DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit coach Mike Babcock was at a loss to
explain his team's collapse.
"I don't know what happened," said Babcock after the Red Wings
blew a 3-0 lead in a 6-3 loss to Dallas on Sunday night. "We lost
our composure and turned the puck over and just couldn't get
settled down again."
Lehtinen's power-play goal 6:17 into the third period gave
Dallas a 4-3 lead, when he backhanded in a loose puck from the
bottom of the left circle for his 22nd goal. Kapanen scored 41
seconds later and Tjarnqvist's goal came at 8:44.
"Our power play got us back into the game," Dallas coach Dave
Tippett said. "And we pushed in the third and got the ones we
Zetterberg credited the Stars' comeback to their goaltender
change of replacing Marty Turco with Johan Hedberg early in the
second period, when it was 3-0.
"They switched goalies and Hedberg came in and played really
good," Zetterberg said. "We had some good chances and he made the
Detroit scored twice in the first 92 seconds of the second
period to take a 3-0 lead, but Dallas rallied for three of its own.
Schneider scored 25 seconds into the period to make it 2-0,
putting in a wrist shot from the point. Williams' power-play goal
at 1:32 came when he made a wrist shot from the high slot.
"We didn't play our game in the first period," Tippett said.
"We got a lot of penalties that put us on our heels early. We went
into the dressing room and I thought we regrouped.
"But came out and promptly gave up two more. I think it was a
shock to the system."
Turco was pulled in favor of Hedberg after Williams' goal. It
was the second straight game that Dallas has won after Turco was
pulled after giving up three goals and Hedberg came in.
"I felt pretty good," Hedberg said. "Once you get in the
playing mode, it's easier. The guys really stepped up from the
moment I came in."
Turco is 0-5-5 against the Red Wings in his career.
Hagman got Dallas on the board at 2:21 with a wraparound effort.
Lehtinen's first goal of the game, which came on the power play,
made it 3-2 with 8:50 left in the middle period. He blasted a
one-timer through Osgood from the right circle.
Another power-play goal, this one by Boucher, tied the score
with 2:01 remaining.
Zetterberg's 5-on-3 power-play goal gave Detroit a 1-0 lead 3:13
into the game. He scored from below the right face-off circle.
Detroit F Johan Franzen missed his second straight game
with an upper body injury. ... It was the second straight game that
Turco has been pulled after signing a 4-year contract extension
worth $5.7 million per season on Wednesday. ... Datsyuk's assist on
Schneider's goal was the 200th point of his career.
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Arena: Joe Louis Arena Location: Detroit, Michigan
Referees: Marc Joannette, Chris Lee Linesmen: Ryan Galloway, Vaughan Rody
Attendance: 20,066 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Henrik Zetterberg (19)
(Power Play) Assists: Mathieu Schneider, Nicklas Lidstrom
Mathieu Schneider (12)
Assist: Pavel Datsyuk
Jason Williams (12)
(Power Play) Assists: Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg
Niklas Hagman (3)
Assist: Niko Kapanen
Jere Lehtinen (20)
(Power Play) Assists: Jussi Jokinen, Mike Modano
Philippe Boucher (8)
(Power Play) Assists: Sergei Zubov, Mike Modano
Jere Lehtinen (20)
(Power Play) Assists: Sergei Zubov, Jussi Jokinen
Niko Kapanen (4)
Assist: Brenden Morrow
Mathias Tjarnqvist (1)
Assists: Bill Guerin, Sergei Zubov