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Stars beat Red Wings 2-1 in home opener - Jan 23rd, 2013 - Sports

— Michael Ryder scored in the first and third periods, and Kari Lehtonen came within 3.4 seconds of a shutout in the Dallas Stars' 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

Lehtonen made 39 saves, but allowed Damien Brunner's first career goal in the final seconds. Ryder had already added an insurance goal with 14:26 to play.

Detroit's Jimmy Howard had 30 saves — including 16 in the second period — to keep his team in it.

— Tomas Holmstrom has made his retirement official after 15 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings.

Holmstrom's announcement Tuesday was no surprise, but the Red Wings held a news conference before their home opener to give the Swedish winger a chance to reflect on a career that included four Stanley Cups and over 1,000 regular-season games.

Holmstrom, who turns 40 on Wednesday, says he had the greatest job in the world.

Last season, Holmstrom had 11 goals and 13 assists in 74 games — the 24 points were his lowest total since 1997-98, his second season.

The gritty forward was known for his hard-nosed play in front of the net.