Three Biggest Moments in The Stars Win Over Red Wings

DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 21: Dallas Stars Defenceman Esa Lindell (23) celebrates his goal with Dallas Stars Center Roope Hintz (24) during regular season NHL hockey game between the Dallas Stars and the Detroit Red Wings on January 21, 2022 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan (Photo by Allan Dranberg/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Dallas Stars beat the Detriot Red Wings 5-4 in overtime on Friday night. The Stars have been aching for a winning streak as they stay in the playoff hunt. The Stars may have finally turned the corner into a playoff contender by beating the Sabers and the Red Wings in back-to-back nights. The three biggest moments from last night are all crucial goals that kept the Stars in the game.

The Stars have become reliant on their offense over the last few weeks, a significant change from their run to the Stanley Cup Final two seasons ago. Over these past two games, the offense stepped up, which is good for a sustainable win streak. Here are the biggest moments from the Stars’ win over the Red Wings.

Esa Lindell Ties The Game

The Stars started the scoring after Ryan Suter beat goalie Alex Nedeljkovic with a shot from a weird angle. Less than a minute later, the Red Wings responded with their own goal from Robby Fabri off of a sick assist from Tyler Bertuzzi. The Stars retook the lead in the second period thanks to a Joel Kiviranta goal six minutes in. Detriot would score twice over the next five minutes, causing the Stars to lose their momentum.

The Stars came close to scoring on a few flukey attempts throughout the second period. Roope Hintz nearly netted a goal after a scramble in front of Nedelkovic. A shot from the point caused Nedelkovic to sprawl out to make a save. The puck rebounded to Hintz in front of the net, who could only get a piece of the rolling puck. The puck trickled inches wide and almost tied the game before Lindell’s goal.

Lindell’s goal is one that Nedeljkovic would like to have back. The Stars entered the offensive zone with just over a minute remaining in the second. The Stars dumped the puck in with Hintz and Lindell chasing the puck. Lindell collected it between the faceoff dot and the half-wall, and as the Stars completed a line change, decided to take a shot. Nedeljkovic let the puck between his legs, and the Stars re-tied the game.

Jason Robertson Game-Tying Goal

The Stars would lose the lead for a second time when Tyler Bertuzzi scored on a powerplay goal with 6:20 left in the third period. The Stars were, again, deflated. Braden Holtby took the penalty by tripping Nick Leddy as Leddy came from behind the net.

The Stars pulled Holtby to get an extra-attacker with 1:30 left. The Red Wings were coming off an icing when they lost the faceoff in their own zone. Both teams were battling along the boards, and the Stars ultimately gained possession. The puck was centered, but Hintz’s shot was blocked. The puck fluttered in the air and fell on the stick on Robertson, who blasted home the game-tying goal.

Robertson has 37 points this season, 16 of them goals. He has six goals in the month of January and is on pace for an 80-point season.

Roope Hintz Game-Winner

The Stars help possession in overtime for a majority of the period. The Red Wings looked absolutely gassed at this point. Joe Pavelski came out shooting. As a whole, the Stars stayed conservative to prevent the Red Wings from breaking out. Fabbri attempted to outskate a tired Hintz on a puck that dribbled into the Stars’ zone. Hintz peeled off as Miro Heiskanen checked Fabbri into the boards. As Fabbri regained his balance, his stick tripped up Hintz, and a penalty was called.

The Stars lost the faceoff but swarmed the puck and won another battle on the boards. They then cycled the puck in Detriot’s zone, trying to set up Pavelski and Robertson for one-time shots. After an initial shot missed the net, John Klingberg sent a feed towards Pavelski. Instead of taking the shot, Pavelski sent a pass to Hintz in front of the net. The puck went knuckling off Hintz’s stick, dribbling past Nedeljkovic.

Hintz leads the team in goals with 17. Robertson and Pavelski are tied for second at 16. The Stars improved their overtime record to 5-2 this season. Last year they had a league-leading 14 overtime losses.

What’s Next?

The Stars will face another favorable matchup with the Philidelphia Flyers on Monday. The Stars beat the Flyers 5-2 in their only meeting this season. Dallas looks to win their third straight game. The Stars are six points out of third place in the Central Division but only two points out of the second Wild Card spot.

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