DALLAS (AP) — Rookie Jason Robertson had a goal and an assist in the first period and the Dallas Stars beat Detroit 5-2 on Tuesday night to sweep back-to-back games against the Red Wings and extend their winning streak to four games.
Joe Pavelski, Tanner Kero, Blake Comeau and Jamie Oleksiak also scored for the Stars (19-14-12), who finished a 4-0-1 homestand. Dallas has a season-best eight-game point streak (6-0-2). The Stars are one point behind fourth-place Nashville for the Central Division’s last playoff spot with two games in hand.
Stars rookie goaltender Jake Oettinger made 24 saves and improved to 9-5-6.
Valtteri Filppula and Dylan Larkin scored for the Red Wings, who are 0-2-1 following a season-long three-game winning streak. Jonathan Bernier allowed all four goals on 12 shots and was replaced 3:36 into the second period by Thomas Greiss, who stopped 11 shots.
Robertson is second in rookie goals and points (35).
Kero scored 2:55 in, sending a wrist shot into the near top corner following a feed from Jamie Benn from the low slot. A little more than two minutes later, Robertson took a pass from Jason Dickinson, dipped his left knee and lifted a one-timer over Bernier.
Dallas’ third first-period goal resembled the first, with Robertson feeding Pavelski at the right post for his team-best 19th of the season.
Oleksiak came up on the rush on the goal that chased Bernier. About 80 seconds later, Filppula got the Red Wings on the board with a wrist shot to the stick side.
Larkin scored with the extra attacker at 16:13, and Dallas answered with Comeau adding an empty-net goal.
The teams will play Thursday at Detroit for the third of four straight games against each other. Dallas is playing nine of its remaining 11 games on the road.