Red Wings 4, Stars 2
DALLAS (AP) _ Steve Yzerman scored two goals, the second a short-handed tally early in the third period, as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Dallas Stars 4-2 on Wednesday night.
With the Stars trying to tie the game on a third-period power play, Yzerman picked up a loose puck on a turnover by Dallas defenseman Darryl Sydor, skated in alone and beat goalie Manny Fernandez with his sixth goal of the season at 4:18 to make it 3-1.
Yzerman notched his first goal of the night in the first period to give the Red Wings a 2-0 advantage.
Igor Larionov extended Detroit’s lead to 4-1 at 12:52 with a goal off a faceoff, but Dallas’ Joe Nieuwendyk scored his second of the season for Dallas 18 seconds later.
The Red Wings had newly-signed right wing Pat Verbeek in the lineup. Verbeek, who lives in Dallas and was working out with a minor league team in Fort Worth, signed to a two-year contract earlier Wednesday after helping the Stars win the Stanley Cup last season.
Dallas declined to re-sign Verbeek after he became an unrestricted free agent over the summer.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Stars fell to 8-8-1. Dallas did not lose its eighth game last season until Jan. 18.
Defenseman Mathieu Dandenault got his first goal of the season 1:49 after the opening faceoff to give Detroit a 1-0 lead.
Yzerman converted a two-on-one with Kris Draper to make it 2-0 at 14:18 of the first period.
The Stars got the only goal of the second period from defenseman Brad Lukowich, who notched his first of the season at 15:14 by converting Nieuwendyk’s centering pass.
Fernandez replaced starter Ed Belfour at the start of the third period after Belfour was forced to leave with a sore groin.