play the best we can every night and try to build something,” Vrana said.four goals in a game for the first time to help the Detroit Red Wings rout the Dallas Stars 7-3 Thursday night and match their total number of wins from last season. Detroit picked up its 17th victory in its 49th game, a pandemic-shortened season. “We aren’t in the playoffs, but we’re trying to
TheStars are vying with Nashville and Chicago to earn the Central Division’s fourth and final postseason berth. The teams will play a fourth on Saturday night.
Vrana, acquired in a blockbuster trade with Washington for Anthony Mantha, scored his. He added two more in the third period.
“Since Day 1, everyone was accommodating,” said Vrana, who has 16 goals this. “There’s a new system and new teammates, and you’re just trying to figure it out. It has clicked so far, but there’s still a lot we can do better.”
Sam Gagner scored into an empty net,. Luke Glendening and Richard Panik also scored. Thomas Greiss finished with 43 saves.
Radek Faksa and Joe Pavelski scored in the second period, and Denis Gurianov had a goal with 6:31 left in the third, pulling Dallas within two goals each time.
Anton Khudobin gave up three goals on nine shots in the first and was benched by the Stars.
“It just seems not to be his night,” coach Rick Bowness said.
Jake Oettinger didn’t fare much better, allowing three goals on 13 shots.
Detroit ended its three-gameagainst a team that had won four games in a row.
“Wethey were going to come hard because we beat them at home,” Stars forward Radek Faksa said. “The game wasn’t bad, but we have to learn from all the mistakes for the next game.”
HE SAID IT
“It’s a classic example of beating yourself,” Bowness said. “Poor puck management. We gave them goals.”
Mantha was the lastfour goals in a game, pulling off the feat on Oct. 6, 2019.
Pavelski scored for the 20th time this, giving him at least that many goals for the 11th time in his career. Among NHL or later, five players have had more seasons with 20 goals: Luc Robitaille, Peter Bondra, Doug Gilmour, Theo Fleury, and Dave Taylor.
The Red Wings also acquired Panik, a 2021 first- and a 2022 second-round pick from the Capitals, but the 25-year-old Vrana was the crucial part of the trade from Detroit‘s perspective.
“He’s fast and can shoot it,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “Those two things are undeniable. Those were the goal-scorer’s goals. He can change games with that kind of finishing.”