DALLAS -- Pavel Datsyuk recorded his first playoff hat trick and the Detroit Red Wings moved within one victory of the Stanley Cup finals by beating the Stars 5-2 in Dallas.
Datsyuk scored twice in the opening period before adding an
insurance goal with 2:41 remaining, securing a three-games-to-none
lead for the Red Wings in the Western Conference finals.
The Red Wings have won nine straight games since a Game-4 loss
in the conference quarterfinals. It's the longest postseason
winning streak since the Montreal Canadiens took 11 straight in
Jiri Hudler snapped a 2-2 tie with a breakaway tally midway through the second period. Henrik Zetterberg added a short-handed goal and two assists for the Wings, who are trying to reach the finals for the fifth time since 1995.
Chris Osgood turned back 16 shots and was perfect after Brad
Richards tied the game four minutes into the second period.
Nicklas Grossman also scored for the Stars, who host Game 4