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Rookie Goalie Jake Oettinger Helps Dallas Stars Beat Red Wings, Improve To 4-0 On Season

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — It was a team effort. Two-way center Joe Pavelski scored his fourth goal of the season and Jake Oettinger stopped 20 shots in his first NHL start as the Dallas Stars beat the Detroit Red Wings 7-3 on Thursday night.

The team finished undefeated in their season-opening four-game homestand.

Denis Gurianov had a goal and two assists while Ty Dellandrea had his first NHL goal and first assist — both coming in the final 5:08 when Dallas stretched out a one-goal lead. Seven Stars scored.

"That's Jake's first win of many to come in his career, and Ty's first goal of many to come in his career. It's nice that they both got them on the same night," coach Rick Bowness said of the two first-round picks. "They deserve it, they worked hard to get here, and they're great prospects."

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Esa Lindell #23 of the Dallas Stars skates against the Detroit Red Wings on January 28, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. (credit: Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

Andrew Cogliano, Jamie Oleksiak, Justin Dowling and John Klingberg added goals for the defending Western Conference champion Stars, who last season didn't win until their fourth game during a 1-7-1 start, and now are 4-0 for the first time in 10 seasons. Miro Heiskanen, their standout young defenseman, had three assists.

Valtteri Filppula knocked in a rebound for his first goal for the Red Wings (2-5-1). Tyler Bertuzzi added a power-play goal in the third period, and Danny DeKeyser made it a one-goal game with 6:56 left.

"Made it 4-3 there, and it got away from us," Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin said. "I think we were in it, but again we just let it slip it away."

Dellandrea then got his goal on a power player after a nifty pass from Heiskanen, then Dowling scored an empty-netter and Dellandrea assisted Klingberg.

"Yeah, it was a lot of emotion. Once I saw it going in, I was pretty pumped and it was an unbelievable play by Miro," Dellandrea, the 13th overall pick in 2018. "That was special."

Jake Oettinger
Jake Oettinger #29 of the Dallas Stars tends goal against the Detroit Red Wings on January 28, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. (credit: Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

Oettinger, who turned 22 last month, was the 26th overall pick in the first round by the Stars in the 2017 draft — they got Heiskanen with the third pick that year.

"The ones that went in, he had absolutely zero chance," Bowness said. "He made the saves he had to make."

The goalie made his NHL debut in the playoffs last season, stopping all eight shots faced in two games after relieving Anton Khudobin. Oettinger was the backup through the postseason because of a knee injury to Ben Bishop, the veteran still out until at least late March while rehabbing from a second surgery.

Detroit starting goalie Jonathan Bernier allowed three goals on 19 shots before Thomas Griess gave up three goals on nine shots.

(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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