In one of the most disappointing games in recent memory, and before a sold out American Airlines Center crowd covered in red, the Dallas Stars fell 8-1 to the Western Conference-leading Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night. The Blackhawks, who seemed to hit a slump in their domination of the Western Conference as of late, shattered any concern the team was falling into a tailspin.
The Stars kicked off the game appearing to have some energy, fighting hard to get the puck into the Chicago zone and limiting the amount of opportunities for shots on goal for the Blackhawks. But after a one-two punch by Jonathan Toews in the first period, scoring two goals in the span of a minute and half, any confidence the Stars may have had, started withering away. Nick Leddy added another goal before the end of the period, sending the Stars into the locker room down 3-1.
Chicago hit the ice strong in the second period, scoring another three goals in the second period. After Chicago’s fourth goal by defenseman Johnny Oduya, Kari Lehtonen headed to the Stars bench visibly frustrated, allowing a fresh-legged Richard Bachman to take over. Bachman’s luck mirrored that of Lehtonen’s, though, with Chicago’s Marian Hossa scoring consecutive goals. The Stars limped to the locker room down 6-1.
Once again in the third period, the Blackhawks came on strong, with Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane scoring yet another two goals against Bachman.
Between the two, though, a brief and shining light sparked in the Stars as Trevor Daley managed to sneak one past Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford. It appeared the Stars scored a second with a quick shot by Eric Nystrom that found the back of the net, but the goal was waved off after a goalie interference call on Vernon Fiddler.
The Stars take on the Calgary Flames at 7:90 p.m. tonight at American Airlines Center. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest Plus.