Red Wings Push Stars to the Brink

Detroit wins ninth straight postseason game for 3-0 series lead
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2008 10:13 PM CDT
Red Wings Push Stars to the Brink
Dallas Stars' goaltender Marty Turco blocks a shot by the Detroit Red Wings during the second period.   (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)

Pavel Datsyuk and the Detroit Red Wings got the best retaliation against Mike Ribeiro and the Dallas Stars—a record-setting victory. Datsyuk scored twice in the first period then again with 2:41 left, and the Red Wings beat the Stars 5-2 Monday night to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

This was Detroit's ninth straight win, its most ever in a single postseason and the longest in the NHL since Montreal won 11 in a row in 1993. More importantly, the Red Wings will go into Game 4 on Wednesday night with the chance to skate into the Stanley Cup finals for the fourth time in 11 seasons. (Read more hockey stories.)

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