Stars down Red Wings 4-1

The Dallas Stars gave Mike Modano and the Detroit Red Wings a rough welcome Thursday night. Brad Richards scored one goal and assisted on two others to lead the Stars a to 4-1 win over the Red Wings in the Stars’ home opener at the American Airlines Center.

Loui Eriksson, Brenden Morrow and James Neal also scored for the Stars, who got a 25-save performance from goaltender Kari Lehtonen.

The Stars improved to 3-0-0 on the season and put together their first three game winning streak since the 2008-09 season.

Modano played 15:14, had no points, no shots and won 6 of 11 faceoffs in his first game against his former team.

In the third period, The Red Wings finally broke through on Kari Lehtonen, scoring on their fifth power play chance of the game. Todd Bertuzzi sent a cross-ice pass to Niklas Kronwall, who pinched in from the point and scored the bottom of the left circle with 8:35 left to make it a 4-1 game.

Second period

The Dallas Stars scored three times in the second period to run their lead over the Detroit Red Wings to 4-0 at American Airlines Center.

The Stars extended their lead to 2-0 just 44 seconds into the second period. James Neal sent the puck behind the net to Brad Richards, whose centering pass was put into the net by Loui Eriksson.

The Stars extended the lead to 3-0 at the 7:03 mark when the Mike Ribeiro got the puck in the neutral zone, set up Brenden Morrow on the rush and Morrow’s return pass bounced off a Detroit defender and past Wings goalie Chris Osgood.

The Stars penalty kill came up with two more stops in the second period to improve to 4-4 in the game and keep Detroit off the game. Kari Lehtonen had a nice save on the second one, turning away a redirection by Henrik Zetterberg.

The Stars made it a 4-0 game with 3:34 left in the period when Richards chipped the puck into the slot from the corner, Neal fought off Brad Stuart for the puck and then scored off a backhand shot.

Some notes after two periods of play:

  • The Stars outshot Detroit 8-7 in the second period. Detroit has a 14-11 shots advantage for the game.

  • The Stars are 1-3 on the power play in the game and 4-4 on the penalty kill.

  • Brad Richards has 1 goal, 2 assists and a plus-2 rating through two periods.

  • James Neal has 1 goal, 1 assist and a plus-2 rating through two periods.

  • Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom both are minus-3 for the Red Wings.

  • Through two periods, Mike Modano has played 10:03, has no shots on goal and has 4 of 7 faceoffs.

  • The Red Wings announced that Johan Franzen was out for the rest of the game with an undisclosed injury. Franzen left the ice in the first period after a collision with Stars defenseman Mark Fistric.

First Period

The Dallas Stars lead the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 after one period at the American Airlines Center.

The Stars struck just 41 seconds into the game, cashing in on their first power play of the game. A Brad Richards shot from the left point made its way through traffic and past Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood.

Former Star Mike Modano received a standing ovation from the crowd at the AAC with 13:12 left in the period. Modano was shown on the scoreboard standing at Red Wings bench (along with a graphic that said “Thank You Mike) during a TV timeout, which brought applause and then the standing ovation. Modano responded with a wave to the crowd.

The Stars killed off two Detroit power plays late in the first period to preserve the 1-0 lead.

A few notes from the first period.

  • The Red Wings outshot the Stars 7-3.

  • Dallas was 1-2 on the power play and 2-2 on the penalty kill.

  • The Stars won 10 of 19 faceoffs (53 percent)

  • Modano played 4:35 in the first period, had no shots and won 2 of 4 faceoffs.