DALLAS -- Despite being outshot and missing star center Pavel Datsyuk, the Detroit Red Wings received two goals from left wing and captain Henrik Zetterberg to hand the Dallas Stars a 5-1 defeat at American Airlines Center.
Detroit (19-14-10, 48 points) started a five-game road trip with goals also from center Joakim Andersson, left wing Drew Miller and left wing Tomas Tatar. Goaltender Jimmy Howard made 43 saves for the Red Wings.
The Stars, who outshot the Red Wings 44-27, received their lone goal from center Rich Peverley, a first-period shorthanded score.
Dallas (20-14-7, 47 points) generated the game's first 12 shots, but it was Detroit that scored first when Zetterberg fired an intercepted pass into the Stars net 7:04 into the game.
Stars center Tyler Seguin was attempting to clear the puck but his pass went instead to Zetterberg and he finished with a wrister from the left circle.
Zetterberg added a second goal at 12:39 of the third when he blistered a one-timer past Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who relieved starter Dan Ellis after one period. Zetterberg's shot rang off the post before going in.
Dallas answered at 12:47 of the first when Peverley beat Howard with a wrister to his short side, a shorthanded goal, to tie the game. Peverley's shot from the left circle found the gap between Howard and the left post for his sixth of the season.
Detroit generated another quality opportunity at 14:02 when left wing Dustin Abdelkader was awarded a penalty shot after being tripped by Dallas defenseman Brendan Dillon on a breakaway. However, Abdelkader was unable to slip a shot inside the left post.
The Red Wings pulled ahead again at 1:55 before the first intermission when Andersson's wrister from the right circle sailed under Ellis' right shoulder for his seventh goal of the season.
Fourteen seconds later, the visitors struck again. This time it was Miller scoring for Detroit. Ellis had attempted to send the puck around the right side of the boards from behind his net.
But the puck squirted past Dallas defenseman Jordie Benn and right to Abdelkader, who sent a shot to the Dallas net from the left point. Ellis denied Abdelkader's attempt, but Miller was waiting to poke in the rebound, which he did for his fifth of the season.
Dallas made a change in net to begin the second period as Lehtonen came on for Ellis, who allowed three goals on 13 shots in the opening 20 minutes.
The Stars also lost defenseman Aaron Rome after the first period to an upper-body injury. Rome did not play in the second period and was ruled out at the beginning of the third.
Peverley narrowly missed a second goal of the game at 9:35 into the second when his backhand from the left circle was stopped by Howard. The puck trickled through and went over the line but after a review, the goal was nullified due to a whistle after Howard's save.
The Red Wings scored again at 11:57 of the second when Tatar beat Lehtonen with a backhand for his eighth of the season.
Lehtonen stopped 12 shots in relief for the Stars, who finished their five-game homestand at 2-2-1.
NOTES: Red Wings C Pavel Datsyuk (lower body), D Danny DeKeyser (groin) and C Darren Helm (groin) were scratched by Detroit. ... Stars C Dustin Jeffrey and C Chris Mueller, who was recalled from AHL Texas earlier in the day, were scratched by Dallas. ... With Datsyuk out, Detroit RW Mikael Samuelsson, a healthy scratch for the past six games, returned to the ice for the first time since Dec. 17 against Anaheim. ... Dallas C Rich Peverley and C Tyler Seguin, who missed practice on Friday due to illness, participated in the morning skate and were both in the lineup. ... Red Wings D Alexey Marchenko, who was recalled from AHL Grand Rapids on Friday, made his NHL debut and was paired with D Kyle Quincey. ... The first-period short-handed goal by Dallas C Rich Peverley was just the second allowed by Detroit this season. ... Attendance was 17,232.