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Blackhawks rally to beat Stars 3-2 in OT

by Steve Hunt

DALLAS -- The Chicago Blackhawks didn't let an early two-goal deficit keep them from their best start in 40 years.

Marian Hossa scored his fifth goal of the season 1:41 into overtime as the Blackhawks rallied to beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Thursday night. Hossa finished off a pass from Patrick Kane for a power-play goal that gave Chicago a 4-0-0 record -- the franchise's best start since the 1972-73 team also began with four straight wins.

"We'll talk about that one for a long time, like he [Kane] had eyes in the back of his head," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said of Hossa's game-winner. "It was a special ending."

Chicago finished the night 3 for 7 on the power play. Patrick Sharp had a goal and two assists for the Hawks while Kane chipped in with a pair of assists.

"It was a big win for us," Quenneville said. "We didn't change too much, didn't get away from our game, just tried to get on the offensive side of things, drew some penalties and the power play cashed in."

The Stars began overtime with 42 seconds of power-play time carried over from Niclas Hjalmarsson's penalty at 18:42 of the third period. But Brenden Morrow was called for interference 22 seconds into OT, and after 20 seconds of 3-on-3 play, the Blackhawks went on their seventh power play and got the winner when Hossa beat Kari Lehtonen.

Lehtonen kept the Stars in the game with 38 saves. Chicago's Corey Crawford stopped 21 shots.

"The only reason we got a point was because of him," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said of Lehtonen. "Got outplayed all night but our goalie was real good."

Loui Eriksson gave the Stars the lead by scoring a shorthanded goal just 1.4 seconds before the first intermission. After getting the puck from Derek Roy near the Dallas blue line, Eriksson deked Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook, dashed up the ice and beat Crawford through the five-hole to make it 1-0. Crawford appeared to have stopped the puck, but it slid through his legs and over the goal line.

Dallas had a great chance to double its lead 3:33 into the second period when Ryan Garbutt was awarded a penalty shot after being taken down near the net by Seabrook. However, Garbutt's backhanded attempt on his first career penalty shot was denied by Crawford's pad.

Dallas did make it 2-0 at 10:41 of the second when Ray Whitney lifted a short backhander over Crawford's left shoulder following a Chicago turnover. Michal Rozsival lost possession of the puck near the Hawks' blue line and Cody Eakin flipped the puck to Whitney, who beat Crawford for his second goal of the season.

The Hawks made it 2-1 at 15:57 of the second when Sharp took a pass from Kane and fired a shot that deflected off the stick of Stars' defenseman Trevor Daley before landing in the back of the net for a power-play goal.

Dallas almost took a 3-1 lead to the second break when a long slapper by Alex Goligoski looked as if it were headed into the back of the net. However, Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith swooped in to clear the puck just before the horn sounded to end the period.

Chicago's power play converted yet again at 14:07 of the third when Jonathan Toews blasted a 30-foot wrister past Lehtonen to make it 2-2. Sharp and Keith picked up the assists on the equalizer.

Stars forward Jaromir Jagr left the ice late in the third period with an undisclosed injury.

"I don't think it's anything big but I haven't spoken to our training staff," Gulutzan said.

The Blackhawks return home to host Detroit on Friday night. The Stars host St. Louis on Saturday.

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