NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Chicago
(Saturday, February 14th)
Final Score: Chicago 6, Dallas 2
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Martin Havlat scored twice and added an assist as the Chicago Blackhawks downed the Dallas Stars, 6-2, at the United Center.
Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists while Troy Brouwer added a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who had dropped two of three coming into the game. Cristobal Huet made 16 saves in the win.
"We needed a win," said Havlat. "The six goals didn't matter but we needed to play better. We did all the little things, kept it simple and made the plays we needed to."
Chicago played its first home game after finishing a season-high eight-game road trip during which the team went 5-3-0.
Fabian Brunnstrom and Brian Sutherby each scored a goal while Marty Turco gave up three goals on 27 shots in two periods of action for the Stars, who had won three of four coming into the contest. Brent Krahn played the third period and allowed three goals on nine shots.
"We were overplayed," said Sutherby. "They played hard, they executed and we didn't. It was very disappointing. We have to look in the mirror and ask ourselves why we didn't show up."
The Blackhawks got on the board with 6:38 left in the first as Brouwer's one- timer in the slot got past Turco.
Chicago made it a 2-0 game at the 4:06 mark of the second when Havlat banged in a rebound from the low right side.
Havlat scored his second goal of the game at the 11:46 mark of the second when, on the fly, Dave Bolland dished the puck from the left circle to the right and Havlat let fly with a wrister that beat Turco.
Chicago took a 4-0 lead just 42 seconds into the third when, during a storm in front of the Dallas net, Toews slammed home the disc for his 18th goal of the year.
The Blackhawks lit the lamp again at the 2:19 mark when James Wisniewski fired a shot on net from the slot that hit off the shin pad of a Star and went to the left side where Colin Fraser wristed it home.
Dallas finally got on the board at the 4:40 mark of the third on a heavy wrister from the right circle by Brunnstrom that beat Huet over the glove.
Sutherby scored with 5:52 to play to make it a 5-2 game, but Kris Versteeg got the final tally of the game with 4.2 seconds left to account for the final score.
Chicago plays in Tampa on Tuesday...Dallas plays in Columbus on Monday...Chicago has won all three meetings against Dallas this season...Neither team scored on the power play with Chicago having four chances and Dallas just one...It was Krahn's NHL debut...Chicago center Patrick Sharp left during the first period with an undisclosed injury.
02/14 23:36:55 ET