The Chicago Blackhawks traveled to Dallas Texas on Saturday night to face the Dallas Stars in a Central Divisional battle with the Stars in almost do or die mode while the Blackhawks were fighting to inch closer to First place in the Central Division, and this is how things transpired from Dallas.
The first thing you noticed from the TV coverage was how loud the Chicago Blackhawks fanbase was in Dallas Saturday night. They didn’t have a lot to cheer about in the first period after a couple of really poor powerplays for the Chicago Blackhawks. The Dallas Stars got on the board after the second powerplay halfway through the first period when Patrick Eaves was left all alone in front of Corey Crawford and didn’t miss. The Blackhawks and Stars both got off 9 shots in the first period but it was the Stars with the better chances and when they got on the powerplay Tyler Seguin knocked in a rebound and a 2-0 lead.
Two things noticeable in the first period was that Michal Rozsival has no business being on the ice for the Blackhawks and that Joakim Nordstrom can be in position but cannot finish anything offensively which really hurts the fourth line who really had the best chances in the first period.
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The second period was one of the worst periods of hockey I’ve witnessed from the Blackhawks in a long time. The Stars dominated the period and it easily could have been 5-0 but Corey Crawford saved the day time after time and the Stars shooting was really bad. Twice the Stars had open nets for tap in goals and totally missed the net.
The Hawks didn’t have much going on offensively with their best chance a Marian Hossa breakaway but Kari Lehtonen was really sharp through the first two periods and after two periods the Stars remained up 2-0. There isn’t much else to say about the Hawks play, the Stars are desperate and the Hawks weren’t playing with a sense of urgency.
The Chicago Blackhawks only needed a goal to get back into the contest, but Niklas Hjalmarsson was called for high sticking and moments later a redicrected shot was behind Corey Crawford. It looked like the Blackhawks could get on the scoreboard when Brandon Saad was awarded his first ever penalty shot, but like all other shots on this night Lehtonen was able to stop the puck.
A late Jason Spezza goal made the final score 4-0 and the Hawks on this night would not be making up any ground in the Central Division. Back at it on Monday night in Carolina!!
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