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Stars Get Shootout Win Over Red Wings to Boost Playoff Push

Joe Pavelski #16 of the Dallas Stars celebrates after assisting Jason Robertson #21 of the Dallas Stars in a goal against the Detroit Red Wings in the second period at American Airlines Center on April 19, 2021 in Dallas, Texas.
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Denis Gurianov scored in the fifth round of a shootout to give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night, and a vital extra point for the defending Western Conference champions in their push to get back in the playoffs.

Roope Hintz and rookie Jason Robertson both scored in regulation for the Stars, with Miro Heiskanen assisting on both goals. Robertson also converted the first shootout attempt for Dallas.

Anton Khudobin stopped 20 shots before the shootout, including a glove save reaching around a defender with less than three minutes left in regulation.

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After Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin got a puck through Khudobin's legs in the first round of the tiebreaker, the Stars goalie stopped the next four attempts, including Filip Hronek's try after Gurianov had beaten Thomas Greiss at the other end.

Greiss finished with 34 saves, and both goalies had three in overtime.

Luke Glendening, with only three goals in his first 44 games and none since March 11, scored two tying goals for Detroit in the second period.

The Stars have earned points in a season-best seven games in a row (5-0-2). They moved into fifth place in the Central Division with 48 points, one ahead of Chicago, with 12 regular-season games left. Nashville is fourth with 51 points, but only nine games remaining.

The top four teams in the division make the playoffs.

It was the first of four consecutive games this week between the two teams, with another matchup Tuesday night in Dallas. Then they play in Detroit on Thursday and Saturday, when the Stars start a regular season-ending stretch with nine of their last 11 games on the road.

The Red Wings were 31 of 33 on penalty kills in their previous 12 games before Hintz took a cross-ice pass from Heiskanen in the first period and did some nifty stick work before shooting and scoring Dallas' first power-play goal in five games.

Robertson scored his 13th for a 2-1 lead about midway through the second period. He poked in the puck while between Gustav Lindstrom and Greiss in front after Hintz's one-timer from the right circle.

Glendening had a quick backhand to score when Evgeny Svechnikov's shot ricocheted off Khudobin's blocker less than eight minutes into the second to tie the game at 1. Glendening later had his back to the net when he redirected Alex Biega's shot past and through defenseman John Klingberg and Khudobin to make it 2-all.

NO GOAL
Sam Gagner thought he had a go-ahead goal for the Red Wings about three minutes into the third period, but the on-ice official behind the net was immediately waving off the tally because of goalie interference. Vladislav Namestnikov was pushing into Khudobin in the crease.

OUT OF ACTION
Recently acquired Red Wings forward Jakub Vrana was scratched because of an illness not related to COVID-19.

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