Sunday, December 11, 2016

Hossa, Darling, Help Blackhawks Beat Stars, 3-1

The Chicago Blackhawks came into tonight's game scoring 6 goals in their last 4 games.  They were hoping to get their scoring touch back against a Dallas Stars team that has only won twice in their last seven games.  They responded with netting 3 goals behind Stars' goaltender, Kari Lehtonen, on their way to a 3-1 victory.

After a scoreless first period, Dallas got onto the scoreboard early in the 2nd, as a 4-on-2 ended with Devin Shore scoring his 5th of the year to give the Stars a 1-0 lead.  

Less than a minute later, it was the ageless Marian Hossa, with his 15th goal of the year to tie the game at 1.  Ten minutes later, Artem Anisimov had a puck deflect off of him and in the back of the net for his 12th of the season to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead.

In the 3rd, Artemi Panarin scored on a one-timer from an impossible angle to put the nail in the coffin to make it a 3-1 Blackhawks lead.

Scott Darling had another strong game with a 23 save performance for the win.  Quenneville on the play of Darling, "The one thing that has been consistent this year has been our goaltending."

Notable Mentions:  Marian Hossa's goal was his 514th of his career, putting him ahead of ex-Blackhawk, Jeremy Roenick for 38th on the All-Time goal list.  Ryan Hartman had a strong game with an assist, 4 shots and 3 takeaways.  Niklas Hjalmarsson led the way again for the Hawks with 4 blocked shots.

Three Stars of the Night
1st - CHI - Marian Hossa - (1G)
2nd - CHI - Ryan Hartman - 1A, 4 shots, 3 Takeaways
3rd - CHI - Scott Darling - 23 saves, .958 SV%

Next game: Tuesday, December 13th, Away vs. New York Rangers, 6PM CT, TV-NBCSN, RADIO-720WGN-AM


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