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Stars give Hitchcock 800th win with shutout against Blackhawks

Becomes third NHL coach to reach milestone; Bishop makes 24 saves

by Sean Shapiro / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Dallas Stars coach Ken Hitchcock won his 800th NHL game with a 4-0 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at American Airlines Center on Thursday.

Hitchcock is the third coach in NHL history with 800 wins, joining Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville (868) and Scotty Bowman (1,244).

 

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Quenneville took a minute to congratulate Hitchcock after the game.

"Congratulations from Joel means more than anything because we came together and we've had so much mutual respect for each other and helped each other along the way when we were both kind of in the down and outs," Hitchcock said. "I think coming from him it means more than the number, so it's pretty special."

Hitchcock, who turned 66 on Sunday, has an NHL record of 800-488-114 with 88 ties with the Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues. He has 296 victories in two stints with Dallas.

"It's great he's coached so many games," Stars forward Antoine Roussel said. "You want to do good for him and you want to pick up as many things as you can from him, and the details and the preparation from the game make us better. Sometimes [it's] hard, and at the end of day it's real good for us."

Ben Bishop made 24 saves, and Tyler Seguin scored twice for Dallas (19-14-3), which ended a three-game losing streak.

Video: CHI@DAL: Seguin slams home rebound for second goal

"We just had a couple frustrating losses in overtime the last few games, so it's nice to keep pushing there and finally break through and get the win in regulation," Bishop said. "We had some guys step up, and it's always fun to win at home when there are so many other fans in the stands."

Corey Crawford made 18 saves for Chicago (17-12-5), which had a season-long five-game winning streak end.

"Being off a couple days, it looked like we were a little bit out of sorts as the game went on," Quenneville said. "Playing two of the most complete games back to back all year, tonight there wasn't trending in the right direction."

Jamie Benn gave Dallas a 1-0 lead at 17:11 of the first period three seconds after a power-play expired. Remi Elie passed across the crease to Benn, who easily scored his 15th goal of the season.

Video: CHI@DAL: Bishop makes a juggling save on Murphy, Kane

Roussel gave Dallas a 2-0 lead 1:07 into the second period on a deflection after a point shot by Dan Hamhuis.

Roussel welcomed his second child, a daughter named Raphaelle, on Wednesday. He was wearing the hospital bracelet after the game.

"It's a fun week. That's awesome to put it in and have a good feeling and have the good luck, and all the guys have been so great to me, so it's a good feeling," Roussel said.

Video: CHI@DAL: Roussel deflects Hamhuis' shot past Crawford

Seguin scored for the first time in eight games and gave Dallas a 3-0 lead on the power play at 5:55. He controlled a rebound after a shot by Jason Spezza and beat Crawford with a backhand for his 15th.

Seguin made it 4-0 at 16:14, finishing a drive to the net by Devin Shore.

 

Goal of the game

Benn's goal at 17:11 of the first period.

Video: CHI@DAL: Benn nets Elie's slick feed to open scoring

 

Save of the game

Bishop's save on Nick Schmaltz with 13:16 remaining in the third period.

Video: CHI@DAL: Bishop shuts down Schmaltz's quick rush

 

Highlight of the game

Seguin's goal at 5:55 of the second period.

Video: CHI@DAL: Seguin backhands home loose puck for PPG

 

They said it

"Even though it's still midseason, they matter at the end of the year. These divisional games are huge. The other two were closer. It's tough to lose in overtime or shootout, but tonight we just got embarrassed." -- Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad

 

"It feels good, especially when you're in a bit of a slump, get your weight off your shoulders a bit. Felt like I was doing a lot of good things, some with bad puck luck, and then some stuff was catching up to me and I started cheating a bit, definitely. Kept thinking about getting back to the basics, trying to be greasy, and happy with tonight's result." -- Stars center Tyler Seguin

 

Need to know

Dallas is 3-0-0 against Chicago (0-1-2) this season. ... Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp was a healthy scratch for the first time since the 2005-06 season. ... Chicago hit the post four times.

 

What's next

Blackhawks: At the New Jersey Devils on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, WGN, NHL.TV)

Stars: Host the Nashville Predators on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-SW+, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Hitchcock earns 800th win as Stars top Hawks, 4-0

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