At least it won't be a shutout. Stephane Robidas comes through with a goal on the Stars' seventh power play, and it's now 4-1 Red Wings. Yeah, I know it's not going to change the outcome of this one, but it's still something.
The Stars are showing some fire. Finally. Took way too long for it to show up, however.
I wonder if that was the message among the Stars in the locker room heading out to the third period. That should be their goal. Just go out hard. See what happens. There truly is nothing to lose at this point, right? Maybe you get a goal or two. Or three. Just go at 'em for one final period.
OK, I'm taking it easy on my analysis. It was a rough period, one in which the Stars came out slow and it cost them dearly. Marty's having a bit of a tough time, with Detroit just pouncing on those rebounds.
We'll see what kind of Stars team comes out the final two periods. They had nothing to lose coming into this game? They truly have nothing to lose now.
It's just getting worse out here. Dallas Drake scores his first goal of the postseason -- first! -- to put the Red Wings up 3-0. And we're not even out of the first period. It looked like Marty thought he had it in his glove and he was getting up. But the puck stayed on the ice, and Drake knocked it in to get this big ol' lead.
I'm looking back now at that Brad Richards-Trevor Daley 2 on 1. What if they score there?
The Wings have been pretty solid on the power play, and they break through on it again. Pavel Datsyuk lifts home a rebound shot and the Wings have a 2-0 lead at 11:41. Marty Turco stopped Nicklas Lidstrom's shot, but the rebound went between defenseman Nicklas Grossman's legs and Datsyuk was waiting for it.
The Stars aren't getting a whole lot on the other end, being outshot 10-4. The Wings are smelling blood. Speaking of which, Kris Draper just came back to the bench with a nasty-looking cut below his bottom lip. He looked to be grabbing his mouth before the Matt Niskanen cross-check, so not sure when he got cut.
Kris Draper tips in a rebound of Dallas Drake's shot, and the Wings are up 1-0 just 3:46 into this one. This one was reviewed, although I'm not sure why. Don't know if there was crease doubt, but I thought the NHL said there's no reviews on those?
Anyway, Matt Niskanen got a little cross-check revenge on Draper, who did it to Brenden Morrow at the end of Game 5 on Saturday afternoon. But the Stars are not coming out firing like they need to. Brad Richards just got a shot on goal at the 6:02 mark of this period; the Red Wings had a 5-0 edge before that.
No new names, actually on the Stars' side. The usual scratches, including the dinged-up guys. But on Detroit's side, veteran defenseman Chris Chelios is scratched for tonight's game. Now it was Chelios who was skating off the ice as the puck ricocheted off Darren McCarty and to Joel Lundqvist, who then scored the game-winner in Game 5.
Hard to imagine a postseason game -- any game, actually -- without Chelios on the ice.