The Dallas Stars made a trade to help their playoff push on Saturday, acquiring Mats Zuccarello from the New York Rangers. His first game with his new team came at the United Center on Sunday, and he made an impact.
Chicago out-shot Dallas 13-12 in the first period but were chasing two after 20 minutes. Radek Faksa scored at 11:35 and Alexander Radulov added on six minutes later.
As Faksa streaked up the ice on a breakaway John Hayden and Jason Dickinson were already engaged in a fight but the officials allowed the play to continue.
Zuccarello scored his first goal with Dallas 1:44 into the second period and Chicago was looking up at a three-goal deficit. But, as they have done so many times in the last couple months, Chicago fought back.
Chris Kunitz got Chicago on the board 1:14 after the Zuccarello goal.
The goal gave the Hawks some hope that Anton Khudobin was human. Dallas’ netminder was playing out of his mind, stealing quality chances.
At 15:37 Drake Cagguila was in the right place at the right time – but there was debate if he had scored Chicago’s second goal.
The play was reviewed and the league office determined the puck had fully crossed the line as it entered Khudobin’s glove.
At the end of two periods the Blackhawks were down 3-2. Chicago put 20 shots on net in the second period as they battled back into the game.
Early in the third the Blackhawks got a power play and took advantage.
Toews’ 29th of the season tied the game at three and there was emotion back in the seats at the United Center.
The game was tied, but Patrick Kane still didn’t have a point in the game.
Duncan Keith went to the box 8:05 into the third and Dallas was able to convert. Jason Spezza slammed the puck home on the doorstep to give Dallas a 4-3 lead.
With 4:34 left in regulation Roman Polak caught Dominik Kahun in the face with a high stick, drawing blood. Chicago received four minutes of power play time for the infraction, and went to work. Chicago couldn’t convert in the four minutes even with Cam Ward on the bench for the final 30 seconds of the power play.
Polak came out of the box and got to the puck behind the Hawks’ empty net with 30 seconds left. Chicago got the puck back but iced it with 13.8 showing on the clock. The Stars won the draw and were able to hang on.
Ward stopped 25 of 29. Khudobin made 44 saves.
Kane led Chicago with seven shots on net in 25:36 but failed to register a point for the first time in 21 games.
Toews won 14 of 30 faceoffs in 24:48 and scored the tying goal.
Erik Gustafsson and Keith were the only Chicago defensemen to skate more than 20 minutes in the game and they had two assists each.