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THREE THINGS: Standing Tall, Power Aid and Puck Luck

Three takeaways from Chicago's 3-0 win over Dallas on Tuesday night

by Chris Kuc @ChrisKuc /

The Blackhawks halted a couple of streaks Tuesday night at the United Center.

With their 3-0 victory over the Stars, the Blackhawks ended a three-game losing skid while snapping Dallas' seven-game winning streak.

Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 32 saves to record his first shutout of the season and got offensive support from goals by Brandon Saad, Patrick Kane and Connor Murphy.

With the dust settled after two consecutive games with the Stars, the Blackhawks earned three out of four points from their Central Division rivals.

"They're a good team - I think it's a good test for us," said Saad, who opened the scoring with his seventh goal of the season to stake the Blackhawks to a lead they never relinquished. "It's something where they went on a long streak there, too, so they have a lot of depth and a really good team. So for us to be able to play the way we did, that's got to give our group confidence going forward."

Blackhawks center Dylan Strome was a late scratch after entering concussion protocol.

"I didn't find out until later morning or early afternoon … that he wasn't feeling great," Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said. "So obviously that's a serious thing (and) we want to be careful. He got evaluated by the doctors and we pulled him out."

Colliton said "it will be a waiting game" to determine when Strome can re-join the lineup.

With the win, the Blackhawks improved to 10-9-5 while the Stars dropped to 15-9-2.

Video: Crawford, Blackhawks blank Stars, 3-0

Here are three takeways from the Blackhawks' victory:


Crawford was sensational in dousing down the red-hot Stars. The veteran netminder earned his 26th career shutout with several highlight-reel stops, none bigger than when he made a brilliant kick save of a Tyler Seguin shot with the Stars on a second-period power play.

"We played really good defensively," Crawford said. "(There) were a few times where we got stuck in our zone and … we didn't panic. Just kept them to the outside. Some big blocked saves by (Brent Seabrook) there - a couple kick saves. It was a good win against a really good team. So we've just got to build off that."

The Crawford-Robin Lehner pairing in goal continues to be the Blackhawks' biggest success story this season and Colliton said their play has enabled the team to play free and easy.

"Certainly, it gives us the confidence that we know they're going to make the save for us if we need one," Colliton said. "That's important - I think it helps you to play better defensively, actually, just knowing that if you make a mistake, it's not necessarily going to go in. It's definitely a comfort factor for us."

Video: Crawford on Kane, beating DAL


The Blackhawks spent a good portion of Monday's practice working on the power play and that paid off on Kane's second-period goal.

Alex DeBrincat, who hasn't found the back of the net in nine games, made an unselfish pass to Kane in the right circle and the winger fired it into the goal to extend his points streak to 13 games (9G, 13A).

It was the only Blackhawks power play of the game and they made it count.

"We're going to keep working at it," Colliton said. "Teams are going to adjust to us and we're going to adjust again but I think that unit since we put (Jonathan Toews and Erik Gustafsson) back on that group - it's been three games now - they've been pretty good. We've generated a lot. We haven't had many power plays but we've had a bit more of a shooter's mentality and the puck recovery to me, that's the biggest thing on the power play. If you recover pucks and extend your zone time you're going to wear the killers down and that's what we did."

Video: Colliton on big win over DAL


Murphy had a strong game in all facets, including capping off the win with a 180-foot empty-net goal.

"I have to tip the rink guys for funneling the ice," Murphy said with a grin. "I think they've been digging out a trench for that one. That's definitely a lucky one."

More important, Murphy paired with fellow veteran Olli Maatta to help stymie the Stars. The duo combined to block four shots and record three takeaways.

"I think we were making good plays," Murphy said. "We were making more confident plays I think with the puck. When you skate and talk and use outlets, I think it makes your life a lot easier."

Colliton was also impressed with the pairing of Murphy and Maatta.

"I thought they were really good," Colliton said. "They took the matchup for the most part and they were good. They were clean with the puck when they needed to be. They're two big bodies and they're playing against big bodies and they did a really good job."

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