NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Chicago|
(Monday, April 15th)
Final Score: Chicago 5, Dallas 2
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Andrew Shaw broke a tie with one of Chicago's
three third-period goals, and the NHL-leading Blackhawks cooled off the Dallas
Stars with a 5-2 win at United Center.
Marian Hossa sealed Chicago's sixth straight victory with an empty-net tally
in the final minute and added two assists.
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews had a goal and a helper, while Ray Emery
improved to 16-1-0 this season with a 16-save effort.
"You kind of feed off of the energy of the guys around you, and every night
it's different guys," Emery said of his strong play. "Lately it's been a
consistent effort by most guys on the ice. It's really exciting being a part
of that and gearing up for the playoffs."
Jamie Benn supplied both goals for Dallas, which had its winning streak halted
at five games. Richard Bachman stopped 23 shots in the setback that leaves the
Stars two points out of a playoff spot.
"We kept it close, but we definitely know what we have to do to be the best
and beat the best," Benn said. "Hopefully we can just keep pushing here. We
still have a chance to make the playoffs and that's what we're going for."
The Blackhawks built a 2-0 lead before the Stars rallied behind Benn. His
second marker tied things up 3:07 into the third period. A turnover by Chicago
in the neutral zone led to Benn taking a drop pass from Ray Whitney and
beating Emery on the glove side.
Shaw quickly countered for the Blackhawks, firing a shot from the right circle
past Bachman at 4:31.
Niklas Hjalmarsson doubled Chicago's advantage with a slap shot at 7:46.
Toews tipped a Hossa shot behind Bachman at the 12:54 mark of the first
Viktor Stalberg beat Bachman at 12:14 of the middle stanza, which Benn
answered 1:58 later.
Dallas last won six games in a row March 2-13, 2002 ... The Stars have lost
four straight to Chicago.
04/16 01:33:50 ET