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Friday, February 11, 2011
Stars rally, down Blackhawks in shootout

By Mark Stepneski

The Dallas Stars snapped a four-game winless streak in grand fashion Friday night, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in a shootout at American Airlines Center. Stephane Robidas, Brad Richards and Brenden Morrow scored goals for the Stars. Richards, Morrow and Mike Ribeiro scored in the shootout. Kari Lehtonen stopped 23 of 26 shots in regulation and overtime and 1 of 2 in the shootout. With the victory the Stars took sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division.

Quotable

“We’ve shown all year that this team doesn’t quit and that was in full effect tonight.” – Stars defenseman Trevor Daley

“Any win is hugely important and for us this could prove to be a catalyst. The adversity that we’ve gone through can really service us going forward and the way that it can is if we continue to play with the effort we had tonight. That’s the level we’ve got to get to. When we were at the top of our game for two months, that’s the level people saw us at. For 46 minutes of the game tonight, we were at that level.” Stars coach Marc Crawford

"We weren't skating at first, we were watching.  You could tell the mice were spinning in our heads and that goes with the territory when you lose a few. Once we got down 3-0 it was like we had nothing to lose and guys started having fun and skating. Once we started doing that we took over the game. ... It’s a good lesson that move your feet first and if you move your feet, things will take care of itself. That way you take all the thinking out of the game. Thinking is overrated in hockey.” - Stars center Brad Richards

"It was more of a fun environment for me to come back to, and play in, something you look forward to. For me, it’s the first time anything like this has happened in my career, and it was great. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed most of it. It was a lot of work, it was an intense game, but once I got in the game, I felt pretty comfortable and pretty relaxed and taking it all in, playing my game. That’s probably the disappointment, not coming away with the win, and where we are (in the standings) and how valuable the points are. Overall, it was a good feeling coming in here." Blackhawks goalie Marty Turco

Notes

*The Stars overcame a three-goal deficit to win a game for the first time since March 30, 2007, when they rallied to beat Detroit 4-2 in a shootout.

*The Stars improved to 5-4 in shootouts this season and to 9-6 in games decided beyond regulation.

*The Stars improved to 6-15-2 when trailing after two periods, the second best record in the league in that category.

*Brenden Morrow’s shootout goal came on his first shootout attempt of the season.

First period

The Blackhawks scored two goals 31 seconds apart early in the first period to take a 2-0 lead.

Patrick Kane picked off a Nicklas Grossman pass and fired the puck past Kari Lehtonen from the slot 3:39 into the game to make it 1-0 Chicago.

Jonathan Toews set up Brent Seabrook, who scored from the slot at the 4:10 mark to give Chicago a 2-0 lead.

Blackhawks goalie Marty Turco came up with his first big stop, making a save on a Brenden Morrow shot from the left circle at the 7:54 mark.

After the Stars missed on their first power play chance of the game, Chicago immediately got its first chance with the man-advantage and cashed in. Toews sent a pass across the crease to Patrick Sharp, who tapped it into the open side of the net to make it a 3-0 game at the 12:56 mark.

Chicago got a 49 second five-on-three power play later in the period. Lehtonen made a great glove save on Seabrook to keep it a 3-0 game. The save survived a video review as well. The Stars killed off the five-on-three and the five-on-four .

Turco got a round of applause with 7:54 left in the first after he was shown on the scoreboard with the text, “Thanks Marty.”

Second period

The Stars came to life in the second period, scoring two goals to cut Chicago’s lead to 3-2.

The Stars finally broke through late in the period when Stephane Robidas pinched in along the right boards to keep the play alive, circled behind the net and scored on Marty Turco from the bottom of the left circle with 4:01 left in the period.

Turco came up with a big save on Tom Wandell with 2:00 left in the period to keep it a 3-1 game.

But the Stars went on a power play with 40.8 seconds left in the period and Brad Richards scored off a blast from the right circle with 4.2 seconds remaining in the period to make it a 3-2 game.

Third period

The Stars tied the game 47 seconds into the period when Robidas backhanded a puck on net, Jamie Langenbrunner’s bid was denied and then Brenden Morrow batted the puck out of the air and past a scrambling Turco. The play was reviewed and it was ruled a good goal.

The Stars had a couple of power play chances to take the lead, but couldn’t cash in. Turco made big saves on Loui Eriksson and Langenbrunner on the second one midway through the period.

The Hawks came close to taking the lead, but a Tomas Kopecky shot from the slot hit the post with about eight minutes remaining.

Turco got a piece of a Steve Ott shorthanded bid with four minutes remaining in the game and Lehtonen stopped a Bryan Bickell bid from the slot with 16 seconds left.

It was announced in the third period that the Blackhawks had lost forwards Fernando Pisani, Ryan Johnson and Viktor Stalberg in the game.

Overtime/Shootout

There was plenty of end-to-end action in the overtime, but no scoring so it went to the shootout.

Morrow, Dallas: Wrist shot, score, Dallas 1-0
Toews, Chicago: Fake, wrist shot, score, Tied 1-1
Richards, Dallas:  Wrist shot, score, Dallas 2-1
Sharp, Chicago: Wrist shot, save Lehtonen, Dallas 2-1
Ribeiro, Dallas: Wrist shot, score, Dallas wins 3-1

Stars lineup

Neal-Richards-Eriksson
Morrow-Ribeiro-Langenbrunner
Ott-Wandell-Vincour
Wathier-Gagnon-Sutherby

Grossman-Robidas
Woywitka-Daley
Skrastins-Fistric

Lehtonen
Raycroft (backup)

Scratches:  Niskanen

Injured:  Burish (orbital bone), Barch (orbital bone), Benn (shoulder), Petersen (leg), Sawada (shoulder)

Power play units

Morrow-Ribeiro-Eriksson-Richards-Robidas
Neal-Ott-Langenbrunner-Richards-Daley

Penalty kill units

Ott-Eriksson-Skrastins-Daley
Gagnon-Sutherby-Skrastins-Daley
Ott-Eriksson-Skrastins-Robidas
Ribeiro-Eriksson-Skrastins-Robidas
Ribeiro-Morrow-Grossman-Daley