Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 4, Stars 2

March, 25, 2014
Mar 25
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Powers By Scott Powers
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CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 4-2 win over the Dallas Stars at the United Center on Tuesday.

How it happened: Andrew Shaw scored one of the bigger highlight goals of the season for the Blackhawks to get them going against the Stars. Off a rebound and with his back to the net, Shaw was falling to his knees when he reached for the puck with his stick and blindly wrapped it around Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen for a power-play goal with 18 seconds remaining the first period. It was the game’s first goal. Kris Versteeg and Duncan Keith added goals for the Blackhawks in the second period. Ryan Garbutt scored the Stars’ two goals. He cut Chicago's lead to 3-2 with 5:40 remaining in the third period. Marian Hossa then scored an empty-net goal with 33.3 seconds remaining in the game. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 25 saves, and Lehtonen made 38 saves. Blackhawks forward Teuvo Teravainen made his NHL debut.

What it means: The Blackhawks got back on the winning track after losing to the Nashville Predators on Sunday. Chicago improved to 42-16-15 with 99 points, remaining six points behind the St. Louis Blues, who defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. The Colorado Avalanche have 96 points after defeating the Nashville Predators in a shootout on Tuesday. Chicago forward Patrick Sharp had two assists in the win. He has two goals and 11 assists in March. Keith has scored goals in three of the past five games.

Player of the game: Shaw added an assist to his goal. He has a career-high 36 points this season.

Stat of the game: Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews won 23 of 28 faceoffs.

What’s next: The Blackhawks travel to play the Boston Bruins on Thursday. It’s the Hawks' first trip to Boston since clinching last season’s Stanley Cup. The Blackhawks defeated the Bruins 3-2 in a shootout in Chicago earlier this season.
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 +/-
36 16 20 11
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Kane 16
AssistsP. Kane 20
+/-K. Versteeg 17
GAAC. Crawford 1.87