DETROIT (AP) — Tanner Kero broke a scoreless tie late in the second period, Anton Khudobin stopped all 21 shots he faced and the Dallas Stars pulled away to beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 Saturday night.
Andrej Sekera gave the Stars a two-goal cushion midway through the third period. A little later in the game, Khudobin denied Robby Fabbri on a breakaway and finished with his third shutout this season.
The Stars sealed the win with 6:17 left, when Ty Dellandrea scored to make it 3-0.
The defending Western Conference champions, who have missed injured stars Tyler Seguin and Ben Bishop all season, had lost nine of their previous 12 games.
Detroit’s Thomas Greiss had 30 saves, filling in for injured goaltender Jonathan Bernier.
The Red Wings had won three of four games twice in less than a month, but fell flat on a night on which they had a chance to win three straight for the first time this season.
Red Wings winger Bobby Ryan returned to the lineup after missing three games with an upper-body injury.
Khudobin ranks among NHL leaders with three shutouts, blanking one team in each month this season to account for half of his six victories.
When it was clear on Friday that Bernier would miss at least a game with a lower-body injury, Detroit recalled goaltender Calvin Pickard from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins under emergency conditions and he became the team’s backup.
Dallas plays Nashville in only one game at home on Sunday, less than 24 hours after playing in Detroit.
The Red Wings will have a couple days off, a luxury in the NHL this season, before playing the Predators on the road Tuesday night.