Nicklas Lidstrom had two goals and an assist as the Detroit Red Wings hung on for a 5-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Friday night in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.
Brent Gilchrist, Jamie Macoun and Martin Lapointe also scored for the Red Wings, who took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series. Jere Lehtinen scored twice and Mike Modano, breaking an eight-game scoring slump, made it a one-goal game late in the third period for the Stars.The Stars, who are 1-15-2 at Joe Louis Arena since the franchise moved from Minneapolis, had gone an NHL-record 10 straight games without allowing more than two goals until the assault by the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Game 4 will be played Sunday afternoon at Joe Louis Arena.
Meanwhile, Detroit defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov, rehabilitating from a head injury suffered in a limousine accident last June, still dreams of returning to the Red Wings, his wife says.
"He's absolutely sure he will do it, and I'm supporting him," Irina Konstantinov said in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. "I think it's great."
Konstantinov was injured six days after the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup. He remains in a wheelchair and needs assistance walking.
Konstantinov is eager to return to the arena and visit with his teammates, Ms. Konstantinov said. She said she and her husband were touched by the fact that the team has kept his locker in game condition and adorned with mementos, including a good-luck rock with "believe" written upon it.
"The first time we saw it, we had tears in our eyes," she said. "That really gives us a great feeling."
Detroit blasted its way to a 4-0 lead, but the Stars charged back with three straight goals, one in the second period and two in the third.
Modano, taking a feed from Jamie Langenbruner, stuffed the puck past Chris Osgood from in close with 12:26 left in the game. Detroit claimed Modano was in the crease, but a review let the goal stand, cutting the Red Wings' lead to 4-3.
Lapointe gave Detroit some breathing room when he beat goaltender Ed Belfour with a shot from the slot with 4:05 remaining.
The Stars, 0-for-17 on the power play in the series, had the man advantage for most of the final two minutes, but couldn't cash in. They pulled Belfour for the extra attacker with 30 seconds remaining.