In the final 40 minutes on Tuesday night, the Blackhawks scored as many goals as the Stars.
Unfortunately, Chicago allowed four goals in the opening 20 minutes, and lost 6-2.
Scott Darling started, allowed four in the first, and was relieved by Michael Leighton. Leighton allowed one of the two Stars goals in the second and third periods; the other went into an empty net with 6:12 left in regulation.
Andrew Shaw got Chicago on the board with his 13th in the second period. Richard Panik scored his fifth in the third period.
This wasn’t a Darling problem, though. The gentlemen between the pipes haven’t been the issue for the Blackhawks in March.
Tuesday night marked the third time in 11 days the Blackhawks allowed at least five goals. Two of those games were against the Stars, who have out-scored the Hawks 11-4 in those games.
The loss to Dallas makes the Blackhawks record 3-5-2 in March. Will they magically flip a switch in a couple weeks when the playoffs begin? We’ll see. But recent evidence suggests that’s a heavy switch the team needs to figure out in a short amount of time.