In the much-anticipated debut of Teuvo Teräväinen, the Blackhawks handled their business and earned two points in regulation against the visiting Dallas Stars.
Teräväinen became the 18th player selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft to make his NHL debut, but his may have been the most anticipated of the group to date.
He was as good as advertised in his debut, skating between Brandon Saad and Ben Smith for most of the night. Teräväinen was also sent out on the Hawks first power play unit of the night. In the game, the phenom won his first seven faceoffs and showed off the vision fans have been hearing about since he was selected almost two years ago.
Andrew Shaw got the Hawks on the board in the first, scoring a power play goal as he was falling to the ice. Dallas carried the action in the opening 20 minutes, but the Hawks escaped the first with the lead.
In the second, Marian Hossa made a nice defensive play to take the puck away and get it to Kris Versteeg, whose shot was directed past Kari Lehtonen by a Dallas stick to extend the Hawks lead to 2-0.
Ryan Garbutt scored his first goal of the night moments after Versteeg’s goal to cut the lead in half, but Duncan Keith sixth goal of the year made the score 3-1. At the end of two periods, the Hawks were out-shooting 30-20.
Garbutt scored his second of the night and 14th of the season at 14:20 into the third, but a late goal from Hossa capped the night. The Hawks scored four times on 42 shots, with Lehtonen making 38 saves against 41 in the defeat. Corey Crawford finished the evening making 25 saves against 27 shots to earn his 29th victory.
Jonathan Toews won 23 of 28 faceoffs in the game and was credited with an assist in the game. Dallas won 22 faceoffs as a team on Tuesday night. Patrick Sharp was credited with two assists in the game, while Keith and Shaw had one goal and one assist each.
Teräväinen skated 16 shifts in 11:39 in the game.
Colorado defeated Nashville in a shootout and St. Louis also won on Tuesday night, keeping the standings in the Central status quo.