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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Stars 4, Blackhawks 3

By Scott Powers



CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Dallas Stars’ 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on Tuesday.

How it happened: The Blackhawks outshot the Stars 50-18 on net, but the Stars made the most of their opportunities. The Stars’ Antoine Roussel broke a 3-3 tie at 3:01 of the third period on a penalty shot. The Stars built a 2-0 lead after the first period, behind goals by Valeri Nichushkin and Alex Chiasson. They went ahead 3-0 when Erik Cole scored at 3:07 of the second period. The Blackhawks battled back with three consecutive goals. Patrick Sharp put the Blackhawks on the board with a power-play goal at 9:39 of the second period. Nick Leddy cut the Stars’ lead to one with a goal at 16:08, and Johnny Oduya tied the game with a goal 65 seconds later.

What it means: The Blackhawks had their six-game winning streak snapped. It was the Blackhawks’ first contest at home after a seven-game road trip, during which they went 6-1-0. Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith had an assist on Sharp’s goal and extended his assists streak to eight games. He has 23 assists on the season. Patrick Kane kept pace with the league’s points leaders and pushed his total to 32 with two assists on Tuesday. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford hadn’t allowed more than one goal in his previous three starts. The Blackhawks defeated the Stars 2-1 in an 11-round shootout in their last meeting on Nov. 29. The Blackhawks are now 20-5-4 on the season.

Player of the game: Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen was on top of his game and made 47 saves.

Stat of the game: The Stars scored their first three goals off nine shots on net.

What’s next: The Blackhawks return to the road and play the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. The Blackhawks will then host the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.