CHICAGO, Ill. – Tonight at the United Center, in a game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the surging Dallas Stars, one team would come out extending their win streak to six games. You would think that with the division and conference lead that the Hawks would take it easy but the team knows not to take anything for granted in beating the Stars by the score of 5-2 to extend their win streak. With the win, the Hawks have swept the Stars in the season series 3-0.
With all the moves that the Stars have made with the likes of Michael Ryder, Derek Roy, Brendan Morrow, and Jaromir Jagr at the trade deadline, you would think that the team had given up, but the team has gotten it together within striking distance of the last spot in the playoffs with six games to go. The team took more than a hit tonight by losing. Right wing Alex Chiasson who started in the game left early in the second period and did not return suffered an upper body injury. Chaisson came into his seventh game with the Stars scoring six goals on seven points.
Chicago dominated the first period by outshooting the Stars by a 13-4 margin with one of the shots going in as the Hawks struck with the first goal. At the 12:54 mark, the Hawks criss-crossed the puck in front of the net as Calder Trophy candidate Brandon Saad went across the ice to Marian Hossa who found captain Jonathan Toews right outside of the doorstep for the goal.
Viktor Stalberg gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead in the second but center Jamie Benn cut that lead in half two minutes later on a three-on-one rush.
It was Benn again to tie up the score earlier in the third as the puck hit the linesman and brought back in where Ray Whitney set up the goal with a drop pass. Andrew Shaw answered that goal with the game-winner as Patrick Kane took the puck in and Shaw jumped in on the shift change and swept a slapper in on the drop pass. Chicago added two more goals with defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson scoring and Hossa scoring on the empty net.
Ray Emery got the win facing only 18 shots while Richard Bachman stopped 17 of 21 shots. The win gave Chicago 70 points for the season which is only 4 points away from the 48-game record held by the Boston Bruins back in the 1938-39 season with six more games to play to finish the regular season. The Hawks will get some rest as they await the Nashville Predators on Friday night.
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