Wings score three goals in third to edge Stars

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings are simply unbeatable these


Tomas Holmstrom's power-play goal with 44.3 seconds remaining

capped Detroit's three-goal third period, rallying the Red Wings to

a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night.

Johan Franzen and Andreas Lilja also scored and Henrik

Zetterberg added two assists for Detroit, which trailed 2-0 before

stretching its winning streak to eight games. The Red Wings also

made it 20 consecutive games (17-0-3) with at least a point, since

their last regulation loss on March 7.

"The first two periods weren't pretty," Holmstrom said. "But

we hung in there and battled back against a good team."

Manny Legace stopped 28 shots in the win.

Jason Arnott had a goal and an assist and Jere Lehtinen also

scored for Dallas.

"It's a couple of individual mistakes that cost us the game,"

Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "That's the bottom line."

Holmstrom tipped in a shot by Zetterberg for his 29th goal.

The win gave the Red Wings 124 points (58-15-8), the fifth best

total in NHL history.

"Among the top five teams all time, that's special," Detroit

coach Mike Babcock said.

With Detroit trailing 2-0, Franzen put the Red Wings on the

scoreboard when Kronwall's shot from the point deflected off him

with 6:59 left in the third period. It was Franzen's 12th goal.

Lilja tied the game with 4:47 left in regulation with his second

goal when he converted a pass from Zetterberg from the inside edge

of the left circle.

"Our first two periods weren't really good," said Kronwall.

"And Dallas sat back in the third period and we came on."

Arnott opened the scoring with 5:50 left in the first period

with his 32nd goal. He dove and knocked the puck past Legace from

the side of the net.

"The first two periods were better and then we kind of backed

off a little bit," Arnott said. "We relaxed a little too much and

it costs us."

Stu Barnes nearly scored for Dallas with 30 seconds remaining in

the opening period, but it was ruled that the whistle had blown

before he stuffed Brenden Morrow's rebound past Legace.

Lehtinen added his goal, his 33rd, on the power play 3:22 into

the third period when he tipped in a pass from Arnott.Game notes
NHL Senior Vice President Jim Gregory presented the

Presidents' Trophy to Detroit alternate captains Nicklas Lidstrom

and Brendan Shanahan in a ceremony before the game. It goes to the

team with the NHL's best record. ... The Stars have 53 points

(25-12-3) on the road this season, the most in team history. ...

Red Wings' C Pavel Datsyuk (lower body), F Steve Yzerman (lower

body) and D Mathieu Schneider (groin) didn't play. ... Detroit sent

Don MacLean to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League and

recalled Valtteri Filppula from the same team.