"I'll take any one," Eaves said with a laugh. "I don't care which
After scoring four goals in 34 games this season, Eaves burst out
with a first-period hat trick against the Chicago Blackhawks in an
eventual 4-2 win Thursday night.
Few, including the Blackhawks, could have predicted Eaves' sudden
hot streak. He recorded his second career hat trick in 526 games.
Eaves became the second player in franchise history to score three
goals in the first period, matching Bill Goldsworthy of the 1973-74
Minnesota North Stars.
"I'm playing with some pretty special players," said Eaves, who
shared a line with center Tyler Seguin and left winger Jamie Benn.
"Things happen fast out there, and it's usually toward the net, so I
just try to be there and help out."
Defenseman John Klingberg added a goal and an assist for the Stars.
Dallas (35-15-5) posted its fourth consecutive road victory and
improved to 5-1-0 in the past six games.
"We're playing tough teams right now, so we've got to elevate our
game," said Seguin, who tallied two assists.
Chicago (36-18-4) lost back-to-back games at home for the first time
this season. Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith and right winger
Patrick Kane each scored in third period.
Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford allowed four goals on 18 shots. He
was replaced after the first period by Scott Darling, who turned
aside all 14 shots he faced in the final two periods.
"Certainly, it was a terrible, brutal, brutal first period," Chicago
coach Joel Quenneville said. "I'd say we kind of stopped the
bleeding in the second period, good third. But (Dallas) scored early
and it was like we had ringette sticks on tonight -- no blade on our
Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped 44 of 46 shots to improve to
15-5-0. Lehtonen made 19 saves during a frenzied third period in
which Chicago threatened to erase a four-goal deficit.
"It gets hard when you play against a great team and they start
taking chances," Lehtonen said. "It was nice that we were able to
Dallas jumped to a 1-0 lead when Eaves scored from a sharp-angle
goal 3:19 after the opening faceoff. Eaves stood to the left of the
crease and lifted a slap shot above Crawford's right shoulder.
Seguin praised Eaves for his accuracy around the net.
"He's got a quick release, and when he finds those open spots, good
things are going to happen," Seguin said. "He's really dialed in
[to top of second column]
Klingberg increased the lead to 2-0 on a backhand shot with 10:16
remaining in the first period. The shot deflected off Chicago
defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson's right leg before finding the net.
Eaves scored on the power play to make it 3-0 with 3:34 left in the
first period. Seguin fed a pass from the left corner to Eaves, who
ripped a one-timer past Crawford's glove side.
Eaves completed the hat trick with a power-play goal with 15.6
seconds to go in the first period.
Momentum shifted in the third period. Chicago outshot Dallas 21-2 in
the final 20 minutes.
Keith scored 32 seconds into the third period to slice the deficit
Chicago pulled within 4-2 on a slap shot by Kane with 12:12
remaining in the third period. Center Jonathan Toews won a faceoff
in the left circle and fed the puck to Kane, who notched his 33rd
"You get down 4-0, I think we were just kind of in a funk there, and
it took us a while to really push ourselves to get out of it," Toews
said. "We started playing with a little confidence in the third once
we got on the score sheet, but as you saw, it's too little, too late
when it comes down to that."
Stars left winger Travis Moen sustained a lower-body injury in the
second period and did not return.
NOTES: Stars D Jason Demers did not play because of an illness. ...
Blackhawks LW Artemi Panarin missed his second consecutive game
because of an illness. Chicago coach Joel Quenneville told reporters
Panarin's illness was "comparable" to the illness that forced C
Jonathan Toews to miss the NHL All-Star Game. ... Stars C Radek
Faksa was a healthy scratch for the first time since he was promoted
Feb. 5 from Texas of the AHL. ... Blackhawks D Rob Scuderi returned
to the lineup after sitting out the previous four games as a healthy
scratch. ... Stars C Jason Spezza missed his third straight game
because of an upper-body injury. ... Blackhawks D Michal Rozsival
was a healthy scratch. ... Stars RW Patrick Sharp appeared in his
800th career game.
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