Hawks down Stars on 'Teuvo Tuesday'

After a flat performance on Sunday against the Predators, the Hawks came out with a purpose and put away a 4-2 win against a Dallas Stars team desperate for points as the playoff race continues.  Corey Crawford was sharp in the win with 25 saves.

 

The buzz around the UC was that Teuvo Teravainen would be making his NHL debut.  He would get a cheer from the crowd on his first shift, and while he didn’t earn any points in his debut, he made a couple solid defensive plays and held his own against much bigger and stronger NHL players.

 

The Hawks got their first goal in the dying seconds of the first on a power play with Cody Eakin in the penalty box for goaltender interference.  After a rebound bounced off goaltender Kari Lehtonen, winger Andrew Shaw made a beautiful backhand on his knees to slide the puck just past a sprawilng Lehtonen.

 

The Hawks would double their lead less than five minute into the second as a shot by Kris Versteeg was tipped by a Dallas player past Lehtonen’s glove.

 

The Stars would pull within one on a pretty goal by Ryan Garbutt, after Tyler Seguin made a good play to get him the puck on a breakaway that he roofed past Crawford on his backhand.

 

Chicago would get their two goal lead back just a few minutes later on a blast from Duncan Keith that whistled past Lehtonen to give the Hawks their third goal in less than 20 minutes.

 

The Stars wouldn’t go quietly, however, as Garbutt would get the puck past Crawford on a second stuff attempt.  Crawford would make the initial stop, but Garbutt was able to cash in on the rebound with just over five minutes remaining in the game.

 

That would be the last goal for Dallas, as Marian Hossa put away an empty-net goal for the win after an apparent empty-net goal by Niklas Hjalmarsson was waived off because it was tipped by a high stick.

 

The game had to have a little drama though, and with 20 seconds to go Brandon Bollig and Antoine Roussel dropped the gloves in a heavy-weight bout that got the crowd roaring.  

 

Stars of the Game:

1. Duncan Keith: 1 G, 1 A, 5 SOG, 27:09 TOI

2. Andrew Shaw:1 G, 1 A, 1 H, 16:01 TOI

3. Ryan Garbutt: 2 G, 0 A, 15:45 TOI

 

Quick Hits

Tonight in his regular season NHL debut, rookie Teravainen skated for ... TOI with blank shots on goal.

Today well-known Blackhawks beat reporter Tim Sassone passed away after covering the Hawks for over 25 years.  The Hawks honored the memory of Sassone with a moment of silence tonight before the anthem.

Today in Blackhawks history, Bobby Hull scored his 600th career goal in 1972, in a game against the Boston Bruins.

 

The Hawks travel to Boston on Thursday for a Stanley Cup Final rematch against the Bruins at 6:00 p.m. CT.  

 

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