Dallas at Chicago

Kane has three-point night to help Blackhawks roll over Stars

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane knows where to look when he's trying to set up a goal: just inside the blue line.

Kane scored and set up goals by defensemen Cam Barker and Brent Sopel, leading the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Friday.

"Ever since I've been here there's been a lot of production from the defensive corps," Kane said. "Barker and Sopel, big goals there. They got us going. You get those guys to chip in, it's real good for the team."

Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien also scored for Chicago, which remained unbeaten in regulation at home (4-0-2).

"We have to start winning some games on the road," Kane said of the Hawks, 0-3-1 on the road. "But we have a nice home stretch here and we've got to take advantage of it."

Kane has six goals and six assists in 10 games in 2008-09 after leading rookies in scoring with 21 goals and 51 assists in 82 games last year.

"I like the way we compete and we generated a lot of offense tonight," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said.

Loui Eriksson and Steve Ott scored for Dallas, which opened a five-game road trip.

Chicago's Nikolai Khabibulin made 21 saves. The Blackhawks killed all five of Dallas' power plays, including a 68-second 5-on-3 advantage midway through the second when the game was tied at 2.

The Stars didn't manage a shot during the two-man advantage.

"I always feel if you get a 5-on-3 and you don't score, you generally don't win the game," Quenneville said. "We found out the other day when we came out on the short end of it and didn't score. Tonight we had a huge kill."

Dallas backup goalie Tobias Stephan stopped 27 shots in his second straight start in place of struggling Marty Turco. Stephan earned his first NHL victory on Wednesday, 4-2 over Minnesota. Friday's start was only his second this season and third in the NHL.

On Friday, Stephan didn't get much support.

"We made too many mistakes to win the game," Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. "We wanted to play a sound road game. We weren't close to playing a sound road game.

"You just can't give them outnumbered breaks," he added. "That's just brain cramps and turnovers by us."

The Stars entered the game with an NHL-worst 3.95 team goals-against average. Turco has a 4.26 goals-against and .842 save percentage. Stephan's start

"We gave them a lot of outnumbered rushes. We're not going to win a lot of games like that," Dallas forward Mike Ribeiro said. "If you give up five goals, you're not going to win a lot of games."

Eriksson opened the scoring 6:17 in, scoring from the right edge of the crease after taking Brenden Morrow's cross-ice feed.

Barker's power-play goal midway through the first tied it at 1. Barker, playing his second game since being recalled from Rockford of the AHL on Monday, connected on a screened drive from the top of the slot.

Kane put Chicago ahead 2-1 with 1:10 left in the first when he took a pass from Martin Havlat to complete a 2-on-1 break.

Ott tied it 2-all at 7:39 of the second on a breakaway from center ice.

Sopel restored Chicago's lead 3-2 with 6:34 left in the second. Left uncovered at the right point, Sopel took Kane's pass from the left boards, skated to the top the circle and ripped a high shot that clanked in off the left post.

Ladd and Byfuglien each scored their first goals of the season late in the third to seal Chicago's victory.

Ladd scored on a 2-on-1 with 6:10 left in the third to make it 4-2. Byfuglien made it 5-2 just over two minutes later when he connected from the edge of the crease.

Notes

  • Dallas C Brad Richards missed the game with a lower-body injury. The Stars did not disclose how long Richards might be out. Dallas RW Jere Lehtinen missed his 11th game with a groin injury and D Doug Janik missed his sixth straight with an eye injury. Both are day to day and could return within a week. Stars D Sergei Zubov, who has not played this season due to hip injury, is expected to return next Friday at Anaheim.
  • Sopel's goal was his first since Jan. 11, 2008.
  • Stephan made his first NHL start against the Blackhawks last season, stopping 38 of 40 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss on Oct. 13, 2007.
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Andrew Ladd gets some relief after scoring his first goal this season on a 2-on-1 breakaway. (AP)
Andrew Ladd gets some relief after scoring his first goal this season on a 2-on-1 breakaway. (AP)

Scoreboard
Dallas (4-5-2)1102
Chicago  (4-3-3) «2125
Three Stars
P. Kane
CHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
C. Barker
CHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
B. Sopel
CHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
06:17Loui Eriksson (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Morrow, Ribeiro
09:59Power Play - Cam Barker (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Campbell, Kane
18:50Patrick Kane (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Havlat, Brouwer
2ND PERIOD
07:39Steve Ott (2), Snap Shot. Assist: Barch, Stephan
13:26Brent Sopel (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Kane, Toews
3RD PERIOD
13:50Andrew Ladd (1), Snap Shot. Assist: Barker
15:51Dustin Byfuglien (1), Tip-In. Assist: Bolland
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
09:21Ott, 2 min, Roughing
09:21Eager, 2 min, Roughing
09:21Avery, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
16:01Johnson, 2 min, Tripping
2ND PERIOD
01:51Barker, 2 min, Interference
07:39Eager, 2 min, Roughing
08:31Seabrook, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
15:22Robidas, 2 min, Hooking
3RD PERIOD
09:21Sopel, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
10:34Morrow, 2 min, Holding
16:19Ott, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
20:00Eager, 2 min, Slashing
Shots On Goal
 123T
Dallas1031023
Chicago1281232
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Tobias Stephan59:54275
Nikolai Khabibulin60:00212
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Dallas0-for-5
Chicago1-for-4
Game Information
Attendance - 21212
Referees - Wes McCauley, Kevin Pollock
Linesmen - Pierre Champoux, Derek Nansen
 
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