Pavel Datsyuk stickhandled around a defender and sent a perfect pass across the front of the goal.

All Valtteri Filppula had to do was shoot into an open net, and he had no problem scoring his second goal of the game.

"Whenever he has the puck, you can always expect it's going to come your way," Filppula said. "I've obviously played with him for a while now, but still, every once in a while you get surprised."

Filppula was alert enough to score twice off passes from Datsyuk, leading the host Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.

Henrik Zetterberg and Damien Brunner also added goals, helping Detroit rally after Loui Eriksson opened the scoring in the second period for Dallas.

All six of Dallas' previous games this season were decided by one goal, but the Stars couldn't keep this one close in the third after playing at Columbus the previous night.

"Saw some good things here coming off back to back, like the shot clock," Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan said. "See some good things coming."

Jimmy Howard made 25 saves for Detroit, which outshot Dallas only 27-26.

Zetterberg scored on a two-man advantage in the final minute of the second period to give the Red Wings a 2-1 lead, and Brunner and Filppula scored 23 seconds apart in the third.


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Bruins 2, Devils 1: Brad Marchand scored the decisive shootout goal after teammate Nathan Horton forced overtime late in the third period and host Boston rallied for a win over New Jersey. Boston's Tyler Seguin and New Jersey's Ilya Kovalchuk scored on their teams' first shot during the shootout. Then both teams failed on their next four attempts. But Marchand put the puck between goalie Johan Hedberg's pads and the Bruins won when Marek Zidlicky's shot hit Tuukka Rask's left pad.

Rangers 2, Flyers 1: Ryan Callahan scored a power-play goal before leaving with an injury in the third period, and Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves to lift the host Rangers to a victory over Philadelphia. Defenseman Michael Del Zotto had a goal and assist for the Rangers (3-3), who have won two straight for the first time this season. Philadelphia (2-5) has dropped two in a row.

Senators 3, Capitals 2: Sergei Gonchar scored on the power play with 2:30 left in regulation as host Ottawa battled back from a sluggish start to defeat Washington.

Canadiens 4, Jets 3: Tomas Plekanec scored a tiebreaking goal on a power play at 5:31 of the third period to lift host Montreal to its fourth straight win, beating Winnipeg. Canadiens rookies Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher each had two points in their first game since it was confirmed they would stay with the NHL club.

Maple Leafs 4, Sabres 3: Matt Frattin scored his second goal of the game with 1.5 seconds left in overtime, lifting visiting Toronto to a win over Buffalo.

  • Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta was taken to the hospital for tests after absorbing a hit late in the first period. Kaleta, who has had a history of head and neck problems, was boarded by Toronto's Mike Brown, who was assessed a penalty for the play.

    Wild 3, Blue Jackets 2: Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period and host Minnesota snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Columbus.