2 outstanding performances help the Chicago Blackhawks snap the Dallas Stars' 8-game win streak

Connor Bedard and Petr Mrazek guided the way to victory.
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The Chicago Blackhawks had no business snapping the Dallas Stars' eight-game win streak. They were outshot 44-17, and yet somehow the Hawks defeated the best team in the Western Conference 3-2 at the United Center.

The Blackhawks got all three goals in the second period when their expected goal for was .19 to Dallas' 1.55.

According to Natural Stat Trick, the Stars' final xGF was 3.5 to the Hawks .83. So yea, the Hawks stole this victory from Dallas. You normally do not say that when it comes to winning at home.

You can thank the Blackhawks' two most important players this season for the victory.

Connor Bedard snapped a seven-game streak without a goal when he got the Blackhawks on the board first in the second period.

Bedard also made a huge contribution on defense during the final moments of the game when Dallas went 6-on-5. Connor has been doing a great job of altering his immense offensive skills to fit in the NHL. His defense and faceoff skills are still lagging.

He came up with two big clearances at the end to help the Blackhawks steal the victory.

Goalie Petr Mrazek was outstanding in goal much like he has been all season. While his numbers are not Vezina Trophy worthy, he has been great all year at keeping the Hawks in games.

He did that against Dallas when he stopped 42 of 44 shots. He kept the Stars off the scoreboard through the first 35 minutes of the game.

Mrazek has been so steady in goal that he has become the rock of the team according to Bedard.

What has been the most impressive part of Mrazek's season is that he avoided his traditional stint on IR. This was his 50th start of the season which set a new career high. Hopefully, Mrazek can stay healthy again next season as they will need him to play well for another year until goaltender prospect Drew Commesso is ready for the NHL.

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