This game was even for the first 8 shifts and then it became a blowout quickly. Rest and practice by the Hawks was evident as they easily out-skated and outplayed the Dallas Stars all night long.
Early in the first the Stars had a couple of chances with a wide open net but couldn’t connect for the opening goal. The Stars went on a powerplay early in the first with a pretty weak penalty, but the Hawks were able to kill it off and gain the momentum. The Hawks got the first goal of the game off a nifty re-direct from a Nick Leddy shot/pass by the Captain. Jonathon Toews made it 2-0 nothing Hawks another shift later with a some good work in front of Kari Lehtonen who usually plays the Hawks tough but was no match for the avalanche of pressure the Hawks presented to him in the first period. Nick Leddy got the third goal of the game by joining the rush and tipping in a rebound. The Hawks out shot the Stars 10-0 after the Stars power play. The Hawks after some days of rest had great jump in their skates and it proved by their dominating the period.
Johnny Oduya scored with a rocket blast to make it 4-0 early in the 2nd period and that was all she wrote for Lehtonen’s night. The Hawks didn’t let up during the period with a 4-0 lead and with both sides playing 4 on 4 hockey Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane put on a 2 on 2 show with Kane setting up Hossa for a 5-0 lead. The Hawks late in the period were on a 5 on 3 powerplay after Antione Roussel started and finished a fight with Brent Seabrook. It was the only thing that the Stars would win on this evening. Marian Hossa scored his second of the night on the 5 on 3 powerplay to give the Hawks their 2nd 3 goal period of the game.
The highlight of the 8-1 blowout was the Patrick Kane spin-o-rama goal, a thing of beauty! 5 yes 5 Blackhawks had 3 point nights led by the Captain’s 2 goals and one assist. The only question heading to the third was shut-outs and hat tricks and none of them came to pass, but the Hawks leave Dallas healthy and a winner with a 8-1 win.
The Hawks next game is a revenge game when they head to Colorado Monday night puck drops at 8pm central.
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