Stars Dominated By The Blackhawks, Lose 4-1

The Dallas Stars suffered their second loss in a row in a 4-1 beating by the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks.

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That's A Wrap: Stars 1 - Blackhawks 4

The fast start killed the Stars again as the Blackhawks scored just 33 seconds into the third period. Marion Hossa took advantage of a turnover and a lucky bounce to put the Stars into a 3-0 deficit.

Adam Burish gave the puck away to Patrick Kane, who dished it off to Hossa. Hossa put on a shot on net from the blue line that ricocheted off of Adam Pardy's stick and by Kari Lehtonen.

One more minute was all that the Hawks would need to put up their fourth goal of the game. They took advantage of another turnover and this time Patrick Sharp put in his second goal of the game.

Things looked bleak for Dallas from the get-go in this game after the Blackhawks scored in the first ten seconds and it never got better. Kari Lehtonen had his first really bad game in weeks and the defense did him no favors by continuously turning the puck over.

The Blackhawks were just hungrier in this game and were more determined to fight for possession of the puck. This was a thoroughly disappointing performance from Dallas in a game with huge playoff implications.

Jamie Benn would get a goal late in the third period to deny Corey Crawford his shutout. It was just too little too late.

Dallas has now dropped two in a row and holds a precarious two point lead over the Phoenix Coyotes to stay in the third spot in the West. The next game for the Stars just happens to be against the Coyotes for a game to decide who gets the division lead.

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2nd Intermission Report: Dallas Stars 0 - Chicago Blackhawks 2

This was a period where literally nothing happened. The game bogged down as neither team could get scoring chances or even shots on goal.

Both teams were in a standoff until the last five minutes of the period when the Stars got a flurry of shots on goal. Dallas had a great chance to score a goal when a massive scrum ensued right in front of Corey Crawford but the Stars just couldn't get the puck past him.

The Stars were much better this period. They actually looked alive and were dishing out the hits and fighting for pucks, things that just weren't happening in the first period. They were very limited in scoring chances though and need to find better ways of getting the puck towards Corey Crawford with some scoring intent.

Too many of the shots right now are from far away and those are easy for Crawford right now. He stopped all 11 shots that he faced.

No penalties were called this period.

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1st Intermission Report: Stars 0 - Blackhawks 2

Things got off to a horrendous start for the Stars as Dave Bolland scored just 10 seconds into the game. Bolland took a pass from Andrew Shaw, skated down the middle of the ice and used Adam Pardy to screen his shot. His wrister went over Kari Lehtonen's right shoulder for a quick 1-0 lead. It's the fastest goal ever allowed by the Stars to begin a game.

Pardy did a terrible job getting in front of Bolland and didn't really try to stop him. The fact that he even screened his own goalie just compounded the problems that he caused.

Patrick Sharp would score just one minute later on a very stoppable shot from the boards. Sharp had the puck to Kari Lehtonen's right side along the boards and just threw up a shot that went over Lehtonen's left shoulder and into the top right corner of the net. The shot didn't really have much pace to it and Lehtonen should have stopped it. There was a pseudo-screen from Viktor Stalberg as he flashed in front of Lehtonen right when Sharp shot the puck.

Dallas couldn't get control of the puck for the first ten minutes of the game as the Hawks just controlled play. They could have easily scored a couple more goals but their forwards couldn't quite get pucks onto sticks. Both goals were not on scoring chances and could have easily been stopped if Lehtonen had not been screened.

Dallas would start to get into the game after then and started to get some pressure on Chiacgo. They got shots on net, hit the post and looked ready to really get into the game, but their momentum was halted by penalties. One was a terrible tripping call on Loui Eriksson as Brent Seabrook dove. Dallas was able to kill that off but were immediately put back on the penalty kill as Michael Ryder took a double minor for high sticking.

Loui Eriksson put in some great work and drew a penalty, negating the last two minutes of the power play for the Hawks.

Overall, it was just ugly ugly ugly from the Stars. They need to get into the locker room, regroup and come out playing smart hockey the rest of the way.

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