The Blackhawks returned home after their Circus Trip to face a Dallas team that had hosted them on Friday night. Chicago put 50 shots on net, but Dallas netminder Kari Lehtonen played a magnificent game and the Stars escaped with a 4-3 victory.
The Stars scored twice on only five shots in the first period and took a 3-0 lead early in the third period. But three Blackhawks goals in less than nine minutes brought the second period to a close with the score tied.
Antoine Roussel, who is quickly establishing himself as an antagonist of these Blackhawks, scored on a penalty shot early in the third period. That goal would prove to be the game-winner.
In the first period, Roussel had to answer for a few cheap shots in Friday night’s game when Andrew Shaw dropped the gloves with him.
For the Hawks, Patrick Sharp’s power play goal not only got Chicago on the board, but it was the 200th goal for Sharp in the Indian head sweater. He is only the 18th player in Blackhawks’ history to reach that benchmark.
Nick Leddy, who had been benched for over 13 minutes, scored a goal to draw the Hawks within one, and Johnny Oduya scored the tying goal 65 seconds later.
Patrick Kane, who was named the NHL’s #1 Star for November on Tuesday, had assists on the goals by both Leddy and Oduya.
Duncan Keith had the primary assist on Sharp’s goal, extending his personal streak to eight consecutive games with an assist. Andrew Shaw and Sheldon Brookbank were also credited with assists in the game.
Corey Crawford’s season numbers took a hit on Tuesday night as he allowed four goals against only 18 shots; the Blackhawks had 18 shots in the second period alone.
Chicago won 36 of 71 faceoffs in the game in spite of Brandon Pirri winning only three of 14 draws. Pirri skated 10:49 in the game
Brookbank, who started the game as a forward because Michal Handzus was out sick, moved back to the blue line when coach Joel Quenneville mixed up his defensive pairs with his team down three goals. Brookbank was credited with a team-high five hits in only 7:49 on the ice. Michal Rozsival was also credited with five hits, two of which were on Roussel.
Not only were the Hawks credited with 50 shots on net, but another 25 were blocked and 10 missed the mark. Sharp, Leddy and Marian Hossa led the Hawks with seven shots on goal each.
Valeri Nichushkin had a good offensive game for Dallas, scoring the Stars’ first goal of the night and adding an assist in the game as well. Shawn Horcoff led Dallas with five hits and was also credited with an assist, and three Stars were credited with four blocked shots.