Blackhawks romp to 8-1 win over Stars in Dallas
The Blackhawks are clearly ready to start another winning streak, as they took their second win in a row, this one an 8-1 romp over the Stars on Dallas ice.
It took Chicago more than six minutes to get their first recorded SOG, but after that, the floodgates were opened - the Blackhawks would outshoot the Stars 11-3 in the first period. Three of those would be goals: Jonathan Toews opened the scoring at 9:05, a redirect off a Leddy shot. Toews would score again under two minutes later to give Chicago a 2-0 lead; and then Nick Leddy shoveled in a goal on the Dallas doorstep to make it 3-0 with 2:06 left in the period.
Although the Blackhawks didn't score again until 8:01 in the second, the rout was on: Johnny Oduya made it 4-0. After that goal, Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was pulled, and Richard Bachman was sent in.
Four minutes later, Marian Hossa put in Chicago's fifth -- all goals even-handed. Hossa scored again, this time on the power play, with under a minute left in the second, to put the Blackhawks up 6-0.
The assault continued in the third, with Duncan Keith getting his second goal of the season 2:06. Dallas finally broke Corey Crawford's shut out bid on a Trevor Daley PPG at the 6:30 mark. Patrick Kane did a slick spin-o-rama to make it 8-1 Blackhawks at 9:59, another power play goal.
It was a dominant night for the Blackhawks all around, and that allowed coach Joel Quenneville to spread out his minutes. No Chicago player broke 22 minutes TOI; Duncan Keith came closest at 21:23 followed by Niklas Hjalmarsson at 20:33. Jonathan Toews (2G, 1A) only played 16:41; Brandon Saad (18:21) and Andrew Shaw (17:01) saw the most time among forwards.
It means the Blackhawks will go into their next game - Monday night at Colorado - more rested, and ready to make up for the March 8th wash out.
Chicago outshot Dallas 34-19. The Stars had their most SOG in the third but were still outshot that period 14-11. The only player on the Stars not a negative in the +/- column for the night was Derek Roy. Brenden Dillon led Dallas with 5; Viktor Stalberg led Chicago with 6.
Five Blackhawks had a 3-point night: Nick Leddy (1G, 2A), Jonathan Toews (2G, 1A), Viktor Stalberg (3A), Bryan Bickell (3A), and Patrick Kane (1G, 2A). Three more had a 2-point game: Duncan Keith (1G, 1A), Brandon Saad (2A), and Marian Hossa (2G).
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Final score: Blackhawks 8, Stars 1
CHI goals: Toews (2), Leddy, Oduya, Hossa (2), Keith, Kane
DAL goals: Daley
1) Jonathan Toews
2) Marian Hossa
3) Patrick Kane
Winning goalie: Corey Crawford (1 GAA, .947 sv%)
Losing goalie: Kari Lehtonen (4 GAA, .765 sv%) (L) / relief goalie Richard Bachman 4 GAA .765 sv%
Next games: Monday 3/18 8:00pm CDT at Colorado; Wed 3/20 9:00pm CDT at Anaheim