Chicago at Dallas

Kane finds net twice as Blackhawks double up struggling Stars


DALLAS -- Chicago coach Joel Quenneville liked the way the Blackhawks finished a lot more than the way they started.

Kris Versteeg scored the tiebreaking power-play goal with 30 seconds left in the second period, Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 31 shots, and the Blackhawks overcame a lethargic beginning to beat the Dallas Stars 6-3 on Thursday.

Dallas dominated the first 13 minutes with a 10-1 shots-on-goal edge. But Khabibulin made 12 first-period saves and Chicago tied it at 1 with 37 seconds left in the first period on Patrick Kane's wrister from the left circle.

"We didn't like the way we started the game," Quenneville said. "We were fortunate to be in it. But those goals late in a period are big goals."

The 35-year-old Khabibulin improved to 6-1-4.

"He's been doing that all year," Versteeg said. "We were a little sluggish early and he kept us in it."

Kane added an empty-netter with 15.9 seconds left, and the Blackhawks improved to 2-0 to open a six-game road trip.

Martin Havlat, Ben Eager and Brian Campbell added goals for Chicago.

With the score even at 3 in the closing seconds of the second period, Versteeg sped around three Stars and skated to the front of the net, beating Dallas goalie Marty Turco for Versteeg's seventh goal of the season.

"I tried to take it wide, then take it hard to the net," Versteeg said. "We're really coming on, playing great on the road."

Havlat fired a shot past a screened Turco at 6:40 of the third period to extend the lead to 5-3, and the Blackhawks went on to win their third straight on the road.

Brenden Morrow, Mike Modano and rookie James Neal scored for the slumping Stars, who failed in a bid for their first consecutive victories of the season. Modano has 534 career goals, extending his record for U.S.-born players.

"It's real frustrating," Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas said. "We had high expectations, but you look at the standings and we're at the bottom. With the talent we have, that's unacceptable."

Morrow's rebound put the Stars in front at 7:37 of the opening period before Kane's last-minute goal tied it.

"I think we played a great first period, but we had a breakdown and we were tied," Stars center Brad Richards said. "We couldn't carry that momentum into the second period. It's been a tough climb."

Chicago went in front 2-1 at 6:44 of the second period when Eager skated in alone and beat Turco from the right circle, but Dallas tied it at 2 on Modano's power-play goal at 7:50 of the second period.

Campbell answered for the Blackhawks with a man-advantage goal at 9:08 of the second period for a 3-2 advantage.

Neal pulled Dallas even at 3 on a rebound at 16:06 of the second period, but the Stars wouldn't score again.

The Stars were expected to be Stanley Cup contenders this season, but they've been among the Western Conference bottom feeders all season.

Allowing goals in the final minute of all three periods made for another long night for the Stars.

"Those are back-breakers, and those are the times we kind of take pride in," Modano said. "That's a a byproduct of what's been happening this season."


  • The Stars have lost six of their last eight.
  • RW Jere Lehtinen, Dallas' best defensive forward, was scratched and will be out a week and a half with what the club termed an "upper-body" injury. Lehtinen missed the first 14 games because of a groin injury, played in three games, and then sustained a different injury.
  • D Darryl Sydor played his first game with the Stars this season after being acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh on Sunday. It is Sydor's third stint with the Stars.
  • Chicago had lost 10 of its previous 11 road games against Dallas.
  • The Stars have allowed five or more goals a league-high eight times.
  • Morrow sustained an undisclosed injury late in the third period and did not return.
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Patrick Kane misses a good opportunity to score, but makes up for it with two other goals. (AP)
Patrick Kane misses a good opportunity to score, but makes up for it with two other goals. (AP)
Chicago  (9-4-5) «1326
Dallas (6-9-3)1203
Three Stars
N. Khabibulin

Saves: 31
Save Pct.: .912
M. Modano

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
K. Versteeg

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
07:37Brenden Morrow (5), Tip-In. Assist: Parrish, Modano
19:23Patrick Kane (9), Slap Shot. Assist: Eager, Walker
06:44Ben Eager (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Bolland
07:50Power Play - Mike Modano (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Richards, Zubov
09:08Power Play - Brian Campbell (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Versteeg, Brouwer
16:06James Neal (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Avery, Richards
19:30Power Play - Kris Versteeg (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Campbell, Khabibulin
06:40Martin Havlat (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Brouwer, Sharp
19:44Patrick Kane (10), Empty Net. Assist: Toews, Versteeg
Penalty Summary
14:43Robidas, 2 min, Hooking
04:11Daley, 2 min, Holding
07:33Toews, 2 min, Holding
08:14Daley, 2 min, Holding
14:05Keith, 2 min, Slashing
15:31Khabibulin, 2 min, Roughing
15:31Morrow, 2 min, Slashing
17:36Ribeiro, 2 min, Interference
Shots On Goal
Nikolai Khabibulin59:59313
Marty Turco58:56245
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Game Information
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Referees - Gord Dwyer, Dan O'Halloran
Linesmen - Michel Cormier, Brad Kovachik
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