The Chicago Blackhawks arrived in Dallas atop the NHL standings, and they showed why they are the best in a dominating 8-1 over the Dallas Stars Saturday night.
The Stars have now lost four games in a row (0-3-1) and have lost all three games of their current home stand. Over the last three games, they have allowed 14 goals and scored only two.
Kari Lehtonen allowed four goals on 17 shots before being pulled with 11:59 left in the second period. Richard Bachman didn’t fare much better. He also allowed four goals on 17 shots. At the other end, Corey Crawford only faced 19 shots.
Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa scored two goals each and Duncan Keith, Nick Leddy, Johnny Oduya and Patrick Kane scored the other six goals. The Blackhawks were 2-for-6 on the power play and one of Hossa’s goals was scored on a 5-on-3. The Stars ended up 1-for-2 with the man advantage.
Chicago scored three goals in the first period, two of which were scored by Jonathan Toews standing at the top of the crease. Both of Hossa’s goals made up two of Chicago’s three goals in the second period. Kane wrapped up the scoring with highlight goal-of-the-year candidate. Kane skated into the zone and executed a spin move before unleashing a backhand shot past Bachman’s glove.
Trevor Daley netted the Stars’ lone goal 6:30 into the third period, but the scoreboard was already showing 7-0 at that point.
The final game of the Stars’ home stand is against the Calgary Flames Monday night.