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Published: Thursday, 12/30/2010

Eaves hat trick lifts Red Wings, 7-3, over Stars

DALLAS -- Patrick Eaves had three goals, Brad Stuart scored the tiebreaker at 5:29 of the third period, and the Detroit Red Wings rallied for a 7-3 victory over the Dallas Stars Wednesday night.

Goals by Brad Richards, Mark Fistric, and Jamie Benn in a 1:14 span in the second period gave the Stars a 3-1 lead. But Eaves struck on the power play after Nicklas Lidstrom scored at even strength to help the Red Wings tie it at 3 entering the final period. Stuart's blast got past goalie Kari Lehtonen, who was screened by Detroit's Justin Abdelkader.

Kris Draper's goal from the left circle at 13:23 of the third and Eaves' second of the night 44 seconds later gave Detroit a three-goal edge. Eaves completed his hat trick with an empty-netter at 17:46.

Jiri Hudler contributed a first-period power-play goal, and Jimmy Howard made 28 saves for the Wings, who improved to 52 points to tighten their grip on first place in the Western Conference.

The Red Wings were 2-8-0 in their last 10 meetings with the Stars, winning in Dallas for the first time since Jan. 5, 2008.

Hudler got Detroit on the board at 1:36 of the first period, 12 seconds into the game's first power play. Teammate Todd Bertuzzi had possession with his back to the net, and he passed to Hudler low in the right circle. Hudler lifted a shot into the net before Lehtonen could cover.

Richards countered on a breakaway at 5:39 of the second period to tie it.

Fistric notched his second goal of the season, and second in two games, on a shot from center point that glanced off Bertuzzi's stick and got past Howard at 6:24 of the second.

Benn needed only 29 more seconds to give his team a two-goal pad when he set up in front of the net and converted Mike Ribeiro's centering pass. But the Wings picked up their intensity with a 15-shot second period. Lidstrom connected from the slot at 8:56 of the second, and Eaves drew his team even at 3 with a man-advantage goal at 17:38 of the second.



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