The Blackhawks put on a show in front of their fans on Sunday night at the United Center with a 4-2 win over the Dallas Stars.
MacKenzie Entwistle netted his first NHL goal, Brandon Hagel added his ninth and Alex DeBrincat scored a pair in the victory. Kevin Lankinan made 37 saves in his 17th win of the season.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: Chicago's lineup on the night featured 10 rookie skaters, a single-game high on the season for the youthful Blackhawks. The only other time in franchise history double-digit rookies dressed in a game was during the 1926-27 season, when it happened 19 times with future Hall of Famers Dick Irvin, George Hay, Mickey McKay and Hugh Lehman, among others.
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CHI: 1, DAL: 0
1st - 6:23 - MacKenzie Entwistle (Mike Hardman, Patrick Kane)
The Blackhawks got on the board early from one of the season-high 10 rookies in action on the night as Mike Hardman repaid MacKenzie Entwistle for the setup on his first NHL goal last week by teeing up the rookie for his own NHL first on Sunday. Patrick Kane sent a pass up the ice to spring the rookie duo on a 2-on-2 in tight, where Hardman found Entwistle perfectly at the back post for the tap-in and a 1-0 lead.
Video: DAL@CHI: Entwistle taps in first NHL goal on a rush
CHI: 1, DAL: 1
1st - 9:40 - Denis Gurianov (Jamie Benn)
The visitors evened things up a few minutes later as Jamie Benn put a pass across the top of the crease off a scramble to Denis Gurianov at the back post for a 1-1 equalizer.
CHI: 2, DAL: 1
1st - 10:31 - Brandon Hagel (Dominik Kubalik, Philipp Kurashev)
Brandon Hagel, who made his NHL debut in the last game the United Center was filled with fans, scored in the first game with fans back this season to make it a 2-1 game just past the midpoint of the first. Domink Kubalik sprung the rookie on a breakaway with a stretch pass, with Hagel's shot going off the glove of Anton Khudobin, off the crossbar and then kicking across the goal line off a bounce in the paint.
Video: DAL@CHI: Hagel utilizes post to score transition goal
CHI: 3, DAL: 1
1st - 18:24 - Alex DeBrincat (Patrick Kane, Brandon Hagel) -- PP
Chicago doubled the lead on the man advantage before the opening 20's end as Patrick Kane fed Alex DeBrincat on the dot for a one-time bid that found twine for DeBrincat's team-leading 30th goal of the season.
Video: DAL@CHI: DeBrincat nets No. 30 on one-timer for PPG
CHI: 3, DAL: 2
3rd - 2:16 - Mark Pysyk (Radek Faksa)
Following a scoreless second period, the Stars pulled within one again as Mark Pysyk netted his third of the season. Radek Faksa put a shot on goal from a low angle on the far side that Pysyk was able to find the rebound of on the near side and beat a scrambling Kevin Lankinen for a 3-2 score.
CHI: 4, DAL: 2
3rd - 16:48 Alex DeBrincat (Pius Suter, Connor Murphy)
Alex DeBrincat put the game away late with his second of the night with 3:12 to play. Pius Suter put a shot on goal from a wide angle off a rush and DeBrincat pounced on the toe-save rebound off of Anton Khudobin for a 4-2 lead and the win on the night.
Video: DAL@CHI: DeBrincat scores in 3rd period