The Blackhawks hammered the Stars in Dallas on Tuesday night. In front of Antti Raanta, six different Hawks players had a multi-point night as Chicago emerged with a 6-2 victory.
Patrick Kane was credited with one goal and two assists to lead the offensive onslaught. Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp had two goals each, while Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith had two assists each as the Blackhawks sprinted to a two-goal lead and never looked back.
Michael Kostka returned to the lineup and scored the first goal of the game only 2:04 into the contest. Just over 10 minutes later, Kane took a perfect outlet pass from Seabrook in on a helpless Kari Lehtonen and deposited the second tally of the first period goal.
Saad scored the eventual game-winning goal only 2:46 into the second, and then Sharp stole the show. He put a missile past Lehtonen from the point on a power play to make the score 4-0 and chase the Stars’ starting goaltender for the evening.
Less than three minutes later, Keith hit Sharp with a long outlet pass that he easily put past Dan Ellis to extend the lead to 5-1 in favor of the visitors.
Saad added his second goal of the period and 11th of the year with 45 seconds remaining in the middle frame to make the score 6-1.
In net, Raanta was strong throughout. He only faced four shots in the first period and 29 in the game, and was aided by an exceptional shot blocking effort from the skaters in front of him. The Hawks blocked almost as many shots (21) as the Stars had on net in the game; five different Hawks were credited with a team-high three blocked shots in the game.
Raanta stopped 27 to earn a big win just hours after the Hawks announced they would be without Corey Crawford for around three weeks. He has allowed two goals in each of his appearances this year.
The Blackhawks successfully killed all five of the Stars’ power plays in an all-around impressive performance.
Only two Blackhawks – Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson – skated over 20 minutes in the blowout. Jonathan Toews won only four of 11 faceoffs and was credited with an assist in 18:27. The assist was his 400th career NHL point.
For Dallas, Antoine Roussel scored both goals. He was also credited with nine hits and 16 penalty minutes in the game.
The Hawks return to the United Center to face the Flyers on Wednesday night.