Dallas Stars: Rapid Reaction
December, 10, 2013
By Todd Wills | Special to ESPNChicago.com
DALLAS -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 6-2 win over the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center on Tuesday night:
How it happened: Michael Kostka scored just more than two minutes into the game on a goal that was reviewed, and the blowout was on in frozen Dallas. Patrick Kane scored on a breakaway at the 12:05 mark of the first period for a 2-0 Chicago lead, killing any energy among a sparse crowd of 12,542 at American Airlines Center with Dallas recovering from an ice storm. Chicago has had a strong following in three games in Dallas this season -- half the crowd was wearing red on Tuesday night -- and they saw Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp score two goals apiece. Sharp, who had two goals and four assists in three games against Dallas entering Tuesday night, scored on the power play for a 4-0 lead at the 8:20 mark of the second period on an assist by Kane, who extended his points streak to six straight games. That knocked Stars starting goaltender Kari Lehtonen out of the game. Sharp added another goal less than three minutes later on a highlight reel pass by Duncan Keith to give Chicago a 5-0 lead. Antti Raanta, starting his first game since starting goaltender Corey Crawford injured his groin on Sunday, stopped 27 of 29 shots as he faced little threat in improving his record to 4-0-1.
What it means: Chicago notched its NHL-best 22nd win and has 49 points on the season through 33 games.
Player of the game: Saad had his second straight multipoint game and seventh overall of the season. Saad was gifted a goal by Stars backup goaltender Dan Ellis for a 6-1 lead with 45 seconds left in the second period.
Stat of the game: The Blackhawks have scored five-plus goals in 13 games this season, including two straight games.
What's next: The Blackhawks make a quick trip back home to host the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.