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Saturday, November 9th
(All times Eastern)
Chicago Blackhawks (10-2-4) at Dallas Stars (8-6-2), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Coming off a perfect road trip that featured plenty of
bonus hockey, the Dallas Stars try to avoid a fifth straight setback to the
Chicago Blackhawks as the two Central Division residents square off on
The Stars dropped an overtime decision to Colorado at home on Nov. 1 before
hitting the road for games in Ottawa, Boston and Detroit. They posted
consecutive shootout wins over the Senators and Bruins before notching a 4-3
overtime triumph on Thursday night against the Red Wings.
Rich Peverley potted the winning goal with 18.5 seconds left in overtime, a
situation made possible thanks to Cody Eakin's tying goal on the power play
with 1:10 to go in regulation. Peverley beat Detroit's Jimmy Howard through a
screen from the top of the left circle for his third goal of the season.
"We were moving a lot in the zone. There was a lot of traffic in front and I
don't think he saw it," said Peverley, who had the shootout winner against his
former Boston team on Tuesday.
Shawn Horcoff and Jamie Benn also scored for the Stars, who are 5-1-2 in their
last eight games. Kari Lehtonen made 26 saves.
Lehtonen is 4-3-1 with a 2.52 goals against average in eight career meetings
with the Blackhawks, who have won four straight and five of the past six in
this series. Chicago has also won its last three trips to Dallas.
Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford is 5-4-0 with a 2.48 GAA lifetime versus
the Stars. He came up with 24 saves in Wednesday's 4-1 triumph over the
Patrick Sharp had a goal and an assist, while Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and
Brandon Pirri also scored. Toews netted his eighth goal of the season, while
Kane's was his ninth.
"It was good to keep pressing forward," Sharp said. "We've seen a few times
this year we've had a two-goal lead and then gave it up in the third period. I
thought the guys stayed focused and continued to press on, and we were able to
get a couple more."
Chicago has won four of its past five, including a 5-1 victory in Winnipeg
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