Saturday, February 4, 2017

Franchise Milestones Help Blackhawks Battle Back To Win In 'Big D', 5-3 Over Stars

By Randy Holndoner (@bhawkschatter)

The Chicago Blackhawks gave up yet another third period lead, before battling back to beat the Dallas Stars, 5-3 in Dallas tonight.

The Blackhawks had yet another rough go, entering the third period in Dallas.  After giving up the first goal of the game :08 into the second period, the Hawks battled back to take a 2-1 lead at the end of that period, thanks to goals by Hartman (12th), and Forsling (2nd).

Jamie Benn tied the game with another early goal.  This time :40 into the period.  Tyler Seguin then picked Forsling's pocket and scored to give Dallas a 3-2 lead.  Here we go again.  

Tonight though, would be different.  Just :35 after Seguin gave the Stars the lead, Patrick Kane got in and stick-handled his way to the net and around Stars goalie, Kari Lehtonen, to tie the game at 3 (his 17th).  It was the first goal the Blackhawks had scored in the 3rd period since January 22nd, against the Vancouver Cancucks (5 games ago).  Again, it had been FIVE games since the Hawks had scored a single goal in a 3rd period.

Then with 4:03 remaining, Trevor van Riemsdyk followed up on an Artem Anisimov shot and poked a loose puck into the back of the net to give the Hawks a 4-3 lead. Corey Crawford then came up huge, late in the period, and Jonathan Toews ended the scoring (10th) with an empty net goal.

It was a night of franchise milestones as well.  Patrick Kane scored his 268th goal as a Blackhawk, placing him in a tie for 6th All-Time with Tony Amonte.  Kane was previously in a tie for 7th All-Time with Jeremy Roenick (267).  

Also, Corey Crawford climbed to 3rd All-Time, on the Blackhawks goalie win list (202).  'Crow', surpassed, 'The Eagle', Ed Belfour, and did so in 55 fewer games.

3 Stars of The Game
1 - CHI - Patrick Kane (1G, 4 shots)
2 - DAL - Jamie Benn (1G, 5 shots)
3 - CHI - Artem Anisimov (2A)

Next Game: Wednesday, February 8th, Away vs. Minnesota Wild, 7PM CT


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