Dec 5, 2013; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forwardBrandon Saad
(20) celebrates his goal during the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Blackhawks 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Blackhawks squared off against the Dallas Stars for the fourth time this season. The Blackhawks are riding high after crushing the Florida Panthers on Sunday night 6-2. Meanwhile, the Stars are coming off a 5-1 victory over the Flyers. Tyler Seguin recorded a hat trick against the Flyers. The Blackhawks are first in the NHL central division with a record of 21-6-5. The Stars are coming in ranked 5th in the central with a record of 14-9-5. This has been a budding rivalry in this season. This was the first game since the Corey Crawford injury.
Here is the period breakdown:
1st period: The 1st period would be filled with near misses by both teams. However the Blackhawks would get off to a great start. Michael Kostka who just came up from a conditioning assignment scored an early goal. The goal barely crossed the goal line but after a review from the war room in Toronto. It was ruled a good goal. The goal was setup by great work from Ben Smith and Marcus Kruger. The Blackhawks later in the period would be given a five on three power-play for a 1.51. The Blackhawks would have five great chances, but they were unable to score. When momentum was swinging in the Stars favor. Brent Seabrook would hit Patrick Kane with a nice pass to spring Kane on the breakaway. Kane would score giving the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead. The Stars would have their chances. Jamie Benn would whiff on one of their best chances. The end of the first period would get chippy with Antonie Roussel taking a run at Brandon Bollig. The Blackhawks would lead 2-0 after the first period.
2nd period: The Blackhawks would blow this game wide open in the second period. The Blackhawks would follow the motto: score early and score often. The scoring would start very early in the second. Brandon Saad would out work the Stars defense for the third goal of the game for the Blackhawks. Saad scored 2:46 into the second period. The Saad goal would be open the flood gates for the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks would lead 3-0 after the Saad goal and the lead would keep growing.
Patrick Sharp would net his 13th goal of the season on the Blackhawks power-play. The Blackhawks lead would be 4-0. Three minutes later, Patrick Sharp would go forehand backhand and score on Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen. The Blackhawks would chase Lehtonen and lead 5-0. However the villian, Antoine Roussel would put the Stars on the board with a soft goal. Antti Raanta should have stopped the Roussel shot. The Blackhawks would answer the Roussel goal with another goal of their own. Saad would net his second goal of the period. Dan Ellis who replaced Lehtonen gave up two goals in the second period.
There would be several controversal hits by the Stars, one by Alex Goligoski on Johnny Oduya. Goligoski’s skate hit Oduya in the face, luckly it did not cut him. Rousssel also took some “liberties” with Blackhawks players. The second period ended with the Blackhawks leading 6-1.
3rd period: The third period would be uneventful in terms of Blackhawks scoring. Goligoski would net a garbage goal with 18.7 second left. Roussel would hit Nick Leddy in the head with a stick, but did not receive a penalty. With 18.7 second left in the game, Jeremy Morin was jawing with Roussel on the faceoff. After the faceoff, Kris Versteeg would cross check Roussel as he went by him. Roussell would go at Versteeg and Morin would step in for Versteeg. The final score would be 6-2 in favor of the Blackhawks.
News and notes:
- Michael Kostka returned after missing 24 games this season.
- Patrick Kane has extended his point streak to six games.
- The Blackhawks power-play has eight goals in their last five games.
- Brandon Saad has four goals in his last four games.
- The Blackhawks were five for five on the penalty kill.
- Jonathan Toews reached 400 career points with an assist tonight.
- Six goals matches the Blackhawks season high in goals.
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