Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Duncan Keith netted the deciding goal late
in the second period and Marian Hossa added an empty-net insurance marker as
Chicago topped Dallas, 4-2, at United Center.
Andrew Shaw and Kris Versteeg also lit the lamp for the Blackhawks, who have
won three of their last four and took the season series against their Central
Division rivals by a 4-1-0 count.
"It was a big win tonight," Keith said. "I thought we came out, had a pretty
good start and we were able to get one on the power play which was nice to get
Corey Crawford stopped 25-of-27 shots for the victorious hosts.
Ryan Garbutt registered both goals for the Stars, while Kari Lehtonen came up
with 38 saves in the loss.
"It's that time of year where it doesn't really matter if you had your
chances," Garbutt said. "At the end of the day you have to get the two points
so we gotta make sure we come back hard next game here."
Despite coming up empty on a power-play chance earlier in the third and facing
a two-goal deficit, Garbutt stuffed one home from behind the net and inside
the right post with 5:40 to play, and the Stars climbed back within 3-2.
Lehtonen was called to the bench for an extra skater with well over one minute
to go, and Chicago's first try to the empty cage was negated after officials
ruled the puck was batted in due to a high stick.
Hossa made no mistake, though, on the next shift, providing the winning two-
goal margin at 19:26.
Shaw slid home a loose puck created from a Patrick Sharp rebound and Chicago
led 1-0 with 18 seconds left in the first period.
Versteeg doubled the hosts' edge at 4:12, then Garbutt put the Stars on the
board just after the midway point of the second when he cut from left to right
and beat Crawford through the pads on the backhand.
It was 3-1 on Keith's left-point blast off a dish from Sharp at 14:15.
19-year-old Finnish native Teuvo Teravainen made his NHL debut for the
Blackhawks, held without a shot on goal in 11:39 of ice time ... Dallas
forward Tyler Seguin extended his point streak to 10 games with an assist.