Blackhawks pull off shootout win over Stars
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[March 24, 2017]
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks
right winger Patrick Kane practiced a new shootout maneuver against
backup goaltender Scott Darling during Thursday's morning skate.
Kane crossed from left to right and paused in front of the crease
before flipping a backhand shot.
"It ended up working out," Kane said.
Nearly 12 hours later, Kane decided to try the same move in a game
setting. It worked out -- again.
Kane and Artemi Panarin each scored in the shootout, and the
Blackhawks outlasted the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Thursday night. Kane
and Marian Hossa scored in regulation.
Chicago (48-20-6) earned at least one point for the seventh
consecutive game (6-0-1). The Blackhawks improved to 18-3-1 in the
past 22 contests and increased their Central Division lead to eight
Ales Hemsky scored both Stars' goals. Tyler Seguin scored during the
bonus session, but Jamie Benn and Hemsky were denied in their
shootout attempts for Dallas (29-33-11).
Despite the shootout loss, Stars players were happy to pick up a
point on the road against one of the best teams in the league.
"It was a great game," Hemsky said. "We've just got to keep it going
Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 42 saves in regulation and
overtime. Crawford made several dazzling stops, including one
against Stars left winger Remi Elie on a breakaway in overtime.
Crawford (30-15-3) reached the 30-win milestone for the fourth
straight season and the sixth time in his career.
Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said Crawford's performance marked
one of the brightest points about the game. Two days earlier,
Crawford was pulled in the third period after allowing four goals on
10 shots against the Vancouver Canucks.
"We're fortunate to have the goaltending we've had over the course
of the season," Quenneville said. "Consistency is one of their
strengths. Good response tonight."
Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen turned aside 24 shots before the
shootout round. He dropped to 18-22-7 on the season but has allowed
only two goals in his past two outings.
"I think we played a pretty good game," Lehtonen said. "It was nice
to see us dominate at some points a team like Chicago. Their goalie
had a (heck) of a night, but it was good to get it tied up after
being down in that last period."
Hossa put Chicago on top 2-1 with 11:23 remaining in the third
period. Center Nick Schmaltz fed a quick pass to Hossa, who steadied
the puck and fired a slap shot past Lehtonen.
Dallas responded to even the score 2-2 with 5:09 to go in
regulation. Defenseman Eda Lindell flipped a shot toward the net,
and the puck deflected to Hemsky to the left of the crease before
Crawford could recover. Hemsky capitalized for his second goal of
the game and the third goal of his injury-shortened season.
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Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) scores a goal past Dallas
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) during the first period at the
United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Chicago opened the scoring on a wrist shot by Kane
with 11:47 to go in the first period. The shot marked Kane's
team-leading 33rd goal of the season and his 13th in the past 14
Dallas evened the score 1-1 on Hemsky's first goal of the game with
7:34 remaining in the second period. Center Cody Eakin parked near
the crease as Hemsky unleashed a wrist shot above Crawford's right
The Blackhawks improved to 13-6 in overtime and 4-1 in shootouts
during the regular season. Meanwhile, the Stars dropped to 3-11 in
overtime and 0-2 in shootouts.
Lehtonen chuckled and shook his head when asked about trying to stop
Kane one on one.
"It's interesting," Lehtonen said. "I tried something new today. The
last couple times, I've had a hard time with Kane, and my new thing
didn't work, either. I need to come up with something else again."
Kane said he relied on practice time and video analysis of
goaltenders to create new moves.
"You're always trying to think of new things to keep it fresh," Kane
NOTES: Stars C Jason Spezza missed his second consecutive game
because of a back injury. Spezza is third on the team with 42 points
(12 goals, 30 assists) in 59 games. ... Blackhawks C Jonathan Toews
increased his point streak to six games with an assist in the first
period. ... Stars D Stephen Johns was a healthy scratch for the
second game in a row. ... Chicago announced Thursday that it signed
C Tanner Kero to a two-year extension through the 2018-19 season.
Kero, 24, has five goals and seven assists in 39 games. ...
Blackhawks fans greeted Hall of Fame goaltender Eddie Belfour with a
standing ovation during a pregame tribute. Belfour skated on to the
ice in full uniform and pads as part of the team's "One More Shift"
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