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STARS STOP WINGS COLD.....Dallas 3, RED WINGS 1, W 11/18/09
Posted on: 11-18-2009

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>>caption:  MAY (#24) AND BARCH
(#13) DUKE IT OUT<<


    The Stars played a near perfect
road game against the sluggish Red
Wings and Dallas scored a 3-1 win
Wednesday night.
    The contest marked the first time in seven outings where the Stars scored
more than two goals.
    Stars goaltender Marty Turco was 5-1-1 in his last seven starts, but has an
abysmal lifetime record at Joe Louis Arena. Dallas coach Marc Crawford knew
that and gave the nod to back-up Alex Auld, because Crawford recalled how Auld
posted a big game win in Detroit several years ago when Crawford coached Auld
with Vancouver.
    The hunch paid off and Dallas handed Detroit its first home ice regulation loss
this season (7-1-1).
    Mike Ribeiro scored (#6) a power play goal to give Dallas a 1-0 lead at 9:26/1.
Ribeiro was actually attempting a cross pass when sprawling Detroit defender
Jonathan Ericsson swiped his stick backward and deflected the puck past Red
Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard.
    The Stars made it 2-0 on a blueline slapshot by Matt Niskanen (#1) at 3:52/2
when the Wings were running around in their own end.
    A subtle nudge pass just inside the Dallas blueline by Ville Leino sent Henrik
Zetterberg (#9) on a right wing rush that got Detroit on the board. Zetterberg used
his body to protect the puck as he carried it with one hand, then cut inside to flick
the disc over Auld at 6:16/2.
    The Wings were robbed of the tying goal 6:24 into the 3rd-Per when Brad May's
backwards scoop was clearly over the goal line, pinned against the inside iron by
Auld's left skate. The ruling by referees Stephane Auger and Dennis LaRue was
no-goal because the whistle had blown, but replays proved the whistle did not sound
until a full two and a half seconds after the puck had entered the net.
    With no momentum swing Detroit continued its offensive funk and were really
never a serious threat to score again, even though the Wings outshot the Stars
13-7 in the 3rd-Per.
    Dallas got a clincher on their second power play goal of the night. Left with room
to roam, the Stars passed around the Wings defenders to find Loui Eriksson (#9)
for a tip in at the left side of the goal mouth at 12:43/3 for the 3-1 final.
    Each team had 32 shots on goal.
    The decision prevented Detroit from posting its first four game win streak of
the season.      


R-WINGS H-COACH MIKE BABCOCK:   "[May's shot] wasn’t blown dead. It was a goal.
The guy never meant to blow the whistle. It was a shot...It's just as dumb as I've
ever seen...[BUT] they were better than us...In the end, we weren't able to overcome
outselves...We weren't good enough...Tonight we needed [the power play] to score.
It didn't. Give their penalty killers credit."

R-WINGS L-WING BRAD MAY:   "After I shot it, I didn’t see it go in. But [Auld] was
trying to pick his foot up and it was in the net. I just saw a highlight of it and I have
no idea why it wasn’t a goal...I recognize the referees are in a tough spot, [but] they
have video replay for a reason, to make the right call in those circumstances, so it
makes no sense to me...I think it's a joke. It's 2-2 game, it's a different outcome for
us, and frankly, I'm not happy."

R-WINGS GOALIE JIMMY HOWARD:   "This type of game I needed to come up with
another save for the guys."

STARS GOALIE ALEX AULD:   "We played our best game, from start to finish...They’ve
got enough cameras in the building. If they say it’s not a goal, it’s not a goal. I think
the biggest thing was the intent of the official to blow the whistle."

STARS H-COACH MARC CRAWFORD:   "We were good where we had to be on the power
play and killing penalties."


    Zetterberg has 72 goals at home and 44 on the road over the last three seasons.
    Zetterberg tied Tomas Holmstrom for the team lead with nine goals on the season
by scoring his fifth goal in three games.
    Howard got a career-high fourth straight start in net for flu-weakened Chris Osgood.
Ozzie did practice Wednesday and is expected to start the finale of the four game
homestand Friday night vs Florida.
    James Neal had eight goals in his last eight games entering Wednesday night's
contest. Neal didn't score against Detroit, but did have a pair of assists.
    Detroit's May and Krystofer Barch of Dallas had a friendly chat along the boards
during the pre-game warm-ups. Then, at 7:21/2 (just 1:05 after Zetterberg scored) the
two squared-off in their fifth fight over the last three seasons and May's fifth bout as a
Red Wing. May scored a knockdown and punched Barch's helmet off too before Barch got
a wrestling takedown to end it. Both men got in some good shots, both put ice bags on
their sore fists and both smiled and exchanged comments during their time in the sin
bin. Barch was just a bit loopy and first skated to the door Detroit penalty box before
taking his proper place on the visitors side.


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