NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Dallas
(Saturday, February 21st)
Final Score: Chicago 3, Dallas 1
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Patrick Kane's goal proved to be the game- winner, as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Dallas Stars, 3-1, at American Airlines Center.
James Wisniewski and Matt Walker also scored for the Blackhawks, who have won seven of nine on the road and five of six overall. Cristobal Huet stopped 30-of-31 shots for his 17th win of the season.
"We're getting back to playing playoff hockey," Wisniewski said. "(We have) high intensity, a lot of tenaciousness, just getting in there, flying around, buzzing around, getting pucks on net and not being too pretty, not being too cute. It's a perfect trip for us to get back into the style of play."
The Blackhawks recorded their first-ever sweep of the Dallas/Minnesota franchise, winning the season series, 4-0. The last time Chicago went unbeaten against the Stars was in the 1995-96 season, when it posted four wins and two ties against a last-place Dallas club.
Steve Ott recorded the only goal for the Stars, who had won three of their previous four games. Marty Turco allowed all three goals on 36 shots to take the loss.
"They (Chicago) played well, but we have little room for error, and if we have five, six players not pull their weight, that's a problem," Stars head coach Dave Tippett said. "We looked like a tired, frustrated team chasing the game. We can't have any weak links right now. Our group is thin as it is and we need everyone on board. We aren't getting enough second chances on the power play and we didn't execute well enough. Too many telegraphed pucks, blocked shots, not enough of the little things. We need Marty to play at a top level every night, he's no different than any other player."
Chicago got the only goal of the first period, as Wisniewski blasted a slapshot from the slot on the power play at 16:04.
The Blackhawks widened their lead in the second, as Kane's wrister found the back of the net at 7:23. Walker added his first goal of the year with 16 seconds to go in the frame, and Chicago took a commanding 3-0 lead to the third.
Ott ruined Huet's bid for two consecutive shutouts by scoring for Dallas with 8:29 to play, but that was all the offense the Stars got, and the visitors skated away with the win.
Chicago moved to 19-11-3 on the road, while Dallas dropped to 17-8-4 at home...The Stars dropped to 1-1-0 on their six-game homestand and will also face San Jose, St. Louis, Anaheim and Pittsburgh during the stretch...The Blackhawks outscored the Stars, 20-8, in four games this season.
02/21 18:43:17 ET