Luke Glendening broke out of a drought and scored for the first time in 19 games. Then he did it again.
His pair of goals Monday at American Airlines Center pulled the Detroit Red Wings even with the Dallas Stars, and a solid performance by Thomas Greiss forced the game to a shootout. The Stars ended up winning, 3-2, after five rounds.
The Stars, last season’s Stanley Cup runner-up, are trying to gain ground on the playoff picture after enduring postponements because of the pandemic and the weather. They scored in the first period, but Glendening made it 1-1 at 7:45 of the second period.
The momentum from that goal didn’t last long, however, as Jason Robertson’s willingness to battle in front of the net put the Stars ahead again within 4 minutes. Robertson outmuscled Gustav Lindstrom to get a stick on Roope Hintz’s shot, stuffing the puck on Thomas Greiss.
Glendening showed off his net-front skills at 16:55, redirecting a shot by Alex Biega, who earned his second assist of the game.
Greiss made 34 saves through overtime.
The Wings (16-24-7) play the Stars again Tuesday.
Jakub Vrana, acquired April 12 at the deadline in the Anthony Mantha trade, was unavailable because of a non-COVID-related illness. Robby Fabbri missed an eighth consecutive game with an undisclosed injury. Evgeny Svechnikov returned after being sidelined two games with an undisclosed injury and was back on a line with Dylan Larkin and Filip Zadina. Vrana’s absence prompted the Wings to go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen.
Penalty kill dinged
The Wings came into the game having killed 12 straight penalties dating to April 10. The Stars went on a power play at 15:07 of the first period when Darren Helm accidentally flipped the puck over the glass. The Stars needed just 43 seconds to convert. Hintz got the puck from Miro Heiskanen in the left circle. Hintz waited for Michael Rasmussen to go down, then fired the puck around him and past Greiss.
Svechnikov earns assist
Svechnikov served a penalty for high-sticking at 5:25 of the second period. He joined play when he came out of the box, taking a feed from Biega and firing the puck on net. Anton Khudobin stopped that shot, but he wasn’t fast enough to stop Glendening’s swipe at the rebound. That gave Svechnikov his sixth point in 15 games.
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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Red Wings fall in shootout, 3-2, after Luke Glendening's pair