Stars 6, Red Wings 3
DALLAS (AP) _ The Detroit Red Wings are still the team to beat in the Central Division. The Dallas Stars might be the team to do it.
``If we’re going to go anywhere, we’ve got to beat Detroit,″ said Dave Reid, who had three goals and an assist Wednesday night in Dallas’ 6-3 victory over Detroit. ``I’m sure we’ll see them again in the playoffs. This game is big for our confidence.″
Bob Bassen, Joe Nieuwendyk and Todd Harvey also scored for the Stars, who are 3-1-0 against the Red Wings this season. Detroit was 10-0-1 against Dallas over the previous two seasons.
The scoring outburst was a rare one for Reid, who signed as a free agent during the offseason to serve as a checker and penalty-killing specialist.
``I’m still a checker,″ Reid said after the first-place Stars increased their lead over the Red Wings to four points. ``It was just one of those nights when I got the bounces. I was just lucky.″
The Stars also got a lift from rookie goalie Roman Turek, who stopped 26 shots before he was forced to leave because of a bruised right thigh.
Detroit’s Brendan Shanahan crashed into the goalie with the 5:51 to play while scoring his 21st goal.
After veteran Andy Moog replaced Turek, the Stars put the game away when Reid scored twice over a 1:46 span, giving him 10 goals on the season.
Turek, making his Reunion Arena debut, beat the Red Wings for the second time in six days. The star of the Czech Republic team in the World Cup was a 2-1 winner Friday night in Detroit.
``I’m fine,″ Turek said. ``I was a little nervous because it was my first home game. It was a nice win for us.″
Reid’s goal from just inside the blue line with 2:23 to play in the second period snapped a 2-2 tie. Reid also assisted on Harvey’s second goal of the season with 13:02 left in the game, stretching the Stars lead to 4-2.
Doug Brown and Slava Kozlov also scored for the Red Wings, 0-3-1 in their last four games. Detroit (20-14-7) has already lost more games than last season, and has allowed 18 goals over the four-game stretch.
``I have no idea what’s wrong,″ Detroit coach Scotty Bowman said. ``Maybe our defense is catching up with us. Tonight we got a few breaks, Shanahan gets a goal, but we’ve got to take advantage of it.″
Detroit goalie Chris Osgood lost for the first time ever to the Stars. He began the night 10-0-1 against Dallas.
``We’re just going through a bad streak right now,″ Osgood said. ``We’ve got to get better. We’re just not playing well right now.″