Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - The Chicago Blackhawks began a new winning
streak Saturday with an 8-1 thrashing of the Dallas Stars at American Airlines
Chicago captain Jonathan Toews had two goals and an assist, Marian Hossa
lit the lamp twice and Patrick Kane registered a goal and two helpers in the
The Blackhawks had dropped two in a row following their NHL-record 24-game
point streak to start the season. After allowing six goals in setbacks to
Colorado and Edmonton, they clamped down defensively in Thursday's 2-1
shootout win over Columbus.
The Stars made it fairly easy for Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford, testing
him with just 19 shots.
"Corey did a good job of staying in there but the defense played great and we
did a great job of holding on to the puck," Kane said.
Trevor Daley provided the lone goal in Dallas' fourth consecutive loss.
"I don't see it as problems in the team. It's just our job as coaches to make
sure our players, especially our young players, are prepared to play against a
team like this," said Dallas head coach Glen Gulutzan.
Stars netminders Kari Lehtonen and Richard Bachman each surrendered four goals
on 17 shots.
The Blackhawks' offensive barrage began with Toews scoring twice in a 1:35
span in the first period. Nick Leddy then beat Lehtonen with 2:06 remaining in
the opening frame.
Chicago potted three more goals in the middle stanza. Johnny Oduya scored on a
point shot, ending Lehtonen's night at the 8:01 mark.
A pair of tallies by Hossa put the Blackhawks up 6-0. After tapping in a feed
from Kane at 12:18, Hossa found the back of the net on a 5-on-3 power play
with 51 seconds remaining.
Duncan Keith got in on the scoring act for Chicago 2:06 into the third
After Daley put Dallas on the board with a power-play marker, Kane tickled the
twine with a spin-o-rama backhander on a Chicago power play midway through the
Viktor Stalberg and Bryan Bickell finished with three assists apiece for
Chicago ... Dallas forward Jamie Benn returned to the lineup after missing two
games with a wrist injury.