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game recap

Blackhawks 5, Stars 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com

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Blackhawks 5, Stars 2
Dallas Stars 2, Chicago Blackhawks 5
The Hawks began the first half of their back-to-back games on a high note Friday night as they beat the Dallas Stars 5-2. Cam Barker, Brent Sopel, Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien all scored their first goals of the season, and Patrick Kane added three points (1 G, 2 A) of his own. The three-goal victory is the Hawks’ largest margin f victory on the season.

“I guess a few different people got us going tonight,” said Kane. “It’s big, especially against a team like Dallas. They’ve got a lot of skilled players, and seeing them getting frustrated is going to give you momentum.”

The Hawks’ scoring started mid-way through the first period with a power play goal by Cam Barker, who was playing in his first home game of the season. Patrick Kane put Chicago up 2-1 on a feed from Martin Havlat to close out the first period. After the Hawks successfully killed a 5-on-3 power play, Brent Sopel scored the go-ahead goal to put the Hawks up for good.

“Special teams is going to win and lose you games,” said Soepl. “If they score the 5-on-3 goal, it’s a whole different game.”

“I always feel that if you have a 5-on-3 and don’t score you generally don’t win the game,” said Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville. “Tonight, we had a huge kill. Our penalty killers were strong tonight and definitely factored into the outcome.”

Byfuglien and Ladd scored in the third period to seal the win, the first two goals of the season from the Hawks’ third offensive line.

“We need contributions from everybody, and that includes us,” said Andrew Ladd. “We need to keep it up. It’s just more confidence- hopefully we can keep it rolling.”

The win was a total team effort; on the night, nine Blackhawks skaters had points in the game, and Nikolai Khabibulin had 21 saves.

“We can’t wait for Kaner, Toews and Sharp and those guys to score every night,” said Sopel. “We need to be a balanced team from start to finish.”

The Blackhawks play at Columbus Saturday night, their only road game out of their next six.
scoring summary
1st Period
06:17
DAL
Loui Eriksson (5) ASST: Brenden Morrow (8), Mike Ribeiro (11)
1 - 0 DAL
09:59
CHI
PPG - Cam Barker (1) ASST: Brian Campbell (5), Patrick Kane (5)
1 - 1 Tie
18:50
CHI
Patrick Kane (6) ASST: Martin Havlat (7), Troy Brouwer (3)
2 - 1 CHI
2nd Period
07:39
DAL
Steve Ott (2) ASST: Krys Barch (2), Tobias Stephan (1)
2 - 2 Tie
13:26
CHI
Brent Sopel (1) ASST: Patrick Kane (6), Jonathan Toews (6)
3 - 2 CHI
3rd Period
13:50
CHI
Andrew Ladd (1) ASST: Cam Barker (1)
4 - 2 CHI
15:51
CHI
Dustin Byfuglien (1) ASST: Dave Bolland (4)
5 - 2 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
09:21
DAL
Steve Ott  Roughing against  Ben Eager
09:21
CHI
Ben Eager  Roughing against  Steve Ott
09:21
DAL
Sean Avery  Too many men/ice - bench
16:01
CHI
Aaron Johnson  Tripping against  Toby Petersen
2nd Period
01:51
CHI
Cam Barker  Interference against  Trevor Daley
07:39
CHI
Ben Eager  Roughing against  Stephane Robidas
08:31
CHI
Brent Seabrook  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
15:22
DAL
Stephane Robidas  Hooking against  Patrick Sharp
3rd Period
09:21
CHI
Brent Sopel  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
10:34
DAL
Brenden Morrow  Holding against  Kris Versteeg
16:19
DAL
Steve Ott  Interference on goalkeeper against  Nikolai Khabibulin
20:00
CHI
Ben Eager  Slashing against  Steve Ott
goalie stats
Tobias Stephan
Tobias Stephan
1-1-0
SA: 32TOI: 59:54
Saves: 27EV: 22 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .844SH: 1 - 1
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
Saves: 21EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .913SH: 1 - 1