NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Dallas|
(Thursday, January 24th)
Final Score: Chicago 3, Dallas 2 (OT)
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Marian Hossa scored the winner 1:41 into
overtime as Chicago stayed perfect with a 3-2 victory over Dallas on Thursday.
In the extra session on the power play after Brenden Morrow was called for
interference, Hossa sent a pass from the right boards over to the left circle
for Patrick Kane, who then sent it back over to the right with a turnaround
backhand pass and Hossa one-timed it in for the win.
"That was obviously a great play by Patrick Kane," said Hossa. "I saw him wide
open there, and when he didn't have a shot, as soon as he turned around I
tried to get open. He sees the ice really well, even behind him, so he made a
great a great backhand pass to me and I tried to just wire it."
Patrick Sharp had a goal and two assists while Jonathan Toews also lit the
lamp for the Blackhawks, who are off to their best start since beginning the
1972-73 season with four straight wins. Corey Crawford made 21 stops in the
Loui Eriksson and Ray Whitney each lit the lamp for the Stars, who had won two
of three on the season coming in. Kari Lehtonen gave up all three goals on 41
"You know, the only reason we got a point was because of him," said Dallas
head coach Glen Gulutzan about Lehtonen. "Got out played all night. Our goalie
was real good."
During the game, the Stars announced that they signed center Jamie Benn
to a five-year contract worth $26.25 million.
It appeared the first period was going to end scoreless, but the Stars got a
shorthanded goal when a blocked shot was poked into the neutral zone by Derek
Roy where Eriksson caught up to the puck and slipped it between the pads of
Crawford with just 0.6 seconds showing on the clock.
Ryan Grabutt was awarded a penalty shot at the 3:33 mark of the second period
when he was tripped up by Brent Seabrook on a breakaway, but his backhander
was stopped by Crawford.
Dallas did, though, take a 2-0 lead at the 10:41 mark of the second period
when a turnover at the left point saw Cody Eakin send the puck down to the
front where Whitney was all alone for a backhander into the net.
Chicago got on the board five minutes later on the power play thanks to a
lucky bounce. Sharp had the puck to the left of the net and was trying to
throw it over to the other side, but it went off the stick of Trevor Daley and
snuck past Lehtonen to make it a 2-1 game.
The Blackhawks tied the game with another power-play goal. Sharp held the puck
at the right point and fired a hard pass to the left circle where Toews
snapped a shot that beat Lehtonen to the short side with 5:53 left in
Dallas hosts St. Louis on Saturday ... Chicago plays at Columbus on Saturday
... These two clubs split four games last season ... Chicago was 3-for-7 on
the power play while Dallas went 0-for-2.
01/25 00:48:21 ET