Posted January 03, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Jiri Hudler scored twice, linemate Valtteri Filppula added a goal and two assists, and the Detroit Red Wings hung on to beat the Dallas Stars 5-4 on Tuesday night. Henrik Zetterberg, the third member of the line, had three assists. Johan Franzen and Cory Emmerton also connected for the Red Wings, an NHL-best 15-2-1 at home but only 10-11-0 on the road. Michael Ryder had two goals, Jamie Benn added a goal and two assists, and Loui Eriksson also scored for the Stars. Dallas is short-handed on defense, missing regulars Sheldon Souray (ankle), Stephane Robidas (foot) and Philip Larsen (concussion-like symptoms), and it showed against the speedy, skilled Wings. Injuries forced the callup of rookies Jordie Benn, older brother of Jamie Benn, and Brenden Dillon from the Texas Stars of the AHL. Jordie Benn made his NHL debut, collecting his first assist in the opening period, while Dillon was a healthy scratch. Filppula fired a loose puck into an open net for his 13th goal of the season at 8:02 of the first period. Zetterberg's shot went in off Hudler's skate to make it 2-0 at 17:06 of the first. The goal was upheld after a brief video review to determine whether Hudler kicked the puck into the net. Eriksson got Dallas on the board from the right circle at 17:56 of the first, assisted by both Benns, but Hudler struck from the slot at 19:00 for his second of the night to give Detroit a two-goal pad. Jamie Benn notched his 10th of the season on a sharp-angle shot from the right of the net at 1:04 of the second period to pull Dallas to 3-2, but Emmerton got the puck past Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen's right pad from a difficult angle at 3:51 of the second for a 4-2 edge. Once again, the Stars crept within a goal when Ryder's shot from long range slipped through Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard's pads at 7:25 of the second. Franzen restored the two-goal advantage with a shot into the top right corner from the left circle at 11:46 of the second, his team-leading 16th of the season. But Ryder beat Howard from the right circle at 14:07 of the third for Ryder's team-high 17th of the season to narrow the gap to 5-4. NOTES: Linesman Steve Miller left in the first period with concussion-like symptoms. Miller hit his head when he accidentally collided with Stars D Mark Fistric. Miller left the ice and was treated by Stars medical personnel, who ruled him out for the rest of the game, leaving the crew with two referees and one linesman. ... Forwards Darren Helm (strained groin), Tomas Holmstrom (groin) and Patrick Eaves (jaw) were out for Detroit . ... Forward Tomas Vincour (knee) was out for Dallas. ... The Benns are the third set of brothers to play in the same game for the Stars since their move to Dallas in 1993. The others: Derian and Kevin Hatcher, and Neal and Paul Broten.
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