NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Dallas
(Friday, November 4th)
Final Score: Dallas 9, Chicago 1
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Stu Barnes had his third career hat trick and added an assist as the Dallas Stars defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 9-1 at American Airlines Center.
Jason Arnott had two goals and an assist, Niko Kapanen had a goal and three helpers and Bill Guerin added a goal and two assists for the Stars, who have won two out of their last three games.
"We stuck it out and kept them off the board," said Arnott. "It was nice to get off to a lead for a change and to play 60 minutes. We just want to get on a winning streak, but we can't get to high on ourselves because we've got Colorado tomorrow."
Dallas goaltender Marty Turco had 18 saves to improve to 8-0-1 lifetime against Chicago.
Mikael Holmqvist scored the lone goal for the Blackhawks, who have lost five out of their last six games.
Craig Anderson, who replaced Nikolai Khabibulin with 5:30 left in the first period, made 17 saves for Chicago, which is winless (0-6-1) in its last seven trips to Dallas.
Dallas got the first goal of the night 1:31 into the match. Kapanen took a wrist shot from the right circle and the rebound came out front. Barnes gathered the puck and shot it into the left corner past Khabibulin.
The Stars made it 4-0 later in the period with three goals separated by 4:12.
Guerin got his fourth goal of the season on a nice deflection off a Philippe Boucher shot from the left point. Jere Lehtinen then let fly with a wrist shot from the slot that beat Khabibulin on the glove side for a power play goal and a 3-0 advantage. Just 1:16 later, a centering pass from behind the net by Arnott found Brenden Morrow, who jammed the puck between Khabibulin's pads.
That was it for Khabibulin on the night, as he was pulled from net and Anderson came in. Khabibulin had 14 saves.
Dallas kept up the pressure and scored another four goals in the second period.
Arnott scored on a wraparound from the right side of the net three minutes into the period. Just 56 seconds later, with Dallas on a 2-on-1, Kapanen passed it to Barnes, who paused before shooting, causing Anderson to fall down, and shot the puck into the open net to give the Stars a 6-0 lead.
The Blackhawks finally got on the board 44 seconds after the Stars' sixth goal. Holmqvist flicked a wrist shot from left circle that beat Turco over the right shoulder for his second goal of the season.
Barnes completed the hat trick on a shorthanded breakaway. After the Chicago point man fell down, Barnes took the puck in all alone and shot the puck between Anderson's five-hole.
Arnott completed the scoring for the second period when he poked in a rebound on a slap shot from the point, and the Stars went into the locker room with a commanding 8-1 lead.
"We played a simple but effective game tonight," said Stars coach Dave Tippett. "We needed to have a good game and a strong team effort, and we got it tonight."
Kapanen got the last goal of the night with 2:52 left in the third period on a one-timer from the right side of the net.
The Stars are 9-0-2 in their last 11 games against the Blackhawks...Before this game the Stars had a minus-10 goal differential in the first period...Barnes' hat trick was his first since January 10, 1998, when he accomplished the feat against New Jersey...Dallas is 4-3-0 when scoring first on the season...The Dallas power play was 3-for-12 on the night...Chicago went 0-for-5 with the man advantage.
11/04 23:44:46 ET