Washington at Buffalo (7:30 p.m. EDT). The Capitals will try to take a 3-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals.



_ Nicklas Lidstrom, Red Wings, had two goals and an assist to lead Detroit past Dallas 5-3.


The Detroit Red Wings built a four-goal lead and held on for a 5-3 win over the Dallas Stars on Friday night to take a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference finals. The Red Wings led 4-0 midway through the third period before the Stars scored three straight goals. Jere Lehtinen scored Dallas' first two goals and assisted on the third.


The Dallas Stars lost 5-3 to the Detroit Red Wings in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Friday night, dropping the Stars to 1-15-2 at Joe Louis Arena since the Dallas franchise moved from Minneapolis.


The Dallas Stars went 0-for-7 on the power play in their 5-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night, dropping them to 0-for-17 overall in the Western Conference final series. The Stars had the man advantage for most of the final two minutes and pulled goalie Ed Belfour with 30 seconds remaining, but couldn't score.


``We can talk all we want about how we almost pulled it out, but we won't fool anyone. Detroit got up 4-0, and slacked off, so we got back into the game. That's all it was, and that's just human nature.'' _ Dallas Stars center Brian Skrudland on the Stars' 5-3 loss to Detroit on Friday night.