Red-Hot Stars Beat Blackhawks In Shootout

The Blackhawks ventured to Dallas on Saturday evening to play one of the hottest teams in the NHL. The Stars had won five in a row and 12 of their previous 14.

Chicago, on the other hand, had lost two straight in regulation coming into the game. Slater Koekkoek didn’t need a revenge game so coach Jeremy Colliton put Dominik Kubalik back into the lineup, this making the seven defensemen experiment a one-game failure this week.

Dallas came out firing in the first period and the Blackhawks just tried to keep up. Chicago allowed 10 high-danger chances at 5-on-5 in the first period. For context, the most they’ve given up at 5-on-5 in a full game this season is 15 (twice).

Robin Lehner was terrific in the first period but 14 minutes in Roope Hintz parked himself in front of the net and got just enough of a piece of a John Klingberg shot to get the puck into Chicago’s net.

Three minutes later Patrick Kane ignited a rush that saw Alex DeBrincat set up Olli Maatta for the defenseman’s first goal as a member of the Blackhawks.

The second assist on the goal extended Kane’s point streak to 12 games.

After 20 minutes of hockey the Stars held a 16-12 shot advantage.

The Hawks got their act together in the second period. After Lehner was under pressure the entire first period Chicago allowed zero high-danger chances at 5-on-5 in the second. Chicago out-shot Dallas 13-8 in the second but neither team was able to score.

We headed to the third tied at one.

Anton Khudobin made a series of saves that may have saved the game for Dallas 2:30 into the third period. Kubalik had a great look at a mostly open cage but Khudobin got a toe on it. Andrew Shaw then got a couple whacks at a loose puck on the goal line but a review wasn’t able to clearly see the puck across the line, so there was no change in score.

David Kampf went to the box for interference after crashing into the net chasing a breakaway chance with 7:52 left in regulation. Lehner continued to play marvelously and Chicago was able to kill another penalty.

Both teams were getting great looks at the net as the third period continued and both goaltenders were playing exceptional hockey.

With three minutes left in regulation a long shot from the point got through Khudobin but was ruled to have been redirected by a high stick by Dylan Strome. The play was reviewed and it was indeed a high stick. The game continued, tied at one.

Regulation expired with the game knotted. Both sides put 12 shots on net in the third period, making the shot totals 37-36 favoring the Blackhawks after 60 minutes.

For the sixth time in 12 starts by Lehner a game went into overtime.

The Blackhawks were 0-for-4 on the power play; Dallas was 0-for-3. Two Chicago forwards skated more than 20 minutes in regulation: Kane (21:17) and Jonathan Toews (21:53). Kane was credited with seven shots on net in regulation. Duncan Keith (25:07) and Erik Gustafsson (21:04) were the only defensemen over 20.

Kane picked a pocket with 2:40 left in overtime and flew up the ice for a breakaway. He was denied, however, and the Blackhawks were immediately shorthanded because of too many men being on the ice after the failed shot attempt by Kane. It was the second too many men penalty on Chicago in the game and came with 2:27 left in the extra session.

The Hawks killed the penalty and as time wound down Shaw took the puck all the say to the net. He was clearly taken down by Tyler Seguin with four seconds left in regulation but the officials opted to swallow their whistles and let the game be decided in a skills competition.

In 65 minutes of exciting hockey, Khudobin made 39 saves against 40 shots. Lehner made 41 stops against 42.

Joe Pavelski beat Lehner to open the shootout. Toews was up first as always for Chicago and Khudobin got a piece of the puck, keeping Toews from getting a clean shot on net.

Seguin was up second for Dallas and he beat Lehner through the five-hole, the same spot Pavelski scored through. Kane was up second for Chicago and he was rejected. Dallas won in the shootout.

Toews finished the night with five shots on net and won 15 of 24 faceoffs. He was also credited with two blocked shots and one hit.

Maatta scored Chicago’s only goal and led the Blackhawks with six blocked shots.

Alex Nylander skated 12:04 and failed to put a shot on net. Strome skated 17:32 and won half of his 14 faceoffs but also was held without a shot on net. Kubalik was limited to just 8:32 but managed two shots on net.

Keith appeared in his 1,100th career regular season game with the Blackhawks on Saturday night.

45 thoughts on “Red-Hot Stars Beat Blackhawks In Shootout

  1. when is Saad ever going to step up and help this team with an important goal, talk about dead weight Bowmans boy

  2. if the hawks play like that this season, they will be fun to watch and make the playoffs barring an injury to either goalie which is no sure thing: that was a fun game to watch despite the outcome.

    most hawks made a good honest effort both ways all night. Colliton got out of the way and let the set 4 lines play. he needs to realize Dach on PP could pay large dividends.

    Lehner’s agent is drooling like pavlov’s dog: he will be paid $ize large if he keeps this going no matter where he ends up next year….

  3. I like getting a point out of this one, as frustrating as it was at times.

    I liked Toews’ game tonight. I am getting, however, of both him and Kane going toward the net at a snail’s pace on shootouts.

  4. Big congratulations on what rea?ly is an incredible feat of playing 1100 games, thx for the memories Duncan Keith.

    Well a useless pp cost another point for the team, time to simplfiy and put the puck to the net and couple of guys in front screening and looking for a rebound. This making the perfect pass to make the perfect shot to score the perfect goal, had long since become the perfect joke.

    Kubalik had good looks all night, almost scored the game winner and the boy wonder staples him to the bench late in the game. Some things never change.

  5. It appears Lehner,s kryptonite has been found.He is not good in the Shootouts and does not like them.The Hawks Defense was solid tonight with coverage.Toews,Shaw,and Kane were solid and dangerous for most of the game.The other forwards not so good.No shots on goal from 92.Saad mishandled the puck and missed the net most of the game.Strome and Debrincat did not show much other than Stromes deflection.The 4th line was O.K..Was not impressed at all by Dallas.Perry is done.I dont think they even give him regular shifts.Benn and Seguin were floating ghosts for the most part.Bottom line is that it was a game the Hawks should have won.Points are slipping away.

  6. Ian – agree. Kubalik a skilled scorer, “dangerous” (Q term) at times and yet he is scratched one game and plays Bollig minutes the next.

    Great coaching once again. Thanks Bowman nice selection last year.

  7. I had to watch the Dallas feed tonight. Did you guys get to “enjoy” the tribute to Cory Perry on CSN as we did? The Dallas announcers don’t realize they are supposed to do shout-outs and talk about soft serve and horse racing. They were talking about hockey and things like how much space there was in the slot in front of Lehner. It is ironic that the Dallas goal in the first went off a player that Murphy was battling with for that space in front. Not Murphy’s fault. At least he wasn’t allowing the slot to be a safe space as it was earlier in the year. Dach and Kubalik looked good. On one play, Dach had it taken from him in the offensive zone and went back and disrupted the play in the defensive zone to where the Hawks got it back. There are never any easy pucks for the opposition when Dach is involved. Kubalik was dangerous on multiple occasions. Maybe KooKoo could have done it better (sarc). Hard to believe they are only giving Kubalik 8 minutes. What does Colliton dislike? Is Kubalik getting the Joki treatment? Is he in what we used to call “Q’s doghouse”? Surely, Colliton knows best (sarc again).

    People have been saying that Saad is snakebit. It’s more accurate to say that he can’t finish. We’ve been hearing the snakebit thing for 2 years and it is getting old.
    The statistics on the PP are bad, but their second one was great. The goal tending was just too good as it was all night long. Also, the Dallas feed shows the SOG up by the score for the whole game and during the PP time that ran in to the third period, the Hawks SOGs went up a lot. They were not bad PPs considering what we are used to, although someone will comment that there are no moral victories in hockey.

    I thought Shaw got the goal over the line during the scrum on the goal that was waved off. Don’t know when the whistle went and would have liked to hear the homer’s take on it. I guess the replay was inconclusive, but I’ll bet it was in there. Not enough to overturn, but a tough break. The Dallas announcers did not say much. Strome’s stick was definitely high on that one that was waved off. That was a great play that Kane made to steal the puck but couldn’t finish it on the breakaway. He and Toews need to give the 5 hole a rest for a while and start elevating.

    It doesn’t even need to be said anymore. Lehner is terrific. Goforfour had a great line in the comments above when he said: “Lehner’s agent is drooling like pavlov’s dog.” However, the Dallas announcer said that you can tell from Lehner’s body language that he knows he is not good in shoot outs.

    Despite the fact that it was only one point, the Hawks played well. We will take an effort like this every game. Very few goalies are going to be as good as Khudobin was tonight. If he wasn’t the player of the game, he should have been. This game was great entertainment.

  8. They got one point which is good. Overall they played well. Thank God for Lehner. He and Crawford have been outstanding. IMO it’s time for Nylander to be sent down to Rockford. Let him get some playing quality playing time and get some confidence.
    Let’s give someone else a chance to see what they got. I also agree with those that say Kubalik needs more ice time. And please no more Strome in overtime. He can’t skate

  9. ………. and lastly re: coach’s learned decision to play Kubalik all of 8 minutes plus, how does Smith play 13 minutes? Do you have a chance to win the game if the minutes of these two players are reversed, as they should be? That’s five extra minutes for Kubalik to have a chance to score or create a chance for someone else. I don’t mind Smith for limited minutes; 13 minutes is not limited.

    The coach is costing the team points, lots of points. This is fact if we went thru game-by-game, the close games and leads they have blown. He is a poor coach. In game management is atrocious.

  10. Bobby9 agree, a couple of pps they had some good looks, that’s my point put the puck on the net good things happen, just do that as much as they can and try to score, this cutsey passing for prolonged periods around the perimeter isn’t getting the job done. They hace net front guys in Toews, Dach, Shaw, Strome who cane screen and bang a rebound in. Just like the other night with the goalie out, numbers in front and a shot on goal with a rebound. Keep it simple until ut atarts working again.

  11. P.S. too many men on the ice penalty in OT when there less players out there by rule? Isn’t that the coach’s and or his staff responsibility? That eliminated any chance to win the game outside of a shootout, which as great as he has been all season, stellar, Lehner sucks at shootouts.

  12. 1-1 tie. Shaw goal is bullshit. They need to rewrite the rules and if you can see the puck is not in front of net and not on line its in. 2-1 game.

    Time to get rid of shootouts they have no place in the game of hockey.

    This is hockey, but theres no one on the ice.

    Good to get legs back after playing 6 in 9? last two games and first 10 min of this, we were no energy tired. Now we can play again.

  13. @Mo – hope you’re right about them being able to play now because they’d be fine if they competed like that every night – the problem has been that they don’t – I realize the schedule plays into that but they have shown way too much inconsistency so far this year – how about playing 10 games in a row like that then they would deserve to be taken seriously

    Nevertheless very entertaining and well played game from both sides

    Win on Tuesday in regulation and the Hawks still win the home and home

    Thought over 3 periods they were the better team by a slim margin – could have just as easily won that game as DAL

    Agree on Kubalik – 8 Minutes that’s BS and Dach needs more then 11 1/2 minutes

    JC needs to play both of them more – now! Get Dach on PP1 for Shaw – he can be the net front guy plus he’s a good puck hunter and of course has way better hands than Shaw

    Did anyone miss Slater KK? – no I didn’t think so

  14. Agree Ian. On the 4 on 3 power play (30 seconds) , they did not get one shot on net. Kane keeps looking for the perfect pass to DeBrincat and Gus is at the point and just passes to Kane instead of shooting. You can’t score if you don’t shoot.

  15. Agree with Dach on pp1 for Shaw, said that in an earlier post too. If the scoring opportunity is available on pp, obviously go for a Debrincat onetimer or patented Kame snipe or whatever. But when that’s not being given rather than rewarding other ream by not shooting at all and passing around perimeter until something bad happens all the time. Why not just get a couple of bodies in front and get a shot on net and try to create a rebound and greasy as Q said goal and make something good happen. Like to see a stat on teams that create the most greasy type goals, bet alot of successful teams at the top of that stat. Just my thoughts on getting pp going.

  16. Turn about is fair play. A goalie playing perhaps even slightly better than Lehner last night. And agree that almost any break away, during or after the game, on Lehner could be a goal if the gigantic 5-hole is used to hit the back of the net. Word must be out.

    Robs I to had to watch the Dallas feed. While I agree the Stars announcers have much less ‘shtich’, the amount of ‘homerism’ was painful. Enzo keeps it honest and fair. They whined at least 5 times about this and that. I find the Blues and Stars games frustrating to watch. Guess I need to turn off the sound.

  17. Kane, Kubalik and Dach together and give them serious minutes. Jeremy what do you have to lose, everyone wants your head on a platter anyway? I think this could be a line that sparks this team.

  18. Noonan: to be fair, Lehner’s problem is just shootouts, not breakaways. He freely admits he’s terrible on shootouts. But he is solid on breakaways.

  19. Iceman, if were going to bench 8 and play 8 8 min reguardless of 15. Lets have 20 19 8 when Nylander is off.

    Does Nylander make the 4lines roll better being on 1st, because we played good again. I think its more the sch and the lines, because its obvious we have energy playing good teams or shht teams when sch is properly or properly spaced enough and then when we have 3 in 4 or 6 in 9, congestions, is when we play like we did last two games and first 10 min of this DAL game.

    Sure CAR TAM are good teams and have tha fast moving Defensmen like ER? said type of teams and TAM is still the best? team but its each and everyone of those things that make a difference. For how We play its the sch. In terms of be able to play good or play like we have seen on some of them.

  20. Wrap, I hope I am right but I havent ever been worng. Its a pattern I seen since 2009. Doesnt matter if were stacked dynasty roster or playing short handed with 6 ahl players like 2011 2018 2019, I see it.

    Yea were inconsistant beyond sch and system coaching, but I was thinking during the first 10 games this sch is shht and the syaytem doesnt work for our players and people wanted to get every coach gm and others out. That whole time I was starting to lose it myself but keep saying want to see games 10-20, because this sch realy sucks monkey and then if sysytem coachs gm others are that bad off, sure.

    The roster isint complete yet, we do not have Noonan middle aged players and enough of or all of the young wavers yet. What we do have is a full roster for the first time since we were 1 seed and the seed we were when we got hosed by refs in STL game 7, no penaltys called entire game, then after we tie it 2-2 after being down 2, they call 2 against us, OKKKKKKKKKKKKKay.

    Thers just a little bullshht in all of that.

  21. Yea so back to us playing good. We did play good to very good for 8 games, thats basically 10 for us, right now. 6-1-1 or win or tie in 7 of 8 if people will.

    Sch got some funky to it 6 in 9 and got a little tired of playing that hard effort wise, when its get crammed tight like that. What do we know after two games and 10 min to start we get our legs and start passing again.

    I liek seeing this passing were starting to better at. Keep doing that and we could get even better at that. Then were talking.

  22. I think those things go hand in hand, so when it gets crammed its impossble for any team to do it for more then, 8 games like we did. Unless you get lucky and good goals are counted like Shaw, and when we do not get benefits a 2-1 win is a 1-1 tie garbage shootout.

    Big difference in 2 pts, when we deserved it with Shaw goal and shoot Bettman legacy out.

    Thats the difference between 6 seed and 10 seed in the hardest division and conference.

  23. 6-1-1
    0-2
    0-0-1

    6-3-1, that is the recipe for making the playoffs, with all of our problems.

    Lehner stay until young wavers get established, make your decions then, Please.

  24. Think the Hosremen will do wonders to the PP, for that style of sneaky shots for tips and seeing eye goals and rebound goals. Those guys are really good at that kind of stuff.

    I would rather go by a 10 game section then and two or so games, for how were doing. Put another string together 5 or up to 10, starting somewhere in these few games were in now.

    Dach is starting to stay on skate better when getting hit. I Love seeing people try to hit him now and they bounce off. Wait until he turns into a Bronco.

  25. Noonan / others, there should be a option like CC to turn off commemtaters and just listen to the sounds of the game, sounds effects like ice skating hits passing.

    An on ice audio.

  26. Mo as long the coach thinks what the players do doesn’t matter, that he’s the saviour and what wins games, this team isn’t going far. Need a coach who believes in his players and then the players believe in him in return. Thought maybe for awhile maybe, to try and give him credit, it was to keep pressure off players until things turned around. Just appears he’s just not ready to coach at this level yet though.

  27. Uncle Bill you may be right, and I agree that the ability to think things thru on a break away during the game is limited, but mechanically that five hole will be there unless he makes an adjustment and the video people will let the various coaches know before the game.
    No doubt some games he’s been the 1st, 2nd and 3rd star for the Hawks.

  28. That means when do we do the coachs and other for new system then. Is bacock available for a reason now. I read that he is good at possession type style and thats what were not? good at now. Then if doesnt do good we get coashs and system that fits for our organization. At that point, and when is that, are we getting a whole new package of coachs gms sales and marketing. The whole enchilada.

    Take out the ealry bad stretch in firast 10 games, is 3-6, 6-1 & 0-2 is a 6-3-1 games 10-20. That is good.

    Do we wait and go back and forth with 4-7, then 6-1-1, the whole 82 games or doe we make these moves by games 40.

  29. Well we do 4-7 and 6-1-1 every 20 games with this system and this adjusted system every 20 games, that equals +8 over .500 and that is close to make playoffs.

    I would like to be +10-15 over .500 for this yr, to be satisfied with progression after two transistion yrs. Were are in two yr, get to top 10-16 kind of team transition time right now. Then were back to top 5/10 after that.

    2021 & 2022 should be very good yrs. Need a system that works well though.

  30. Just a couple of random thoughts since there are a couple of days here.Let 8 play with 19 and 20.Take the training wheels off of 77 and let him play with 88 and 65.Shaw could take the tough faceoffs.Since Kamph is not going anywhere let him center 12 and 17.Strome can not play #2 Center on any team.I would send 92 down and get a more energetic forward up here to play with 22 and 15 I.E. Highmore.If not put 92 with 22 and 15 and tell him to shoot the puck and skate.Whew,I am tired.I will let one of you guys or ladies figure out the D pairings.

  31. Of course Strome can’t skate….he tries but he is too slow…and too scared to take a hit at the blueline to make a play. Nick Schmaltz, remember that name Stan! Panarin, remember than name Stan!
    JC, not a coach as we all know. CLUELESS! Players deserve a real NHL coach soon! And fire Bowman.

  32. I attended the game in Dallas. It had a playoff type feel to it. Tremendous intensity.

    The positive : Lehner is a stud. I’m not worried about the shootout. Kane has a breakaway in Overtime and got stopped. That was our golden opportunity.
    Conner Murphy plays really really hard. Love what I see of him defensively and offensively he’s got a really hard wrist shot that he drives with force and precision toward the net.

    The negative. Saad. Wow is he awful for $6 Million. Zero hands whatsoever. If Wirtz had a dime for every time he fumbled the puck, he’d be able to pay the entire roster payroll. Keep in mind when Stan traded Panerin for him in 2017, it was to get Toews going. Now Saad is merely a grinder. He’s over paid by $3 Million/year.

    Kubalik had the go ahead goal on stick and failed to finish. Too bad it would have been a huge confidence boost.

    Strome. I’ve loved his game at times down low on the power play. But the above posters are correct. He is Soooo Slooowww. Through the neutral zone that he a rush killer. Kane and Cat are flying on his wings and Strome takes 1001, 1002, almost 1003 to make a decision and by then, it’s too late. Very disheartening. I think Schmaltz is the better player.

    Just my 2 cents and the eye test from Saturday

  33. If Stan Bowman had not handed out all of the long term no trade contracts Panarin could have been the start of a new younger core.
    Being handcuffed with little cap space is all on Stan Bowman.
    Saad and Shaw $$ would have been enough to sign Panarin.
    Dumb management lost the opertunity to be able to sign Panarin.

  34. Hockey Night Canada source had a few comments on the Captains week and season along with Hawks goalies.This week Toews started off questioning the Coaches lineup,then blasted the Officials post Dallas Game,finally related that he hates back to back games against the same team.Toews in a foul mood because theTSN NHL poll rating top centers leaving him out of the top 20 is looking accurate?Lehner hates shootouts relating no coach has been able to help him get better and he would like the NHL to go to 10 Minute 3 on 3 Overtimes.Crawford uncomfortable not knowing when he is going to play next.Looks like patience is wearing thin in that locker room.This week should be fun.

  35. Even if Schmaltz is a little better then Strome, I thought Strome was the better fit for our needs and our players. I do not know. At least they are close, right?

    We got Dach, so was Schmaltz going to be a 1st or 2nd center. Strome doesnt stay long term, building roster to top 5 team quality, then we get a guy like Hands Richy other, then.

    Which ever way we look at it with these trades and draft, it ends of basically the same.

    Just need to get what we need, make the roster better. Young wave coming no matter what.

    Do not trade any of the young wavers. Lehner stay baybaaaaay!

  36. So now Highmore has been called up.
    Is this because of Caggiula’s concussion?
    Who will he be taking time from?

  37. While the quality of play has been much better of late on the road and is encouraging, I have concerns that this Hawks team no longer has an edge with games played at the UC. Teams do not seem intimidated in the least. It is especially concerning that the Hawks have lacked a sense of urgency with their level of play to start the game. If this team is going to start winning more games than they are losing on a consistent basis they need to start winning home games with stronger efforts.

    I am still not sure why JC seems to have it out for Kubalik lately. That guy deserves more minutes imo. Would have been awesome if * had finished that quality chance late in the Dallas game, but look Kane flubbed a breakaway too. Then there is Hands of Stone Saad who can’t seem to catch, control, or shoot a puck anymore. Again, is this guy nursing some kind of hand injury, or is he having trouble with hand eye coordination? Saad does some things well, but for whatever reason he is not the guy we knew when he left Chicago. Maybe someone will give him a new pair of soft hands for Christmas.

    Let’s Go Hawks!

  38. 15 or 92 should hit the press box so we can get a look at a healthy Highmore.Would not mind seeing Hagel get a look too.These are high energy guys with a little creativity to their games that might open up the ice a little bit and stretch the opposing defenses so they can not pinch in at will.

  39. I think Zach Smith sits. Youthful energy vs. mediocre vet plus Hawks have Uber fast Colorado twice this week.

  40. Even though back to back, I see the SA game us doing better in, speed energy wise. As well as the STL game. Not sure about the F game, Phil home games.

    Be normal for us for the 2nd COL and STL games for when we start to roll again.

    Those good players Higmore and other should get some games while people are banged up. Thats the time. These are the guys who will be in next, prob, for next this yrs roster adjustments and this summers adds and not keeps.

    Finetune, from this full roster. Nobody will be rushed out, they get plenty of time to show they got it or not and who gets rewarded for a good yr comes back, like Jammer and Dejon did. Same thing here.

  41. Since last season, have agreed with Hull on Strome’s slowness. Can’t keep up, weak on the puck, and weak checker. Poor defender. Gets most of his points by playing with better talent. Trade him for 2nd rd pick and cut your losses.

    Now 92 is worrying us with his timid play.

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