The Stars were outshot 16-5 by Chicago in the middle period of Thursday's game at the United Center, and only the heroics of rookie goaltender Richard Bachman kept the Hawks' lead at 1-0 through 40 minutes.
"We didn't have many shots going into the third, but we knew we were still in the game," said Ryder, whose deflection of Mike Ribeiro's shot went past Corey Crawford with 5:02 left in regulation to break a 1-1 tie. "We just had to make sure we got more pucks to the net, and stepped our game up. We knew we had to play a hard 20, and we did that. We want to get on a little run and a little roll."
The Stars swept their two-game trip to Montreal and Chicago and head home for Friday's game against Minnesota in eighth place with 66 points -- they have the tiebreaker lead on Calgary and Los Angeles for the final playoff berth in the West.
"We're all looking for that run at this time of the year, but the reality is it's pretty tough," said coach Glen Gulutzan, whose team is 0-8-2 in the second half of back-to-backs. "But picking up two points, especially in a building like this, is good. Now we have to win at home."
Bachman gave the Stars a chance for the third-period comeback.
"It was nice to get back into a game and see a little bit of action," he said. "Being on the road and getting two big wins in exciting arenas to play in, going home with those definitely gives you momentum."
Though the Blackhawks played without injured captain Jonathan Toews for the second straight game, they looked to be in complete control after two periods. Marian Hossa opened the scoring at 9:32 of the second period, and the Hawks kept firing away. But Bachman, making his first start since Feb. 2 in San Jose, kept the Stars in it so they could win for just the third time this year when trailing after 40 minutes. The Blackhawks lost for the first time in regulation this season when leading after two periods (23-1-2).
"We were lucky to get out of the second," Gulutzan said. "Our leadership group took a stand in between the second and third, and we got going. I didn't do anything between periods. Our leadership group pushed forward and got the job done."
Ott tied it on a deflection of Trevor Daley's point shot midway through the third period. Eriksson added an insurance goal 1:14 after Ryder's go-ahead tally; he batted Ryder's shot out of the air and into the net after it deflected off Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook's 's skate.
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville wasn't thrilled to see his team give up a third-period lead. Chicago remained sixth in the West with 73 points, two ahead of Phoenix.
"It was there," Quenneville said. "It was right in our hands, and we let it get away. Everything was going in a real good way, and then we had a third period that you wonder where that came from."
Toews also was involved in an automobile accident on the way to the United Center on Thursday morning. According to Chicago police, the Blackhawks center struck the support pillar of an elevated rapid transit rail line as he made a turn in his Mercedes. The police report said Toews was not injured in the accident and no citations were issued. The team called the accident a "minor one" and also said Toews was not injured in it.
Material from team media was used in this report
|Marian Hossa (24) ASST: Jamal Mayers (8), Michael Frolik (9)|
1 - 0 CHI
|Steve Ott (10) ASST: Trevor Daley (15)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Michael Ryder (24) ASST: Loui Eriksson (33), Mike Ribeiro (30)|
2 - 1 DAL
|Loui Eriksson (19) ASST: Michael Ryder (20), Mike Ribeiro (31)|
3 - 1 DAL
|Power Play %||19.0%||17.6%|
|% on Road||23.3%||19.5%|
|% at Home||15.5%||15.8%|
|Michael Ryder Tripping against Patrick Sharp|