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Stars blast Blackhawks, tighten Central race

Field Level Media
29 Mar 2023, 14:40 GMT+10

Four scorers helped the Dallas Stars to a 4-1 win against the host Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.

Tyler Seguin, Colin Miller, Joe Pavelski and Luke Glendening tallied for the Stars (40-20-14, 94 points), who are one point behind the Central Division-leading Minnesota Wild and tied in points with the second-place Colorado Avalanche, who hold a game in hand.

Dallas' Jake Oettinger made 17 saves.

Tyler Johnson scored for the Blackhawks (24-44-6, 54 points), who have lost six straight. Alex Stalock made 26 saves before he was given a game misconduct at 16:32 of the third period. Petr Mrazek stopped all three shots faced in relief.

Seguin gave Dallas a 1-0 lead at 5:45 of the first period. Jani Hakanpaa carried the puck down the right side in transition, skating to the right faceoff dot before dishing to Seguin, who beat Stalock from the slot.

Miller made it 2-0 at 18:59 in the final second of a power play. Evgenii Dadonov, along the right wall, found a wide-open Miller with a cross-ice pass, and the defenseman fired a shot from the top of the left circle.

The Stars outshot the Blackhawks 9-4 in the first period and by early in the second held a 20-8 advantage in shot attempts.

Taylor Raddysh had a rare chance for Chicago midway through the middle frame on a three-on-two rush, but his backhand from low in the left circle skipped just wide of the far side of the net.

Pavelski pushed Dallas' lead to 3-0 at 11:24 of the second when he tipped Joel Hanley's point shot in the slot by Stalock's glove side.

The Blackhawks couldn't muster any form of attack for much of the second, going nearly 17 minutes with just one shot on goal in the period. They finally got their second of the frame with just over three minutes left, earning sarcastic cheers from the crowd.

Glendening capitalized on a short-handed two-on-one break to extend it to 4-0 at 7:04 of the third period. It was his third goal of the season and first in 48 games.

Johnson snapped a 14-game goal drought when he swept in a rebound in front of the net to cut it to 4-1 at 10:33.

--Field Level Media

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