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RECAP: Blackhawks Drop 2-1 Game to Stars

Kubalik nets 26th of the season, one off team lead, in loss to Dallas

by Carter Baum /

Dominik Kubalik scored his 26th goal of the year but the Blackhawks dropped the opening game of their four-game swing on Sunday afternoon, 2-1, to the Dallas Stars. 

Corey Crawford made 31 saves on 33 shots, including a penalty shot stop in the loss. 

STAT OF THE AFTERNOON: With an assist in his third straight game, Duncan Keith is one off his season-best with a three-game point streak (4A). 

UP NEXT: The Blackhawks head to St. Louis, where they will face the Blues on Tuesday evening. 


The Stars took a first-period lead late in the opening frame. A shot from the point was blocked in front by Keith, but fell right to Joe Pavelski who shoveled home the loose puck in the slot with a backhander at 15:20 for a 1-0 advantage.

After a flurry action that saw a Kubalik goal called back for a Jonathan Toews interference infraction, an Esa Lindell shot that rang off the crossbar and post without crossing the goal line and with the Blackhawks on a 4-on-3 power play, Kubalik buried a one-timer feed from Patrick Kane to deadlock the game a 1-1 for real at 6:06 of the second period. 

Video: CHI@DAL: Kubalik buries one-timer for PPG

Tyler Seguin re-claimed the one-goal lead at 16:29 of the second period, putting a bouncing puck in the slot past Crawford for a 2-1 lead. Jamie Benn brought the puck into the zone and had it poke checked away, but Corey Perry batted it out of mid-air and found Seguin on the doorstep for the quick shot and score. 

Late in the middle frame, Mattias Janmark was awarded a penalty shot after Keith got a stick in his midsection during a breakaway. During his solo chance, Crawford denied a wrister with the blocker to keep it a one-goal game. 

Video: CHI@DAL: Crawford denies Janmark on penalty shot

The Stars were able to shut Chicago's offense down in the third period to close out the 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks. 

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