Red Wings Win Opener

Detroit opens Western final with 4-1 drubbing of Dallas
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted May 8, 2008 9:53 PM CDT
Detroit Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood (30) makes a save during the third period.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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(Newser) – Johan Franzen, Brian Rafalski and Tomas Holmstrom scored power-play goals for the Detroit Red Wings, who built a big lead in the second period and coasted to a 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night.

After Valtteri Filppula put the top-seeded Red Wings ahead 4-0, Brenden Morrow scored with a minute left in the second period to prevent the fifth-seeded Stars from getting shut out. Game 2 is Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena, where Stars goalie Marty Turco is 0-8-2 in his NHL career. Turco made 27 saves, and Detroit's Chris Osgood turned away 20 shots. (Read more NHL stories.)