Stars Turn Away Red Wings

Turco makes 37 saves in 3-1 victory over Detroit

Marty Turco made 37 saves, rookies Tom Wandell and Fabian Brunnstrom scored goals and the Dallas Stars beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 on Friday night in their first meeting since last season's Western Conference finals.

Turco, the former University of Michigan star who came into the game with a 3.41 goals-against average, made 29 saves in the final two periods.

Brett Lebda's goal in the first period gave Detroit a 1-0 lead.

Wandell, who had his first NHL goal in his second career game, and Brunnstrom scored in a 1:40 span in the second period to give the Stars the lead. Mike Ribeiro added an empty-net goal.

Ty Conklin, making his third straight start for Detroit, stopped 21 shots.

The Red Wings beat the Stars in six games last season in the conference final en route to their 11th Stanley Cup title.

Because of injuries to veterans Brenden Morrow, Sergei Zubov and Jere Lehtinen, Dallas had a much younger lineup than it did in last season's playoffs.

Wandell, who made his NHL debut Wednesday against Phoenix, scored at 5:47 of the second to tie it at 1. Off a Red Wings' turnover in their own zone, the 21-year-old rookie put a shot past Conklin from the slot.

Dallas took the lead when Brunnstrom scored from the high slot at 7:27.

Turco, who came into the game with a 2-10-5 mark against Detroit, made sure the lead help up. He stopped 14 shots in the third, including a glove save on Henrik Zetterberg with less than 7 minutes left.

Dallas had only three shots in the third period.

The Stars, who have the fewest points in the West, won for the fourth time in six games.

Lebda took a pass from Jiri Hudler and beat Turco from the right circle at 6:05 of the first to put the Red Wings ahead 1-0.

Dallas had chance to tie with a 5-on-3 advantage for the final 1:31 of the first. Conklin made two big stops as the Stars did not capitalize on the power play.

Notes:@ Stars D Stephane Robidas (oral surgery) was scratched. Robidas was hit in the face by a puck Wednesday night. ... Detroit's Dan Cleary, who had an assist, has eight points in his last five games.

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