Maybe the best metaphor for the third period at the United Center tonight was the condition of Jonathan Toews’ Mercedes Benz earlier in the day.
After thoroughly dominating the Dallas Stars for 40 minutes, in which the visitors only managed 10 shots on net, the Hawks imploded in the final period. Three goals on 15 shots doomed the Hawks, who lacked any offensive presence for most of the game.
Marian Hossa did score the Hawks one goal, but also made an uncharacteristic mistake that led to a goal the other way. Michael Frolik played one of his better games since early November, and was credited with one assist, one hit and one takeaway in only 8:45 on the ice.
Niklas Hjalmarsson returned to the lineup and was credited with only one giveaway in over 16 minutes of ice time. He was also plus-one on the night.
Chicago was not called for a penalty in the game.
With each of the three teams ahead of the Hawks in the division getting at least one point, Chicago’s hopes of moving higher than sixth in the Western Conference took a hit on Thursday night.