Special teams can often make or break a hockey team, and they proved to be the difference for the Detroit Red Wings as they defeated the Dallas Stars 3-1 Tuesday night and extended their point streak to four games.
The Stars scored just 16 seconds into the game, but this would prove to be their only goal. The Red Wings capitalized on their first two power plays of the night, as Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha both lit the lamp on the man advantage.
Dylan Larkin scores a power play goal in the first period of the Red Wings game. pic.twitter.com/kwfx3bT4kP
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Red Wings' Anthony Mantha on his goal vs. Dallas, chemistry with Henrik Zetterberg https://t.co/v374Xl84yY
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This was the first time the Red Wings have scored on the power play in five games. They also managed to kill off five Dallas power plays, including a 5-on-3 in the third period. Detroit’s penalty kill is just 19th in the league, but they sure looked like a top-10 penalty kill against the Stars.
Your goaltender is often your best penalty killer, and that was definitely the case for the Red Wings tonight. Petr Mrazek was stellar all night long, stopping 34 of 35 shots. He made some huge saves on the penalty kill and turned away 17 shots in the third period alone. Mrazek looked confident in net, coming out of the crease to make saves when he needed to and recovering from rebounds.
The Red Wings were unable to convert on their final two power plays of the game, but that didn’t matter as Mrazek shut down the Stars and Steve Ott scored an empty-netter to secure the win. The Red Wings will attempt to carry their special teams success into Thursday night’s game at home in a key divisional matchup with the Florida Panthers.
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