Defensemen John Klingberg and Stephen Johns scored goals 49 seconds apart in the second period and the Dallas Stars topped the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on Thursday night.
The Red Wings took a 2-1 lead on first-period goals by Gustav Nyquist and Henrik Zetterberg, but Dallas goalie Antti Niemi held Detroit scoreless over the last 44:18. He finished with 31 saves.
Brett Ritchie tied it at 2 on a tip-in goal at 3:31 of the second period.
Klingberg put in a rebound at 15:53, and Johns sent a wrist shot from the right-wing boards past Petr Mrazek at 16:42.
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Dallas’ Lauri Korpikoski scored the game’s first goal. Patrick Eaves added an empty-netter.
The Red Wings completed a seven-game trip with a 2-3-2 record, and remained last in the Atlantic Division.
Detroit had won the previous seven games at Dallas dating to Oct. 14, 2010.
Korpikoski scored at 3:39 of the first when he tipped in defenseman Jordie Benn’s drive from the blue line.
Detroit took a 2-1 lead on goals 1:33 apart late in the first period.
With a 5-on-3 advantage, Nyquist took a cross-ice pass from Thomas Vanek for an easy wrist shot from just to the right of the net with Niemi pulled in the other direction.
The power-play goal was only the Red Wings’ third on the road this season. The other two were against the Rangers on Oct. 19. Detroit has the NHL’s worst power-play success rate at 11 percent. The Stars’ penalty killers entered the game 29th in the league (74 percent).
Zetterberg took a pass in front from Nyquist behind the net to score on a snap shot at 15:42.
Dallas, outshot 11-4 in the first period, had 12 shots on goal to the Red Wings’ six in the second.
Ritchie tied it at 2 at 3:31 of the second period, tipping in Radek Faksa’s shot from above the left circle.
Johns sent a shot from the right-wing boards in off the stick of defenseman Jonathan Ericsson.
▪ Stars LW Jamie Benn returned after missing four games because of a foot injury.
▪ In 43 games against Dallas, Zetterberg has 47 points (12 goals, 35 assists).
▪ Korpikoski has four points (two goals, two assists) in the last two games.
▪ Niemi is 14-3-3 against Detroit in his career.
▪ Vanek has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his last nine games.
▪ Mrazek had 16 saves.
Red Wings: Return home to play against Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Stars: Complete a two-game homestand on Saturday against Minnesota.
First Period—1, Dallas, Korpikoski 6 (Benn, Sharp), 3:39. 2, Detroit, Nyquist 5 (Zetterberg, Vanek), 14:09 (pp). 3, Detroit, Zetterberg 8 (Mantha, Nyquist), 15:42. Penalties—Eakin, DAL, (hooking), 6:55; Ritchie, DAL, (high sticking), 10:51; Dallas bench, served by Seguin (too many men on the ice), 13:03; Faksa, DAL, (high sticking), 13:10.
Second Period—4, Dallas, Ritchie 9 (Faksa), 3:31. 5, Dallas, Klingberg 6 (Shore), 15:53. 6, Dallas, Johns 4 (Oduya, Spezza), 16:42. Penalties—Mantha, DET, (boarding), 0:47.
Third Period—7, Dallas, Eaves 15, 18:54. Penalties—Spezza, DAL, (tripping), 14:22.
Shots on Goal—Detroit 11-6-16—33. Dallas 4-12-5—21. Power-play opportunities—Detroit 1 of 5; Dallas 0 of 1. Goalies—Detroit, Mrazek 9-11-4 (20 shots-16 saves). Dallas, Niemi 9-7-4 (33-31). A—18,532 (18,532). T—2:28.