Rewind: Observations from Hawks-Stars

November, 30, 2013
11/30/13
1:45
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Powers By Scott Powers
ESPNChicago.com
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Here are five observations from the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-1 shootout win over the Dallas Stars on Friday:

1. The Blackhawks haven’t played their best the past two games and still found ways to win. The Blackhawks lost the faceoff battle to the Stars and Calgary Flames. They had a combined 36 giveaways in the two games. They failed on all three of their power plays. They had 15 total shots on goal through two periods in both games. They entered the third period of both games trailing by a goal. Despite all of the reasons why the Blackhawks could or should have lost both games, they rallied both times and came away with four points. The Blackhawks are now guaranteed at least five wins in their seven-game road trip.

2. Goaltender Corey Crawford may have looked lost on the goal he allowed Friday, but he was in complete control the rest of the night. Crawford got caught playing the puck behind the net and wasn’t able to get back quick enough to stop a goal in the first period. Other than that, Crawford was perfect, and the Stars had their share of quality chances. In addition to Crawford’s 28 saves, he also forced a miss on Alex Chiasson's penalty shot and stopped 10 of 11 shootout attempts. He has a 1.00 goals-against average and .967 save percentage over his last three games.

3. Patrick Sharp is having a heck of a month. With Patrick Kane's points streak and Duncan Keith piling up assists, Sharp’s month has flown a bit under the radar. Sharp has accumulated eight goals and seven assists in November. His 15 points are second on the team to Kane’s 17 points in November and it's tied for sixth in the league for the month. The Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin leads the month with 21 points.

4. The Blackhawks dodged a handful of bad giveaways against the Stars. Brent Seabrook, Duncan Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson each turned the puck over in tough areas and gave the Stars quality chances to score.

5. Seabrook had a complete stat line. He had six totals shots, including three on goal, a team-high three hits, a team-high two giveaways, a team-high three takeaways and a team-high five blocked shots.
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Kane
PTS GOALS AST +/-
56 25 31 11
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Kane 25
AssistsP. Kane 31
+/-D. Rundblad 16
GAAC. Crawford 2.28