RAPID REACTION: The Blackhawks closed out the 2018-19 season at the United Center in style on Friday night, defeating the Stars 6-1 in the home finale.
Patrick Kane opened the scoring at the end of the first period, with his 43rd goal of the season and 108th point of a career-best campaign.
After scoring two goals in the final minute of play to force overtime in the home opener against Toronto, Kane brought a close to the 2018-19 home slate as only he could. Taking a feed from Drake Caggiula on the break, #88 shot through a screen and beat Anton Khudobin to give Chicago a 1-0 lead at the first intermission.
Back on the ice for the second period, a handful of first-year Blackhawks broke the game wide open.
Dominik Kahun kicked things off midway through the second period, collecting a Brandon Saad rebound and doubling the Blackhawks lead with his 13th goal of the season. Minutes later, another second effort play from Chris Kunitz would go to review, as the veteran chipped his own rebound past Khudobin. The puck bounced around the goal mouth but was determined to just have snuck past the line for a 3-0 Chicago lead.
Dylan Strome would get in on the act next, collecting the puck in front of goal on the forecheck, drawing out Khudobin and firing the Blackhawks to a 4-0 lead. The goal also gives the former 3rd overall pick the first 20-goal season of his career. Next up? Slater Koekkoek, as the defenseman snuck behind the Stars defense and scored his first goal as a Blackhawk to make it 5-0 in the third period.
Video: DAL@CHI: Koekkoek puts home Seabrook's backdoor pass
By the time Joel L'Esperance pulled one back for the Stars, the Blackhawks had the game well in hand. And just to be safe, Patrick Kane hopped on the breakaway in the game's closing minutes and beat Khudobin five-hole to make it 6-1 and secure a huge Blackhawks win.
Video: DAL@CHI: Kane stakes Blackhawks to lead on rush
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Patrick Kane added points #108 and #109 on the season to give the Blackhawks the win in their home finale.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: Cam Ward skated in the 700th game of his NHL career on Friday night, coming on in relief of Corey Crawford.
"They took a lot away from me throughout my career, it would be nice to get one more. I kicked a lot in or had a lot called back, but it was obviously a special night to get one." - Chris Kunitz on scoring after video review against the Stars
"It would have been nice to have these games early on, but nothing we can do about it now and we're in this situation. So, come out and give it the best we can especially in front of our home fans. I thought we did a great job the last couple games and hopefully gave them something to think about and be proud of heading into the summer." - Patrick Kane on winning the home finale over Dallas
WHAT'S NEXT: The Blackhawks head to Nashville to close out the 2018-19 season against the Predators on Saturday night. The game can be seen on NBCSCH or heard on WGN-720 or streamed via NHL.TV or via the NBCSCH MyTeamsApp.