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by Monica McAlister on 01/04/14 at 10:55 PM ET
Shortly before the game the Red Wings announced that Pavel Datsyuk would miss the game in Dallas with a lower body injury.
It wouldn’t take long for Henrik Zetterberg to score the opening goal of the game to give the visitors the early lead.
A penalty to Dallas Stars Antoine Roussel would get called for goaltender interference would lead to a short-handed goal for the Stars as Rich Peverly would put it past Jimmy Howard.
Wings would be outshot 20-13 in the first.
Even with the vast outshooting it would be Detroit that would go to intermission with a two goal lead as Joakim Andersson and Drew Miller would score 14 seconds apart late in the period.
Second period would see Dan Ellis on the bench as Kari Lethonen would take over in net for the Stars.
Intent to blow would show up midway through the second and see a possible goal to the Stars go for naught.
Detroit’s Tomas Tatar would make the highlight of the game during the second as he would put the puck past Lethonen for a 4-1 lead over Dallas.
Tatar’s play would see two Stars collide and take one another out. This would not be the only time this would happen this period at late in the period a similar collision would happen between two of Dallas’ players – only no goal to either team would coincide.
Both teams would be assessed penalties and kill off their time until late in the period it would be Zetterberg with his second of the game to give Detroit the 5-1 lead.
With the captain scoring the two bookend goals in the game it would be two points for the Red Wings to kick off their road trip post Winter Classic.
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