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Stars Shine In Rout Of Wings

For one night at least, the Detroit Red Wings didn't belong on the same ice with the Dallas Stars.

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  • know when to turn it up, but hopefully we gave them something to think about," Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said after Dallas scored four times in the first period and beat the defending Stanley Cup champions 5-1 Friday night.

    Ignited by Joe Nieuwendyk's goal just seven seconds into the game -- the fastest in franchise history -- the Stars took their second win in two meetings this season between last spring's Western Conference finalists.

    But this victory was much more convincing than Dallas' 3-2 home win on Oct. 31 over the Red Wings. It was just the Stars' second win in their last 21 games (including playoffs) at Joe Louis Arena.

    "We've had some bad luck in this building for a long time," said forward Mike Modano, who scored Dallas' final goal. "The first period has always dictated the game here, and tonight we had a good first period."

    Niewandyk also had two assists in the first period. Derian Hatcher, Darryl Sydor and Grant Marshall had the other first-period goals.

    Darren McCarty's second-period goal was the only one of 35 Detroit shots that got past Dallas goalie Ed Belfour. Detroit's Chris Osgood allowed four goals on 14 first-period shots before Kevin Hodson replaced him to start the second. Hodson finished with 13 saves.

    About the ony suspense after Dallas' hot start was seeing how Detroit might try avenging a first-period hit from the Stars' Dan Keczmer that sent Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman to the dressing room for stitches.

    Keczmer appeared to elbow Yzerman head-first into the boards and, as Yzerman slumped to the ice, McCarty went after Keczmer. McCarty drew a double minor that led to Sydor's goal.

    Keczmer was a marked man the rest of the game, although no major brawls occurred. Yzerman, who returned in the second period, twice drew roughing penalties trying to mix it up with Keczmer in the third.

    "Stevie had to do that," Detroit's Brendan Shanahan said. "He's a proud guy. He challenged (Keczmer); that's why everyone has so much respect for him."

    Keczmer understood what was going on.

    "It was a hit and they weren't too happy about it," he said. "(Yzerman) stuck up for himself and his teammates stuck up for him. That's the way it should be on all teams."

    Nieuwendyk started Dallas' four-goal first period before many fans in the capacity crowd were in their seats.

    Detroit's Kris Draper won the opening faceoff back to Uwe Krupp, whose weak crossing pass for Jamie Macoun was intercepted by Nieuwendyk just inside the Red Wings' line. Nieuwendyk skated in alone and easily beat Osgood at the seven-second mark.

    Nieuwendyk also beat Tony Hrkac's six-day old record for the fastest game-opening goal in club history. Hrkac scored eight seconds into the Stars' 4-3 win at Los Angeles last Saturday.

    Hatcher made it 2-0 when he finished off a goal mouth scramble in front of Osgood with Dallas playing out a delayed penalty at 5:46. Sydor scored with McCarty in the box for roughing Kaczmer and Marshall's goal made it 4-0 at 17:08.

    "They got one right off the bat and then got a 4-0 lead early," Yzerman said. "As good as Dallas is defensively, that can make it very difficult."

    The teams traded second-period goals. McCarty redirected Larry Murphy's blue-line shot past Belfour to give Detroit a goal at 2:45, but Modano responded with a score off a giveaway by Sergei Fedorov with 2:27 left.

    "The fifth goal broke our backs," Shanahan said. "We felt if we could make it a two-goal game after two periods we'd have a legitimate shot. We had our chances in the second period."

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