Blackhawks Top Stars, Move Closer To Playoff Berth
CHICAGO (AP) — Andrew Shaw and Duncan Keith each had a goal and an assist, and the Chicago Blackhawks held on for a 4-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.
Kris Versteeg and Marian Hossa also scored for Chicago, which needs just one more point to clinch a playoff berth for the sixth straight season. Patrick Sharp added two assists to help Chicago finish 4-1 against Dallas in the Central Division rivals’ regular-season series.
Ryan Garbutt scored twice for the Stars, who fell three points behind Phoenix for the final Western Conference playoff berth.
Chicago’s Corey Crawford made 25 saves, while Dallas’ Kari Lehtonen blocked 38 shots.
Dallas’s Tyler Seguin set up Garbutt’s goal in the second period to extend his point streak to 10 games. He has seven goals and 10 assists during the run.
Blackhawks top prospect Teuvo Teravainen didn’t record a point in his NHL debut. The 19-year-old forward was Chicago’s first-round draft pick in 2012 and led his team in Finland, Jokerit, in scoring this season.
Chicago played its third game without star forward Patrick Kane, who is on long-term injured reserve and may miss the rest of the regular season.
Dallas had several good chances early, including Garbutt’s breakaway just over 2 minutes in. Crawford stopped his close-in rising shot with a glove save.
Chicago took charge as the period progressed. Lehtonen stopped Jonathan Toews on two point-blank chances in the final minutes.
Shaw swept in a rebound of Patrick Sharp’s shot from the blue line with a highlight-reel effort with 18 seconds left in the first to open the scoring. Shaw was knocked to the ice by Dallas defenseman Trevor Daley in the crease, but backhanded in the loose puck as he fell to his knees and while facing away from the net.
Versteeg was credited with a goal at 4:12 of the second that made it 2-0.
After Dallas’ Antoine Roussel failed to clear the puck, Versteeg slid a pass toward Hossa who was cruising in down the slot. Rousell reached with his stick to break up the pass, but deflected the pucks past Lehtonen.
Garbutt didn’t miss on his second breakaway of the game, and cut it to 2-1 midway through the second.
He skated in behind the Blackhawks defense after Seguin banked a pass off the left boards from the Stars zone. Garbutt cut across the crease and slipped a backhander between Crawford’s pads.
Keith restored Chicago’s two-goal lead at 3-1 with 5:45 left in the period on a fluttering screened shot from the left point.
Garbutt second goal cut it to 3-2 with 5:40 left in the third.
Following Nick Leddy’s turnover in the right corner of the Chicago zone, Garbutt carried the puck to the net. Crawford stopped his first shot, but Garbutt stuffed in the rebound from right side of the goal.
Hossa fired into an empty net with 33.3 seconds left to complete the scoring.
Notes: Keith is second among defensemen in scoring with six goals and 51 assists. … Blackhawks F Bryan Bickell (upper-body) and D Michal Rozsival (lower-body) each missed their third games with injuries. … Dallas F Erik Cole sat out his third game with an upper-body injury. … Long-time Blackhawks beat writer Tim Sassone, who passed away Tuesday, was honored with a moment of silence before the game. He covered the team for the Arlington Heights, Ill. Daily Herald for the past 26 years.
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