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NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Dallas

(Saturday, December 19th)

Final Score: Dallas 4, Detroit 3

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Karlis Skrastins recorded the first multi-goal game of his 11-year career, netting his first two tallies of the year to propel Dallas past Detroit, 4-3.

Skrastins, a defenseman, had scored just 27 goals in his 711 career games coming into Saturday, and James Neal had the other two goals for the Stars, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Both Skrastins and Neal each had an assist, and Loui Eriksson and Brad Richards had two helpers apiece in the win.

"This was one of those games where we played all 60 minutes," Skrastins said. "We showed team character. Tough game, but I think we played really hard...We didn't give up."

Marty Turco stopped 30-of-33 shots for Dallas, which has won four straight home games over Detroit.

Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi had a goal and two assists apiece for the Red Wings, who had won their previous four games. Tomas Holmstrom also scored, while Jimmy Howard had a lackluster performance, allowing four goals on just 21 shots in defeat.

"It's a funny game sometimes," Howard said. "I felt fine out there, just one goes off the shin pads, another I never picked it up until it was on Neal's stick. They got a couple lucky bounces out there."

The third period began with the game tied, 3-3, but Skrastins gave Dallas its third lead of the game, 4-3, with a wrist shot into the top right corner that beat Howard 1:16 into the frame.

Turco proved to be impenetrable in the third period, stopping all nine shots he faced. A tripping call on Richards with 26.4 seconds left gave Detroit one last hope, but they couldn't net the equalizer with a 6-on-4 advantage.

Holmstrom scored the only goal of the first period, picking up a loose rebound in front with 2:38 to play for a 1-0 Red Wings lead.

Skrastins tied the game for Dallas 1:40 into the second period on a one-timer from Mike Ribeiro. Neal then put the Stars in front for the first time at the 12:14 mark of the middle frame.

Detroit made it 2-2 with 4:21 left in the second on Datsyuk's redirection of a Bertuzzi shot. Neal came right back with his second of the game 66 seconds later to put Dallas ahead again.

Datsyuk sent a feed out into the slot from behind the net for Bertuzzi, who one-timed a shot past Turco with a minute left in the middle period for a 3-3 game heading to the third.

Game Notes

Detroit played its first game without star forward Henrik Zetterberg, who separated his left shoulder in the last game and will miss at least two weeks...Dallas is now 3-1-4 in December and leads the season series with Detroit, 2-1...The Stars have not lost four in a row since March 17-30 of last season, when they lost seven straight.

12/19 20:50:46 ET

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