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The Detroit Red Wings (19-14-10) went into the heart of Texas and came away with a 5-1 statement win over the Dallas Stars (20-14-7). The 2 points help the Red Wings leap over the Toronto Maples Leafs for the first wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference. Captain Henrik Zetterberg led the way with 2 goals while Joakim Andersson, Tomas Tatar, and Drew Miller each chipped in with a goal. While the offense was dominate as they capitalized on numerous Stars’ mistakes, they don’t deserve the bulk of the credit for this victory. Jimmy Howard stopping a point blank shot from Antoine Roussel. (Photo Credit: Glenn James / Getty Images) The first star of the game went to the man between the pipes, Jimmy Howard, and for good reason. Howard gave the Red Wings a chance to win the game. He shut down 44 of 45 shots faced including the first 12 of the game. This allowed Zetterberg to give Detroit a 1-0 lead 6:28 into the 1st period on the Red Wings’ first shot attempt of the game. These weren’t easy saves either. Dallas continued to crash the net to create quality scoring chances all night long. But time and time again, Howard rose to the challenge. His only blemish was a goal that got redirected by Daniel Alfredsson as he attempted to block a Dallas blue-line shot. The puck jumped up and just missed Howard’s blocker, tucking inside the near post. Not much he could have done to prevent it. Howard has also backed up his place to be part of the 2014 United States Olympic team. (Photo Credit: Rick Osentoski / USA Today Sports) To keep this brief, for the first time in a long time Howard looked like the long-term goalie the Red Wings paid him to be. So, perhaps a New Year means a new Jimmy Howard. In the first two games of 2014 Howard is 1-0-1 with only 3 goals given up in 125 minutes. He was 6-9-7 with an average of 2.73 goals against per game entering the New Year. “When the clock struck midnight the other night to end 2013, I put everything behind me,” Howard said. “I just said, ‘Here’s a new clean slate and let’s start fresh,’ and I’ve been trying to do that.” A fresh and rejuvenated Jimmy Howard is just what the Red Wings need to make the playoffs and Howard is aware of this as well. “It’s been a while since I’ve had a game like this for the guys. They deserve a lot of them out of me so this is going to be the first of many for me down the stretch,” he said during a post-game interview. Personally, I’m going to say it’s too early to confirm that Howard is back to his old self even though he has been impressive in his last two outings. I need more than a couple of games to determine a player’s form. So, this upcoming California road trip will be the telling sign for me. But I would like to hear your thoughts. Do you think Jimmy Howard has returned (or will return) to his All-Star form to help the Red Wings make the playoffs? You can follow me on Twitter @AEisen13 and while you’re at it, follow @isportsweb. Read more Red Wings rumors, news and opinion on our Detroit Red Wings page.

WATCH: Tomas Tatar scores must-see goal

YouTube Red Wings’ youngster Tomas Tatar’s “jump pass” to himself Saturday night was a fine impression of teammate Pavel Datsyuk while Datsyuk nursed the ever-painful “lower body injury” – hockey term.  The Red Wings were leading the Dallas Stars 3-1 Saturday when Tatar picked off a pass in the Wings’ zone and took it coast-to-coast while making two Stars defenseman...

This Is Not A Jinx - Wings Could Be Much Healthier On Thursday

from Ansar Khan of Mlive, The Detroit Red Wings will get some sun and get in a couple of practices during a stopover in Phoenix the next two days, before Thursday's game at San Jose. By then, they hope to get a few bodies back. Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser and Jonas Gustavsson are day-to-day; some or all of them could return against the Sharks. The...

Tomas Tatar steals the souls of two Stars defenders with sick move

Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar pulled this slick move to split two Stars defenders before scoring a goal during the second period of Saturday’s game in Detroit. Tatar’s move sent both Dallas d-men crashing to the ice in embarrassing fashion. Neither one of those guys is going to want to see that filthy move again for a long time. Article found on: Next Impulse Sports

Tomas Tatar pulls a sick move to split, embarrass two Stars defenders

Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar pulled this slick move to split two Stars defenders before scoring a goal during the second period of Saturday’s game in Detroit. Tatar’s move sent both Dallas d-men crashing to the ice in embarrassing fashion. Neither one of those guys is going to want to see that filthy move again for a long time. The post Tomas Tatar pulls a sick move to split...

GIF: Tomas Tatar splits the Stars defense and scores

Pavel Datsyuk may not be the only "Magic Man" on the Red Wings. Yesterday, Detroit forward Tomas Tatar scored an amazing goal splitting the Dallas Stars defense. Goal of the year candidate? The Wings went on to win the game 5-1. The goal was Tatar's 8th of the season in the 35 games he has played this season. Related:GIF: Tyler Bozak's tip-in goal destroys net...

Red Wings Return Indoors As They Embark On Road Trip

  Matchup: Detroit Red Wings vs. Dallas Stars Venue: American Airlines Center; Dallas, TX Time: 8:00 PM EST Television: Detroit- FSD; Dallas- FS-Southwest The Detroit Red Wings (18-14-10, 46 points, 5th place Atlantic Division) return to the indoors for their first game after the cold and snowy Winter Classic which saw them lose in familiar fashion in a shootout. The loss...

Zetterberg leads Wings past Stars

DALLAS (AP) -- Jimmy Howard made 44 saves and Henrik Zetterberg scored two goals, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night. Zetterberg, Joakim Andersson and Drew Miller scored in the first period goals for Detroit. Tomas Tatar added one in the second, and Zetterberg finished the scoring in the third. Dallas (20-14-7) outshot the Red Wings...

Tomas Tatar splits Dallas Stars defense to score goal of the year candidate

Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar showed off why he needs to be in the lineup every night with this outstanding goal.  Tatar made a filthy move to split the Dallas Stars defense, Brenden Dillon and Cameron Gaunce, who collided in an embarrassing fashion.  Tatar then made a slick little deke to bury the puck in the net and to give the Red Wings a commanding 4-1 lead. [Reddit...

Wings Welcome Warm Weather

The Wings will be spending a few days in Arizona before heading to play San Jose on Thursday, LA on Saturday and Anaheim on Sunday... Brendan Savage of Mlive writes the Wings are looking forward to a little warmth, "It's nice. It's really nice," goaltender Jimmy Howard said before making 44 saves in the victory over Dallas, Detroit's 13th road win in...

Red Wings Bounce Back After Winter Classic, Route Dallas 5-1

  The Red Wings returned to action after playing in the Winter Classic on Wednesday as they were looking to rebound from a tough 3-2 shootout loss. The Red Wings have been a solid road team this season, and that was on display again tonight as the Red Wings skated to a dominating 5-1 win over the Dallas Stars tonight. The Stars came out blazing in tonight’s game and recorded...

Video: Tomas Tatar Scores Highlight-Reel Goal vs. Dallas Stars

Tomas Tatar continues to prove he belongs in the Detroit Red Wings’ lineup. The latest piece of evidence came Saturday night in Dallas, when Tatar turned two Stars defenders inside out before flipping one past Kari Lehtonen for what might be the Wings’ goal of the year. If you haven't seen it, you gotta check out @Trto90's goal for the @DetroitRedWings. THAT could be...

Wings' DeKeyser out, Marchenko in against Stars

Detroit Red Wings' defenseman Danny DeKeyser has been classified as day-to-day with what appears to be a groin injury.The 23-year-old blue liner has had a tough go of it this season, missing 15 games with a separated left shoulder suffered in a loss at Phoenix on November 19th, returning to action two weeks ago at Toronto - then felt a twinge in his groin during the Winter...

GDT: Red Wings vs Stars

I hope everyone had a safe, happy, and more-enjoyable-than-the-result-of-the-Winter-Classic New Year Continue reading "[01/04/2014] GDT: Red Wings vs Stars"

Goodbye HBO

from Brendan Savage of Mlive, "Everyone is a little relieved to have the cameras out of their face," said Jimmy Howard, who will start in goal tonight vs. the Dallas Stars. "It was good, it was exciting while it was here but at the same time it's also good to have it behind us, not having to worry about tickets and getting everything together and everything...
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