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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.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.