Vranas four goals help Red Wings end Stars point streak at eight

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DETROIT — Jakub Vrana scored an NHL career-high four goals, and the Detroit Red Wings ended the Dallas Stars’ eight-game point streak with a 7-3 win at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday.

The Stars (19-15-12) had won their past four as part of a 6-0-2 stretch, including home wins against the Red Wings on Monday (3-2) and Tuesday (5-2).

Vrana became the first Red Wings player with a four-goal game since Anthony Mantha did it in a 4-3 win against the Stars on Oct. 6, 2019. Vrana was acquired from the Washington Capitals in a trade for Mantha on April 12.

The Red Wings (17-25-7) got five goals from the players they acquired for Mantha, with Richard Panik scoring. Thomas Greiss made 43 saves for Detroit.

Anton Khudobin allowed three goals on nine shots for Dallas before being replaced by Jake Oettinger to begin the second period. Oettinger made 10 saves.

The Red Wings took a 1-0 lead when Vrana scored off a pass from Filip Zadina at 9:50 of the first period. 

Luke Glendening made it 2-0 at 15:35, tipping Marc Staal‘s high shot off the ice.

Detroit made it 3-0 at 19:49 when Khudobin tried to make a basket catch of a looping puck and dropped it. Panik tapped the puck in at the left post. 

Radek Faksa‘s power-play goal pulled Dallas within 3-1 at 2:07 of the second period, but Vrana made it 4-1 at 6:50 with a deflection of Danny DeKeyser‘s shot.

Joe Pavelski scored with a backhand at 12:46 to get the Stars within 4-2, but Vrana scored his third of the game at 10:09 of the third period to make it 5-2.

Denis Gurianov made it 5-3 with a power-play goal at 13:29, but Vrana scored his fourth to make it 6-3 at 15:48.

Sam Gagner scored an empty-net goal for the 7-3 final at 18:47.

The teams play again here Saturday.

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