Blackhawks Topple Stars 5-2
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DALLAS (AP) — Marian Hossa scored two goals and the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Dallas Stars 5-2 Saturday night.
Patrick Sharp assisted on the first four goals for Chicago.
Patrick Kane added a power-play goal and Niklas Hjalmarsson had a short-handed empty-net goal and Jonathan Toews also scored for Chicago.
The Blackhawks used two short passes across the ice, from Sharp and Andrew Shaw across the ice to Kane, to set up the game-winning shot at 18:15 of the second period.
Against Chicago’s penalty-killing unit, which ranked last in the NHL, Dallas failed to score on six power plays. The Stars are 0 for 24 at home this season.
Hossa evened the score 1-1 in the first period after Cody Eakin had scored for Dallas. Toews scored midway through the second period, after a goal by Tyler Seguin.
Eakin scored at the end of what was virtually a 4-minute power play because of consecutive minor penalties against Chicago.
Hjalmarsson had barely returned to the ice from serving a tripping penalty when Trevor Daley took a backhand shot. Chicago goalie Corey Crawford tried to control the rebound, but Dallas’ Shawn Horcoff and Eakin poked at the puck and it crossed the goal line. Crawford finished with 31 saves.
Eakin’s goal came at 6:10, 2 seconds after Hjalmarsson’s penalty had expired. He had gone into the penalty box just 1 second after teammate Brandon Saad’s high sticking penalty ended.
The Blackhawks tied the game at 16:51 of the first when Toews passed across the goalmouth to Hossa.
Chicago’s late first-period rally pulled the Blackhawks within one shot on goal of the Stars at 11-10.
In the second period, Dallas continued to put pressure on Crawford. It paid off at 6:54. Seguin took a pass from Jamie Benn and fired in a shot from an angle low in the right faceoff circle.
The Blackhawks continued to frustrate the Stars’ power play, killing off two more power plays in the period.
Chicago tied the score 2-2 at 10:19. Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped a short-range shot by Toews, but Toews maneuvered around defenseman Brenden Dillon to knock in his own rebound. Lehtonen finished with 26 saves.
On the Blackhawks’ first power play, their only man advantage, they took their first lead. After a one-man rush into the Chicago end, the Stars were late getting back before Kane’s shot from the right circle beat Lehtonen.
Dallas’ goalie stopped a breakaway by Kane 23 seconds before the period ended.
Notes: Dallas entered the game as the only NHL team that hadn’t scored on a power play at home this season. … The Stars had been on a three-game winning streak. Their previous seven games had been decided by one goal. … Chicago center Michal Handzus was inactive for the seventh consecutive game because of an upper-body injury. … On several occasions, Chicago fans in the arena chanted, “Let’s go, Hawks!”
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