Stars Shutout Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks were passed up for sixth place Thursday as the Dallas Stars blew out Chicago. Corey Crawford started, but was pulled from the ice after allowing three goals. The Blackhawks struggled to put the puck in the net and fell to the stars without scoring once.

Jamie Benn extended his point streak to nine games with a goal and an assist, Kari Lehtonen made 23 saves for his 16th NHL shutout, and the Dallas Stars beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-0 on Thursday night.

Steve Ott, Brenden Morrow, Jason Williams and Brandon Segal added goals for Dallas, which ended a two-game skid.

Mike Ribeiro and Brad Richards had two assists each in support of Lehtonen, who has two shutouts in four games.

Chicago dropped to 9-2-2 in its last 13 games.

The Stars finished 3-1 against the Blackhawks this season and went 5-2-1 against Chicago the past two seasons.

Richards connected with Ott on a long stretch pass, and Ott converted on a breakaway at 17:37 of the first period to stop a 16-game drought.

Benn made it 2-0 at 1:01 of the second, scoring his 21st goal with a one-timer from the right circle off a 2-on-1 break with Ribeiro. Benn has eight goals in nine games, the NHL’s longest current point streak.

Morrow extended the lead at 3:35 of the second on another one-timer from the right circle.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville then pulled rookie goalie Corey Crawford in favor of former Stars netminder Marty Turco.

Williams gave his team a four-goal advantage at 2:54 of the third when he scored into an open net after intercepting Turco’s attempt at a clearing pass up the right boards. Segal then scored off a rebound with 8:08 left.

Notes: Dallas recalled Segal from the Texas of the AHL. He adds forward depth with RW Loui Eriksson out because of an upper body injury. Segal went to the dressing room for stitches after his head was cut in a first-period fight with Jake Dowell. Segal returned for the second period. … Dallas forward Adam Burish (lower body) sat out his third consecutive game. … Lehtonen has started 12 straight and played in his 58th game this season. Injuries limited Lehtonen to 58 games over the previous two seasons. … Lehtonen received an assist on Ott’s goal, his franchise-record sixth this season. … D Brian Campbell (left leg), C Dave Bolland (concussion), LW Bryan Bickell (illness) and D Jordan Hendry (knee) were out for Chicago.

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  • CH

    Amessage for Jon Montgomery I think you might want to look back at the previous Hawk losses I said some very nice things about you next time I’d watch who you call a tool A@#@#@e. FYI STAN BOWMAN has already ruined this team

    • Jon, Montgomery

      hey, i read your comments, and i chose not to respond because you were, (once again), acting like a child.

      look, i can tell you’re a real hawks fan, but i still don’t understand how you can truly believe stan bowman is the reason the team isn’t as good as last year.

      • CH

        Good for you so all you got to do is keep your mouth shut if you don’t like my comments refer to this. Yes you can blame Stan Bowman for being in experienced basically they handed this nguy a brand new Vette and all he’s done is wreck it.

  • Jon, Montgomery

    i’m almost glad i missed this game, (patty’s day), what a poor performance.

    let’s hope they give some effort on sunday in another big game against phoenix.


      Hey Jon,

      I, honestly, thought their next opponent was the Panthers. Where do I get my information?
      It was a tightly called game that was over the minute Bill McCrarry called a minor at the outset of the ‘hawks double minor.
      And, poor Turco–you can’t do that!
      That first period gave you no indication how the rest of the game would play out.
      And, I think Keith took one in the knutsens also.

  • Tim in PA

    Hey the Blackhawks got the better end of the fight, so why didn’t that equate to a vicotry? Why didn’t it pump up the players to rally and win?

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