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Howard, Zetterberg lead Red Wings past Stars, 5-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 4, 2014 at 11:44 pm •  Published: January 4, 2014

DALLAS (AP) — The new year has meant a new start for Jimmy Howard.

Jimmy Howard made 44 saves and Henrik Zetterberg scored two goals, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.

Zetterberg, Joakim Andersson and Drew Miller scored in the first period goals for Detroit. Tomas Tatar added one in the second, and Zetterberg finished the scoring in the third.

"When the clock struck midnight the other night to end 2013, I put everything behind me," Howard said. "I just said, 'Here's a new clean slate and let's start fresh,' and I've been trying to do that."

In the first three months of the season, Howard had a 6-9-7 record. He's now 1-0-1 in 2014, with only three goals allowed in 125 minutes.

"It's been a while since I've had a game like this for the guys," Howard said. "They deserve a lot of them out of me so this is going to be the first of many for me down the stretch."

Dallas outshot the Red Wings 45-27, but also gave the puck away 17 times — compared to four by the Red Wings. Dallas also went 0 for 7 on the power play.

"It wasn't pretty by any means but we found a way," Howard said. "We capitalized on our chances here tonight and our captain (Zetterberg) was good tonight, too."

The Stars had a 20-13 advantage on shots in the first period, but trailed 3-1. They had the game's first 12 shots, but Zetterberg scored the first goal on the Red Wings' first shot at 7:04.

After Gustav Nyquist whiffed on a shot, Dallas goalie Dan Ellis tried to clear the puck. It went out to Zetterberg, who didn't miss his shot.

"When Zetterberg got on the board, I thought we got it going," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said.

Zetterberg has 14 goals this season, including three goals and three assists in four games since returning from a back injury.

Dallas tied it on Rich Peverley's short-handed goal with 7:13 left in the period. He shot from the top of the left faceoff circle past both Shawn Horcoff's screen and Howard.

"Howard made some real good saves," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "There was a couple that I thought we could have had better traffic in front of him. We missed the net on some.

"We would play well, be down in their end and then give up the puck and they'd go down and score."

Detroit's Justin Abdelkader missed a penalty shot with 5:58 left, skating to the left of the net and trying to tuck the puck behind Ellis, but the goalie smothered it with his pads.

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