Rapid Reaction: Hawks 2, Stars 1 (SO)
November, 29, 2013
By Todd Wills | Special to ESPNChicago.com
DALLAS -- The Chicago Blackhawks earned a 2-1 shootout win over the Dallas Stars on Friday at American Airlines Center.
How it happened: The Blackhawks were outplayed by the up-and-coming Stars for the first two periods, but Patrick Sharp scored the equalizer at the 7:21 mark of the third period to tie the game at one. The game remained tied headed to the 11th round of a shootout, in which Ben Smith ended it for the Blackhawks with a goal. Corey Crawford stopped 28 of 29 shots for Chicago. Crawford did help the Stars score their goal late in the first period, losing the puck to Dallas center Shawn Horcoff behind the net. Horcoff made a nifty pass to Rich Peverley, who scored his fifth goal of the season for the Stars. Crawford redeemed himself with seconds left in overtime by stopping two shots, including a backhand at the front of the crease.
What it means: The Blackhawks are 5-1-0 on their seven-game road trip.
Player of the game: Sharp has been one of Chicago’s best players in two games in Dallas, adding a goal to the four assists he had at the American Airlines Center in a 5-2 victory over the Stars on Nov. 9. Sharp has points in seven of his past 11 games.
Stat of the game: Patrick Kane had a streak of 12 straight games with a point snapped on Friday night. Kane nearly scored the game winner in overtime but was robbed on a glove save by Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen. Kane had eight goals and nine assists during the streak.
What’s next: The Blackhawks will finish off their sixth back-to-back situation on Saturday night at Phoenix, completing a seven-game, 12-day road trip in the process. The Blackhawks are 4-0-1 in the second of back-to-back games.