RECAP: Robby Fabbri’s hat trick just enough as Detroit Red Wings edge Dallas Stars

Mar 18, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) skates away from Dallas Stars right wing Denis Gurianov (34) during the first period at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Robby Fabbri notched his second career hat trick and the host Detroit Red Wings held off the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Thursday.

Fabbri scored in each period as Detroit built a 3-0 lead, then held off the Stars’ rally. Fabbri’s other hat trick came against Philadelphia on Dec. 28, 2016, as a member of the St. Louis Blues.

Jonathan Bernier, Detroit’s starting goaltender, was injured late in the second period after stopping all 22 shots he faced. He was replaced by Thomas Greiss, who made 16 saves.

Roope Hintz and Jason Dickinson scored the Stars’ goals. Dallas had a 40-21 advantage in shots on goal.
Dallas outshot Detroit 14-4 in the first period, but the Wings emerged with the lead.

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Fabbri scored his first goal of the night with six minutes remaining in the first period.

The goal came during a 4-on-4, as Dallas’ Ty Dellandrea was in the penalty box for interference and Vladislav Namestnikov was sent off for embellishment.

Troy Stecher passed the puck out of his zone to Fabbri, who tipped it toward Anthony Mantha.

Mantha brought the puck past the blue line and drew two defenders, then dropped the puck to Fabbri, who fired a shot from the slot that beat Jake Oettinger on the stick side.

Fabbri’s second goal came at 6:36 of the second period. Marc Staal collected the puck in his own zone and made a cross-ice pass to Fabbri on the right side. Fabbri lifted a shot from the right circle over Oettinger’s left shoulder.

Bernier was injured with 1:28 remaining in the period when two players fell on him as he pursued the puck behind the net.

Fabbri benefited from a 2-on-1 situation to notch the hat trick. Dylan Larkin fanned on a shot but managed to tap the puck to Fabbri in front with 10:55 remaining.

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Hintz ended Detroit’s shutout bid when he tipped in a Denis Gurianov shot with 9:30 remaining. Joel Hanley added the second assist.

With Dallas’ net empty, Dickinson scored on a tip-in of a Jason Robertson shot from the point with 1:20 remaining to make it a one-goal game. Radek Faksa had the second assist.

–Field Level Media