Brett Hull's power-play goal midway through the third period last night gave the Dallas Stars a 3-2 win over the Red Wings in Detroit in an early matchup of Western Conference powers.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Stars had a two-man advantage when Hull fired a pass from Joe Nieuwendyk past Detroit goalie Ken Wregget 11 minutes 18 seconds into the period to break a 2-2 tie.
Detroit is 1-4-0 in its last five regular season games against Dallas.
The Stars won despite being outshot, 34-14, and generally outplayed by Detroit. Dallas also played for the first time without Mike Modano and Darryl Sydor, who were both injured during a 2-0 win Saturday over Anaheim in incidents that drew NHL suspensions for three Mighty Ducks players.
"I think we stole a couple of points," Nieuwendyk said. "Sometimes during the course of an 82-game schedule that's going to happen."
Sergei Zubov had a goal and an assist and Blake Sloan scored his first career goal for Dallas, which improved to 3-0.
Larry Murphy and Steve Duchesne scored goals in the second period for the Red Wings.
Dallas goaltender Ed Belfour made 32 saves.
SENATORS 2, RANGERS 1: Backup goalie Patrick Lalime made 37 saves and Marian Hossa scored twice as Ottawa spoiled New York's home opener by winning for the fourth straight time at Madison Square Garden.
Kirk McLean made 25 saves for the Rangers, who got a goal from Kevin Stevens.
AVALANCHE 3, PREDATORS 2: Joe Sakic batted in Chris Drury's waist-high pass on a power play with 5:15 left for Colorado's second goal in a minute as the visiting Avalanche rallied in their season opener. Nashville twice took the lead on Colorado, but the Avalanche answered each time by scoring within the next minute.
"It was a perfect strike-zone pitch," Sakic said of the pass. "He's a pitcher, so he knows where to put it."
Drury pitched for Trumbull, Conn., in the 1989 Little League World Series.