Blackhawks end Stars’ streak
Corey Crawford was the hero for the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night as he recorded a shutout – his first of the season – against the in-form Dallas Stars.
The Stars went into the game at the United Center as favourites with sports betting companies, having won their last seven, but they were left disappointed by a 3-0 scoreline.
Patrick Kane was on target for the Blackhawks, extending his run of points to 13 games, against a team that they had lost to in a shootout at the weekend
For the Stars, who have now fallen one game short of recording the longest winning streak in the history of the franchise, Anton Khudobin came up with 35 saves but was unable to prevent the Blackhawks from getting a hard-fought win.
Speaking to the media after the game, Radek Faksa, the Dallas forward, said that it was hard to play a third game in four nights, but ultimately their ineffectiveness in front of the net was the problem:
“It was tough. But we had to play smart with changes, and we felt good. We just didn’t score goals. It’s tough. Tough to win when you don’t score goals.”
Chicago secured the lead when Brandon Saad fired into the net from the right, following a pass by Erik Gustafsson, making it 1-0 halfway through the first period.
That remained the scoreline until 10:42 in the third, when Kane bagged his 22nd point, scoring on a power play, and extending his point streak to 13, which ties him with four other players in the NHL.
The Stars pushed hard to get back into the game, but they were unable to make any headway, and they ended up conceding a third goal at 17:20 as Connor Murphy clinched the win for Chicago.
The victory for the Blackhawks lifts them off the bottom of the NHL Central Division, ahead of the Minnesota Wild, though they now trail the St. Louis Blues at the top of the division by nine points and will next meet the mid-division Colorado Avalanche.
The Stars, who face the Blues on Friday in a top-of-the-division clash, are still second in the standings, two points behind St. Louis, having played a game more.
Words: Stijn Janssen