Stars 3, Red Wings 2
DALLAS (AP) _ Brett Hull scored two goals, including the tie-breaker with 6:00 left, to lift the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night in a matchup of Western Conference powers.
With the game tied at 2, Hull took a pass from Mike Modano and fired a slap shot from the middle of the left circle that beat Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood and kept the Stars unbeaten at home (6-0-1).
Hull, signed to a three-year $17.5 million free agent contract in July, scored his second and third goals in his biggest game for the Stars.
Jere Lehtinen added a goal and an assist, and Modano had two assists for the Stars, who rallied from a two-goal first-period deficit.
The game marked the first meeting between last season’s Western Conference finalists, a series won by Detroit in six games en route to its second straight Stanley Cup.
Detroit just missed out on sending the game into overtime in the waning seconds when Nicklas Lidstrom’s 30-foot shot hit the left post.
The Stars started the game the way they ended Friday night’s 3-3 tie with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks when Dallas blew a two-goal lead in the last minute of regulation.
Detroit took a 1-0 lead on Kirk Maltby’s wrist shot from the slot at 1:12, Maltby’s second goal of the season.
Steve Yzerman’s power-play goal from in front off a crossing pass from Larry Murphy at 8:34 of the first period extended Detroit’s lead to 2-0.
Dallas used a late burst at the end of the first period to get back in the game on Hull’s first goal of the night. Hull deflected Lehtinen’s 25-foot shot at 18:32 to narrow Detroit’s lead to 2-1.
The Stars tied it at 2 on Lehtinen’s shorthanded goal 22 seconds into the second period. Lehtinen worked a two-on-one with Modano and fired Modano’s pass into the open net for his fourth goal of the season.