Ryder scores twice, Stars beat Red Wings 2-1
DETROIT (AP) — When Michael Ryder scored in the third period to give Dallas a two-goal lead, Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen relaxed a bit.
By the time the Detroit Red Wings finally put the puck past him, it was too late to make any difference.
Ryder scored in the first and third periods, and Lehtonen came within 3.4 seconds of a shutout in the Stars' 2-1 win over the Red Wings on Tuesday night.
Lehtonen made 39 saves and allowed only Damien Brunner's first career goal just before time expired.
"It was fairly easy the first 50 minutes I would say, then Detroit came a lot harder," Lehtonen said. "It was nice to have that two-goal lead. It made it a little more calm."
Ryder had already scored an insurance goal with 14:26 to play.
Detroit's Jimmy Howard had 30 saves — including 16 in the second period — to keep his team in it.
"I think in pieces in the game we did some good things," Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg said. "The power play's not good. Got to get better at that."
Detroit went 0 for 4 with the man advantage and is 0 for 15 on the season.
Jaromir Jagr went without a point for Dallas for a second straight game after posting two goals and two assists in the season opener Saturday.
Detroit's fans were ready for the Red Wings' first home game after the lockout.
It was the 72nd consecutive sellout for an NHL game at Joe Louis Arena, and the crowd roared when Tomas Holmstrom came out to drop the ceremonial first puck. Holmstrom announced his retirement earlier Tuesday after 15 seasons with the Red Wings.
Ryder opened the scoring with 14:19 left in the first, beating Howard from the edge of the right circle with a terrific shot that sailed past the goalie's right shoulder.
"Took a quick shot from the slot, and it managed to find its way in," Ryder said. "''As a team here, we're doing a lot of good things, and we're getting better as every day goes by."