When Joe Pavelski and his two “sons” score, you know the Dallas Stars are in for a good game. Goals from Joe Pavelski, Roope Hintz and Jason Robertson propel the Stars to a 6-4 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Unfortunately the Nashville Predators picked up a point from going to OT so the Stars will stay in the second Wildcard spot. Here is the recap of what went down on Sunday Night Hockey for the Stars.
Dallas Stars vs Chicago Blackhawks: 1st period recap
Alexander Radulov would draw a painful penalty and give the Stars an early power play opportunity. Jamie Benn would score on the power play to give the Stars an early 1-0 lead. This is exactly what the Stars needed coming out of the gate in the 1st period.
Esa Lindell would accidentally try to stop the puck but would accidentally knock it in. Philipp Kurashev would be credited for the goal as the Blackhawks would tie it up at 1. Chicago would go on their first power play of the game as Faska would go sit for interference. Jonathan Toews would score goal for Chicago on another Lindell redirection in front of Oettinger.
Alex DeBrincat would give the Stars another power play with eight minutes remaining in the period for a retaliatory hit on Luke Glendening. Joe Pavelski would score another power play goal for Dallas to tie it at 2.
Michael Raffl would get a breakaway on a late Chicago power play and would lose control of the puck. At the end of the 1st period, the Stars and the Blackhawks are tied at 2. The Blackhawks lead in shots on goal 13-10. It would have been a perfect period if Esa Lindell didnt score two “own goals” for Chicago.
Dallas Stars vs Chicago Blackhawks: 2nd period recap
Roope Hintz scores on a Chicago turnover in their own zone to give the Stars an early lead in the second frame. Stars would get another shot attempt on Kevin Lankinen, but Chicago would stop any second chance attempt.
Boris Katchouck would snipe one past Otter to tie the game back up at 3. Midway through the 2nd, Blackhawks have outshot the Stars 8-4. The Blackhawks almost took the lead twice, but the hockey gods blessed the Stars by not allowing it to go in. Jason Robertson would give the Stars a 4-3 lead by working the puck in front of the net past Lankinen.
Robertson would add another one to his goal total tonight as he ripped one to make it 5-3. Stars are feeling the momentum off his first goal earlier on in the period. This goal would officially put him on hat trick watch.
At the end of the 2nd period, the Stars lead the Blackhawks 5-3. Chicago still leads the Stars in total shots on goal 25-20. Perfect momentum swing for the Stars as they are looking for two points out of this game. Let’s see if they can hang on to the lead in the 3rd period.
Dallas Stars vs Chicago Blackhawks: 3rd period recap
Chicago would change their goalie to start the 3rd period. The Stars would test him immediately as Seguin’s shot would miss the net. Oettinger has seemed to settle down after a shaky two periods. He seems like the MVP that has helped the Stars get into playoff contention this period.
Midway through the period, the Stars seem in control of this game as Blackhawks cant get settled in the Stars zone. Roope Hintz almost added one to his total but Delia would make an amazing save. Tyler Seguin would put the dagger in the coffin as he would give the Stars a 6-3 lead.
Kirby Dach would add a goal for the Blackhawks late in the 3rd period. But his goal would not be enough for the comeback as the Stars win 6-4 in Chicago and get the two points they desperately needed. Stars will return home to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday night.