Both teams had several good offensive chances but goalies Corey Crawford and Kari Lehtonen were up to the task, especially Crawford, who stopped 13 shots in the opening 20 minutes. Several saves came at point-blank range and Crawford twice stopped Jamie Benn, who had good looks.
The Hawks defense looked ragged and got beat in several different ways. On the first shift of the game, Sean O'Donnell was slow to the corner as a Stars player got around him, but Crawford eventually made the save. Later, Duncan Keith fumbled a puck at the Stars blue line, allowing Benn a mini-breakaway. Brent Seabrook turned a puck over late in the period, but again Crawford was there.
Crawford was the story of the first period.