Dallas Stars: Patrick Kane

Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 6, Stars 2

December, 10, 2013

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.

Former teammates Kane, Seguin reunite

November, 9, 2013
DALLAS -- Tyler Seguin had one of his biggest fans opposing him Saturday night when the Dallas Stars faced off against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Try the reigning Conn Smythe winner Patrick Kane, who led the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks into American Airlines Center, where he was reunited with Seguin, who is emerging in his first season with the Stars.

Kane and Seguin were teammates during last season's NHL lockout, playing together in Switzerland for EHC Biel. Kane took great appreciation for Seguin's game, so he's not surprised that the 21-year-old -- acquired by Dallas in a blockbuster offseason trade -- has 15 points in 16 games to lead the Stars along with captain Jamie Benn.

“[Tyler's] a great player,” Kane said after Saturday's morning skate at the AAC. “When you play with him, he has every tool in the book as far as skill-wise. When I played with him, I thought he was the best player I ever played with over in Switzerland. It shows what he can do. He has tremendous speed. He has a great shot. He can play the game very well offensively, and he’s very smart too. I’m happy for him that he’s gotten off to this start.”

Seguin draws comparisons to Kane because both were high draft picks -- Kane first overall in 2007 and Seguin second overall by Boston in 2010 -- and because both have reputations for having a little too much fun at times.

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Stars-Blackhawks Preview

March, 15, 2012

Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars
Friday, March 16
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (39-27-5) had a six-game winning streak and an 11-game points streak snapped with a 5-2 loss at Winnipeg on Wednesday.

“We beat ourselves, we didn’t play well, we turned pucks over way too easy,” Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas said. “We didn’t play a simple game like we’ve been doing in the past 11, 12 games. We’ve just got to go back to basics.”

Friday’s game against Chicago kicks off a four-game homestand that will see the Stars also play Phoenix, Vancouver and Calgary.

Kari Lehtonen is scheduled to start in goal for the Stars Friday.

Injuries: D Philip Larsen (lower body) is day-to-day. RW Radek Dvorak (ankle) and D Sheldon Souray (lower body) are out.

About the Blackhawks

The Blackhawks (38-25-8) are coming off a 4-3 shootout victory over St. Louis on Tuesday. The Blackhawks overcame a 3-1 deficit in the game and put 46 shots on goal against the defensive-minded Blues.

“That was a fun game,” Chicago forward Patrick Kane said. “A really fun game. … To put up 40-plus shots on a team like that, that is so defensive, says something about our team. What we can do when we play to our potential.”

Chicago improved to 5-2-0 over its last seven games.

Corey Crawford is scheduled to start in goal for the Blackhawks.

Injuries: D Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) is questionable. C Jonathan Toews (concussion), D Steve Montador (concussion), LW Daniel Carcillo (knee) and D Sami Lepisto (leg) are out.

Series notes

*This is the fourth and final meeting between the two teams.

*The Stars are 2-1-0 in the season series and the Blackhawks are 1-2-0.

*October 7, at Dallas: Stars 2, Blackhawks 1
*October 8, at Chicago: Blackhawks 5, Stars 2
*February 23, at Chicago, Stars 3, Blackhawks 1

*If the playoffs started Friday, the Stars and Blackhawks would meet in the first round.

Statistical tidbits

*Over his last nine starts, Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen is 8-0-1 with a 1.29 goals against average, .955 save percentage and three shutouts.

*Lehtonen has posted shutouts in his last two starts and is currently riding a 128:32 shutout streak.

*Dallas is 4-0-1 in its last five home games.

*The Stars are 36-38 (94.7%) on the penalty kill over the last 12 games.

*Chicago is 11-12 (91.7) on the penalty kill over the last six games.

*Stars forward Loui Eriksson has 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) in his last 11 games.

*Chicago forward Patrick Kane has 8 points (5 goals, 3 assists) over his last 8 games.

Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn will head back to Dallas with some great memories from his weekend in Ottawa, including a win in the NHL All-Star Game as Team Chara beat Team Alfredsson, 12-9, at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.

“It was a great experience,” Benn said. “They put on a pretty good weekend and it’s something I’ll never forget.”

Benn played on a line with Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle for Team Chara. He logged 14:02 of ice time, registering no points and no shots on goal. But this was less about the stats for Benn and more about the experience.

“It was pretty unbelievable,” Benn said. “The amount of talent these players have, it’s crazy. I just hope I’ll be fortunate enough to play in another All-Star Game. ... Just taking it in, the weekend we had. It was pretty special. Just meeting the guys, it was a good group of guys. Hopefully, I can do it again."

Marian Gaborik of the New York Rangers scored three goals for Team Chara and was named the game’s MVP. Boston’s Tim Thomas was the winning goalie for the fourth straight All-Star game. The game recap is here.

Benn will head back with the some honors from the weekend. He won the accuracy shooting contest in Saturday’s skills competition, hitting 4 of 6 targets in 13.5 seconds in the preliminary round and then 4 of 5 targets in just 10.2 seconds in the final round.
Stars forward Jamie Benn had an impressive showing at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition, taking the shooting accuracy competition and putting on another impressive shooting display in the skills challenge relay.

In the first round of the accuracy competition he hit four of six targets in 13.583 seconds to advance to the finals against Philadelphia rookie Matt Read. Benn then hit four of five targets in in 10.204 seconds in the finals to win the competition to top Read, who hit his four targets in 16.361 seconds.

“It’s a lot harder than it looks,” Benn said on NBC Sports Network’s telecast of the All-Star Skills Competition. “Once you get one you can get on a roll and run with it.”

After the competition he said it was a lot of practice shooting pucks as a kid that paid dividends.

“Shooting all the time growing up and practicing in the garage really paid off,” Benn said.

In the skills challenge relay, Benn had the hardest angle one-timer but he hit three of three shots for Team Chara.

“That sharp angle, I was a little nervous about that one, getting them in,” Benn said.

He was eliminated in the first round of the elimination shootout when Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick made a pad save on his wrist shot.

The highlight of the night was Boston’s Zdeno Chara breaking his own record in the hardest shot competition. Chara shattered his previous record of 105.9 MPH by hitting 108.8 MPH on Saturday night.

Another highlight was Chicago’s Patrick Kane taking the breakaway challenge by donning a Superman cape, Clark Kent glasses and then scoring a goal while gliding towards the net on his stomach.

Team Alfredsson won the skills competition over Team Chara by a score of 21-12.

For Benn, it was a good experience.

“I think it went really well. It was a lot of fun out there,” he said. “It was pretty cool to see the skill that these guys have and it was great for the first time.”

Here were the winners in Saturday’s night’s All-Star Skills Competition.

Faster skater: Carl Hagelin, NY Rangers
Breakaway challenge: Patrick Kane, Chicago
Accuracy shooting: Jamie Benn, Dallas
Hardest shot: Zdeno Chara, Boston
Elimination shootout: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay

Full results are here.

Video of Benn in final round

Stars rally, down Blackhawks in shootout

February, 11, 2011
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.


“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


*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.


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



Raycroft (backup)

Scratches: Niskanen

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

Power play units


Penalty kill units


Postgame observations

January, 6, 2011
Some postgame observations after the Dallas Stars won 4-2 at Chicago Wednesday.

Special teams. It was pretty easy to pinpoint where this game was won. The Stars were 3-3 on the power play and 4-4 on the penalty kill. Put up those numbers in a game and you’ll usually win the game. The Stars got pucks and people to the net on the power play. They got some good bounces, but they did the work to create those bounces. The Stars were shorthanded four times and Chicago got a total of six shots on goal. It was some good work on the PK.

Goaltending. It was another strong showing from Kari Lehtonen, who stopped 35 of 37 shots. He’d probably love to have that Fernando Pisani goal back that made it a 2-1 game, but he had a lot of big stops in this one. The save on Marian Hossa early in the first period was huge. He had a couple of nice saves on Jonathan Toews when Chicago was trying to climb back into the game. Great stop late in the game on Patrick Kane with Chicago on the power play in the final two minutes and the Stars protecting a one-goal lead. Of course, he also got some help from both posts and the crossbar on that Viktor Stalberg penalty shot.

A bounce here, a bounce there. Sometimes the bounces go your way and sometimes they don’t. On this night the big bounces went the Stars’ way. Just 1:10 after Chicago had tied the game in the second period, Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg was awarded a penalty shot. He got off a great shot but it hit the right post, the crossbar and then the left post before bouncing out. Mike Ribeiro’s game-winning goal was attempted pass to Brenden Morrow that bounced off Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson and by Chicago goalie Corey Crawford.

Ott’s goal. Steve Ott’s empty net shorthanded goal that made it a 4-2 game had an interesting twist to it. Ott should have never been on the ice. He should have been in the penalty box because it was his high stick that caught Jordan Hendry with 2:02 left in the game that gave Chicago the power play. But the ref nailed Jamie Benn with the infraction and he ended up sitting in the penalty box instead, leaving Ott available for the penalty kill and the shot at the empty net.

A calamity of errors. That’s what Stars coach Marc Crawford called the situation that led the Stars to playing with just four defensemen in the third period. Karlis Skrastins and Matt Niskanen collided in the third period warm ups, leaving both players out for the rest of the game. Niskanen has a broken nose, chipped teeth and a cut on his hand. Skrastins was dazed after the collision. They’ll get evaluated on Thursday and we’ll see where things stand heading into Friday’s game against the Rangers.

What a difference a year makes. So, the Stars hit the midway point with a 24-13-4 record for 52 points. They are first in the Pacific Division with a five point lead over second place San Jose. And they are third in the Western Conference, five points behind first place Vancouver. At this point last season they were 18-12-11 for 47 points. They were fourth in the division, 14 points behind first place San Jose. They were 10th in the conference, four points out of the final playoff spot and 14 points out of the conference lead, which was held by San Jose at the time.

Quotable: Adam Burish on facing Chicago

December, 7, 2010
Here are a couple of quotes from Dallas forward Adam Burish, who will be facing his former teammates when the the Stars play at Chicago on Wednesday at the United Center. Burish, a member of Chicago's Stanley Cup champion team last season, signed with the Stars as a free agent over the summer.

He had some funny things to say in talking with the Chicago media today. Thanks to Stars PR for the audio of Burish.

When asked if there was anyone he is looking forward to playing against

"Sharpie (Patrick Sharp). I can't wait to get against him. I was looking forward to playing against Kaner (Patrick Kane, who is out with a lower body injury). I told him he must have the Burish flu; I think he's a little scared. He said, 'I wanted to play against you' and I said, 'You're easy to play against, I'd shut you down.' ... I'm looking forward to playing all the guys. I told Ducan [Keith] I am going to chase him down in the corner and give him the business a little bit. I am sure I won't shut up the whole game."

When told Patrick Sharp said he would go after him instead of the other way around

"Sharp hasn't gone after anybody in his whole career. Who is he going to hurt? I am not afraid of Sharpie. He's not going to hurt anyone. He's nice looking, has the nice hair and nice smile. That's all he's got going. I'm not scared of him."