CHICAGO, IL - FEB. 23: Loui Eriksson #21 and Michael Ryder #73 of the Dallas Stars celebrate a third period goal scored against Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on Feb. 23, 2012, in Chicago, Ill. The Stars defeated the Blackhawks 3-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Dallas scored three goals in the third period to win 3-1 against Chicago, putting them back in the playoff picture. The Toews-less Blackhawks' four-game win streak ended with the loss.
The Chicago Blackhawks have been on a tear since being revived from their nine-game losing streak, winning their last game against the Detroit Red Wings without captain Jonathan Toews. Without Toews again, they hosted the Dallas Stars Thursday night and their four-game win streak came to an end by way of a 3-1 to the visitors.
Richard Bachman, in net for Dallas, held the Blackhawks scoreless in the first period, even after a Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp 2-on-1 that drew Chicago's first power play of the game. On the other end, Corey Crawford continued his solid performance, stopping all of the Stars' opportunities.
Things remained scoreless until the second period when the Blackhawks started to dominate the flow and Marian Hossa banked one in after a great hustle behind the net started by Michael Frolik and Jamal Mayers. Chicago almost went up by two with two seconds remaining after Bryan Bickell took a shot on an odd-man rush, but it hit the post.
That extra goal could have helped Chicago, however, as Dallas took the advantage in the third after establishing net presence and made the best of Blackhawk turnovers, the Stars took a 3-1 lead with goals from Steve Ott, Michael Ryder and a league-approved late dagger from Loui Eriksson.
The win for Dallas jumps them over the Los Angeles Kings due to more regulation wins and the Calgary Flames' shootout loss..