When Michael Ryder scored in the third period to give Dallas a two-goal lead, Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen relaxed a bit.

By the time the Detroit Red Wings finally put the puck past him, it was too late to make any difference.

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

Lehtonen made 39 saves and allowed only Damien Brunner's first career goal just before time expired.

"It was fairly easy the first 50 minutes I would say, then Detroit came a lot harder," Lehtonen said. "It was nice to have that two-goal lead. It made it a little more calm."

Ryder had already scored 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.

Detroit went 0 for 4 with the man advantage and is 0 for 15 on the season.

Detroit's fans were ready for the Red Wings' first home game after the lockout.

It was the 72nd consecutive sellout for an NHL game at Joe Louis Arena, and the crowd roared when Tomas Holmstrom came out to drop the ceremonial first puck. Holmstrom announced his retirement earlier Tuesday after 15 seasons with the Red Wings.

Holmstrom called his career the best job in the world.

It just wasn't always glamorous.

"Some people may think I've been crazy all those years, taking thousands of cross-checkings to my neck, to my head, to my back," Holmstrom said. "Then having my teammates shooting hundred-mile-an-hour pucks at me."

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    Devils 3, Flyers 0: Martin Brodeur made 24 saves for his 120th NHL shutout, Ilya Kovalchuk scored on a short-handed penalty shot, and New Jersey won its home opener in front of an enthusiastic sellout crowd.

    The Flyers dropped to 0-3, matching their worst start since they also lost their first three games in the lockout-shortened 1995 season.

    Blackhawks 3, Blues 2: Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook and Viktor Stalberg scored to back Corey Crawford, and host Chicago hung on to beat St. Louis.

    Jets 4, Capitals 2: Evander Kane and Blake Wheeler each provided a goal and an assist, and Winnipeg suddenly transformed into an offensive juggernaut, beating Alex Ovechkin's struggling Capitals to end Washington's 10-game winning streak in home openers.