The Blackhawks were in Dallas on Friday night for what was supposed to be a big Central Division match-up. Marian Hossa returned to the Hawks’ lineup for the first time since before the trade deadline, giving the Blackhawks a nearly-complete roster (Marcus Kruger is still working his way back). After losing a tough game in St. Louis earlier this week, certainly the Hawks would show up… right?
The Blackhawks potent power play was 0-5.
The Blackhawks struggling penalty kill allowed two goals in six short-handed situations.
Corey Crawford allowed four goals against 20 shots and was yanked after only 30 minutes.
And when the dust settled, the Blackhawks were in third place in the Central Division.
Dallas scored only once in the first period; Jason Spezza scored a power play goal to start the part. Chicago couldn’t stay out of the penalty box as Andrew Shaw, Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann all went to the box in the opening 20 minutes.
The Hawks hung in through the first period but simply didn’t have it in the second. Three Dallas goals in the first 10:42 of the period spelled the end of Crawford’s evening and had the Hawks looking up at a four-goal deficit. Scott Darling came in to stop the bleeding, but the damage was done.
Teuvo Teravainen skated between Weise and Fleischmann – finally – and that line was the only bright spot for the Hawks. Teravainen won 11 of 17 faceoffs and scored Chicago’s first goal, cutting the Stars’ lead to 4-1 late in the second. Fleischmann picked up an assist on Teravainen’s goal and then scored one of his own as the Hawks’ third line was the sum of the offense.
Ales Hemsky added an insurance goal with less than five minutes in regulation for Dallas. Four Dallas players – Spezza, Hemsky, Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn – had a goal and an assist in a dominant performance by the Stars.
Hossa led the Hawks with six shots on net in 15:30 in his return to the lineup. Jonathan Toews won 16 of 25 faceoffs, but spent three full minutes short-handed and another 3:58 on the power play in a night that was entirely too special teams-heavy.
Patrick Kane was held to only one shot on net in over 19 minutes of ice time.
Duncan Keith (26:44) and Brent Seabrook (23:03) were the only Hawks skaters over 20 minutes on the night. Brandon Mashinter and Dennis Rasmussen were healthy scratches while Michal Rozsival was dealing with a lower body issue.