alex Auld
Alex Auld
3-2-2
SA: 32TOI: 59:51
Saves: 31EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 2PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .969SH: 2 - 2
Jimmy Howard
SA: 32TOI: 58:45
Saves: 29EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .906SH: 3 - 3

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