DETROIT – 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.
RANGERS 2, FLYERS 1: In New York, Ryan Callahan scored a power-play goal before leaving with an injury in the third period, and Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves to lift New York, which has won two straight games for the first time this season.
BRUINS 2, DEVILS 1, SO: In Boston, Brad Marchand scored the decisive shootout goal after teammate Nathan Horton forced overtime late in the third period as Eastern Conference-leading Boston improved to 5-0-1.
MAPLE LEAFS 4, SABRES 3, OT: In Buffalo, N.Y., Matt Frattin scored his second goal of the game with 1.5 seconds left in overtime, lifting Toronto.
Jay McClement and Cody Franson also scored for Toronto, which snapped a two-game skid. James Reimer made 29 saves for the Maple Leafs.
ISLANDERS 4, PENGUINS 1: In Pittsburgh, Matt Moulson scored a goal and assisted on another, Evgeni Nabokov stopped 37 shots and New York dominated the listless.
John Tavares, Michael Grabner and Casey Cizikas also found the net for the Islanders
LIGHTNING 5, PANTHERS 2: In Tampa, Fla., Steven Stamkos scored his fourth goal of the season to power Tampa to its fifth win in six games Tampa Bay also got goals from Cory Conacher, Tom Pyatt, Dana Tyrell and Vincent Lecavalier.
CANADIENS 4, JETS 3: In Montreal, Tomas Plekanec scored a tiebreaking goal on a power play at 5:31 of the third period.
WILD 3, BLUE JACKETS 2: In St. Paul, Minn., Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period and Minnesota snapped a three-game losing streak.
SENATORS 3, CAPITALS 2: In Ottawa, Sergei Gonchar scored on the power play with 2:30 left in regulation as Ottawa battled back from a sluggish start.