A one-sided parade to the penalty box kept the Blackhawks' power play in the one place it could do no damage: The bench. But once the unit did get a chance, it didn't mess around Saturday night in helping propel the Hawks to a 5-2 victory over the Stars at American Airlines Center. After five consecutive trips to the box during which their much-maligned penalty killing proved up to the task, the Hawks finally had a man advantage and Patrick Kane took advantage of the open ice to score the winner late in the second period of the battle between Central Division opponents. "It was frustrating with all the penalties early trying to get our four lines and six 'D' in the game and trying to get some flow going," said Patrick Sharp, who matched a career high with four assists. "We were patient and we capitalized on our power play. We knew one was going to come sooner or later and to get a big goal on it to take the lead was huge for us." In addition to his team-leading 10th goal of the season, Kane added an assist to go with Marian Hossa's two goals, Jonathan Toews' goal and an assist and Niklas Hjalmarsson's empty-net score to provide the offense for netminder Corey Crawford as the Hawks improved to 11-2-4. The Hawks twice rallied from one-goal deficits to defeat red-hot Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen, who got support Cody Eakin and Tyler Seguin goals. "I don't think we started the first two periods well enough," Toews said. "As the first and the second went along we got better and better and took back control of the game. Even in the third, we had some moments when we were sloppy. It's no surprise that when you come out a little bit flat you're going to end up in the box.
Hossa scores twice in Blackhawks 5-2 victory over Stars
Chicago Tribune | Nov 10