The Stars beat the Hawks 2-1 in a shootout at home on November 23rd, then turned around and lost 3-0 three days later in Chicago. Dallas had only managed one goal in over 120 minutes of play against Chicago this year, and that needed to change if they were going to take advantage of the last place team in the Central Division.
The first period started slow, after a beautiful ceremony on behalf of Andrew Cogliano‘s 1,000th game. The game stayed slow, until Joe Pavelski opened up the scoring a little over 15 minutes into the game. Dallas had been controlling the play for the majority of the period when Alexander Radulov stole the puck away from Chicago forward Drake Caggiula, as he attempted to skate out of the zone. Rads turned around and fired a quick backhand, which was rebounded into the net from Joe Pavelski.
The period would end with the Stars on top, 1-0.
Patrick Kane made a nice play off a steal from Klingberg, to streak in on Khudobin, however, Esa Lindell was able to head him off to the near side post and prevent a better scoring chance. As Dallas turned play around the other way, Radek Faksa, received a two minute penalty for interference.
Right after the power play began, the Blackhawks won the face off back to Duncan Keith who would pass it over to Kubalik who one timed the puck into the net. On a poorly timed penalty, Jonathan Toews, received an interference call after winning the face off, that nullified the goal. While playing four on four hockey, Lindell received a pass that sent him in on a breakaway. A beautiful backhand shot would fool the crowd into thinking he scored, however, the puck rang off two posts and never crossed the line.
Dominik Kubalik redeemed his overturned goal, as he rifled home a one timer after a beautiful pass from Patrick Kane. The goal came four on four, just before his teammate left the box.
The Stars were able to get their goal advantage back, after Benn made a play in the corner to chip the puck to Perry who then swatted a bouncing puck over to Tyler Seguin in front of the net. The goal was quickly followed up by a missed penalty shot opportunity by Janmark.
The Stars concluded the period ahead 2-1.
Goals were few and far between in the game, as the two veteran net minders dueled it out. Both teams had plenty of opportunities, but the game would conclude 2-1, in favor of the Dallas Stars.
- Anton Khudobin
- Esa Lindell
- Dominik Kubalik
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