Corey Crawford allowed only one goal and earned the 100th victory of his NHL career as the Blackhawks escaped with a 2-1 shootout win in Dallas.
Crawford misplayed a puck that led to Dallas’ only goal in the first period, but had a strong game the rest of the night. He stopped 28 of 29 Stars shots and came up big in an 11-round shootout. He also stayed perfect in penalty shot situations in his career, stopping Alex Chiasson in the second period.
The Blackhawks struggled with their passing the entire night, but their defense and Crawford’s effort between the pipes overcame far too many turnovers.
Brent Seabrook was credited with only two giveaways, but he had issues getting the puck to a teammate all night. Seabrook’s line in the box score also shows five blocked shots, three hits and three takeaways, as he put himself into a few tough spots with bad passes but worked hard to make up for them.
Chicago’s only goal came from Patrick Sharp, who redirected a Duncan Keith shot past Kari Lehtonen.
Ben Smith won the game in the 11th round of the shootout.
The Hawks play in Phoenix on Saturday night to finish their annual Circus Trip. They then return to the United Center, where they’ll face these same Stars on Tuesday night.
Dallas will be without defenseman Stephane Robidas on Tuesday and for the forseeable future after he suffered a leg fracture while killing a penalty in the second period. The Stars already tweeted that he was headed to a local hospital during the game.
Patrick Kane’s 12-game point streak ended on Friday night.
The Blackhawks are now 5-1-0 on the road trip, and have allowed only eight goals in their five wins after losing 5-1 in Denver to begin the trip. Chicago will look to finish November with only three loses – two in regulation – in the month in Phoenix tomorrow night.