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Filppula scores 2, Red Wings beat Stars 4-1
DETROIT 4, DALLAS 1

By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer

DETROIT (AP) -- Pavel Datsyuk stickhandled around a defender and
sent a perfect pass across the front of the goal.



All Valtteri Filppula had to do was shoot into an open net, and
he had no problem scoring his second goal of the game.



"Whenever he has the puck, you can always expect it's going to
come your way," Filppula said. "I've obviously played with him
for a while now, but still, every once in a while you get
surprised."



Filppula was alert enough to score twice off passes from
Datsyuk, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 victory over the
Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.



Henrik Zetterberg and Damien Brunner also added goals, helping
Detroit rally after Loui Eriksson opened the scoring in the
second period for Dallas.



All six of Dallas' previous games this season were decided by
one goal, but the Stars couldn't keep this one close in the
third after playing at Columbus the previous night.



"Saw some good things here coming off back to back, like the
shot clock," Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan said. "See some good
things coming."



Jimmy Howard made 25 saves for Detroit, which outshot Dallas
only 27-26.



Zetterberg scored on a two-man advantage in the final minute of
the second period to give the Red Wings a 2-1 lead, and Brunner
and Filppula scored 23 seconds apart in the third.



Jordin Tootoo of Detroit and Eric Nystrom of Dallas dropped the
gloves 3 seconds into the game, and Tootoo was in another fight
later in the first period, this time with Brenden Dillon.



"I just expected him to get out and forecheck, but he took it
upon himself to have a couple bouts," Red Wings coach Mike
Babcock said. "We don't mind that either, but we'd just as soon
he forecheck. He's a guy that gives us a different dimension
than we've had, and he's physical out there, and guys know he's
out there."



The 5-foot-9 Tootoo was giving up 6 inches in his fight with
Dillon.



"Basically just trying to protect myself from getting hit - and
just keep whaling," Tootoo said.



The Stars had a two-man advantage for 39 seconds late in the
first but couldn't convert, and the period ended scoreless. The
Red Wings have not scored in the first period all season.



Eriksson gave the Stars a 1-0 lead, lifting a rebound over
Howard, but Filppula tied it later in the second when Datsyuk
found him in front of the net.



Dallas was hurt late in the period by a pair of high-sticking
penalties. Jamie Benn was given a double-minor with 3:41
remaining, and although Zetterberg went off 41 seconds later for
tripping, Ray Whitney took a penalty for the Stars with 2:18 to
play.



The end result was that the Red Wings had a 5-on-3 once
Zetterberg's penalty was over, and the Detroit captain took
advantage for the go-ahead goal, beating goalie Kari Lehtonen
with a slapper to the upper-right corner.



Lehtonen came within 3.4 seconds of a shutout in a win at
Detroit last week, but he made only 21 saves this time and was
pulled with 4:30 remaining in the game.



Brunner made it 3-1 in the third when he deflected a shot from
the point past Lehtonen. Although there was some question as to
the height of Brunner's stick when he touched the puck, the goal
stood.



Datsyuk then maneuvered around a defender and sent another nice
pass to Filppula, who scored easily with Lehtonen out of
position.



NOTES: Red Wings F Darren Helm was scratched with back
inflammation, an ailment that is expected to improve with
medication - instead of surgery that would've put him out of the
lineup for a much longer period of time. ... Jaromir Jagr's
assist on Eriksson's goal was his first point since a two-goal,
two-assist game against Phoenix in the season opener.

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