Saturday, March 16, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 8, Stars 1
By John Tranchina
DALLAS -- Here’s on overview of the Chicago Blackhawks’ 8-1 win over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night at the American Airlines Center.
How it happened: The Blackhawks dominated right from the start, outshooting the Stars 11-3 in the first period and receiving two goals from Jonathan Toews just 1:35 apart en route to a 3-0 lead. Nick Leddy notched a goal and an assist in the period, as well. Two goals from Marian Hossa in the second period, along with one from Johnny Oduya for the second straight game, pushed the lead to 6-0 entering the final period. Goals from Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane in the third made this the biggest offensive output of the season, as eight different players earned multiple points. Goaltender Corey Crawford made 18 saves, including just eight through the first two periods, to improve his record to 13-2-3.
Player of the game: Toews scored the first two goals in rapid succession to quickly establish Chicago’s dominance. With an assist on Hossa’s second goal, Toews now has 11 points (six goals, five assists) in his past nine outings.
What it means: After a slight lull when they lost twice in a row in regulation and needed a shootout to defeat Columbus on Thursday, the Blackhawks looked as good as or better than at any point during their record 24-game point streak to open the season. Chicago remains four points ahead of Anaheim for the NHL lead with 49 points (23-2-3).
What’s next: The Blackhawks return to Denver, where their record 24-game point streak ended on March 8, to battle the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night.