NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Dallas|
(Thursday, October 14th)
Final Score: Dallas 4, Detroit 1
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Brad Richards netted a goal and two assists
while Kari Lehtonen made 25 saves, as the Dallas Stars defeated former
franchise superstar Mike Modano and the Detroit Red Wings, 4-1, at American
This was the home opener for Dallas, for which Modano played his entire 20-
year career and holds every one of the club's major offensive records. Modano,
who will be in the Hall of Fame when he retires and is considered one of the
best American-born players to ever skate in the NHL, was the face of the
Minnesota/Dallas franchise for two decades and a driving force behind hockey's
enormous growth in the Sun Belt region of the United States.
Fans gave a standing ovation to Modano, who signed as a free agent over the
summer with the Red Wings, about five minutes into the game during a stoppage
"It was really nice," Modano said. "It's great to be back, great to see a lot
of familiar faces and people. Now we can move on and get into the season. I'm
glad it was early to get it over with."
Loui Eriksson, Brenden Morrow and James Neal also scored for the Stars, who
improved to 3-0 on the young season.
Niklas Kronwall scored the only goal for the Red Wings, who failed to earn at
least one point for the first time in four games this season (2-1-1). Detroit
will travel to Phoenix to play the Coyotes on Saturday before the club returns
home for a four-game homestand to close the season's opening month.
Chris Osgood allowed four goals on 15 shots in the losing effort.
It took only 41 seconds for the Stars to officially welcome Modano and the Red
Wings into town. Richards' second goal of the season came on the power play
after Brad Stuart was whistled for boarding 28 seconds into the game. Moments
into the power play, Matt Niskanen held control along the right side and
passed along the blue line to Richards, whose shot from near the centerpoint
made its way through traffic and into the net.
"We're gaining some momentum and I like the way we're playing," Richards said.
"We found a way to not give them much as the game went on."
The start of the second period was nearly a mirror image of the first, as this
time Dallas scored 44 seconds into the stanza. Richards held control behind
the net and fed a quick pass to Eriksson, who lit the lamp with a one-timer
snap shot from the bottom of the inner right circle.
At the 7:03 mark of the second, the Stars made it 3-0. Morrow attempted a pass
from the left circle to the far post, but the puck deflected off the skate of
Detroit's Stuart and slid into the net. It was Morrow's fourth goal.
The onslaught continued later in the middle session when Neal scored his first
goal of 2010-11. During a strong shift in their offensive zone, the Stars
peppered Osgood with several unsuccessful attempts. However, the Wings were
unable to clear the zone and the puck kicked loose in the low slot, where Neal
gained control and beat Osgood with a backhander at 16:26.
Mike Ribeiro posted two assists for Dallas...The Stars will host the St. Louis
Blues on Saturday...Lehtonen made 11 saves in the third period...The Stars
were 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Red Wings ended 1-for-5 with the
extra skater...The Stars are 9-0-3 in their last 12 home opening
games...Dallas has won the last three games against Detroit and beat the Red
Wings for the sixth consecutive time at American Airlines Center.
10/15 00:46:59 ET