Stars hope to continue late-season surge vs. Wings

Solid defense and goaltending have produced a three-game winning streak for the Dallas Stars. They will look to extend it when they travel to Detroit for the Red Wings’ home finale on Monday night.The Stars have allowed just one goal in each of those wins against Nashville, Philadelphia and Vegas. The 2-1 triumph over the Western Conference-leading Golden Knights required a shootout on Saturday.Jake Oettinger made 19 saves in regulation and overtime, then stopped all three shots in the shootout. He made a pad save against Paul Cotter to preserve the win.”God gave me long legs, so thankful for that,” Oettinger said. “Just felt it on the end of my foot there, so I was hoping it stayed out, and happy it did.”Roope Hintz scored the only goal during the shootout and Joel Kiviranta had the Stars’ lone goal in regulation. Kiviranta’s goal was his eighth this season.”It was a big fourth line goal,” Stars coach Peter DeBoer said. “They got a fourth line goal in the first, we got a fourth line goal in the second. That was the story of the game. It wasn’t the prettiest, but we found a way and got a lot of contributions.”The Stars (44-21-14, 102 points) are batting Colorado and Minnesota for the Central Division title with three games to go.It was the type of contest Dallas will likely experience in the playoffs.”It’s going to be tight games like that,” Hintz said. “It’s going to be heavy, hard games like that was, so I think that was good.”Getting the victory in a defensive struggle was noteworthy to the Stars’ coach as well.”It was a big two points,” DeBoer said. “It wasn’t pretty, and we didn’t have our best stuff, but we grinded and found a way to get the result that we needed.”