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Blackhawks 8, Stars 1

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DALLAS---The Chicago Blackhawks scored early and often, blitzing the Dallas Stars 8-1 before a sellout crowd of 18,584 at American Airlines center.

Five Blackhawks had three-point games, a group headlined by Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.

Toews gave Chicago the lead at 9:05 of the opening period when he deflected a Nick Leddy shot from the left faceoff circle in for his 12th of the season. After Leddy received a pass from Brandon Saad, the Blackhawks defenseman saw his shot redirected by Toews, who was inside the Dallas crease to give the visitors the lead.

But Toews wasn't done. Just 1:35 later, he scored in similar fashion, this time knocking in a deflection off Saad at 10:40 to make it 2-0. After Toews had won a draw with Dallas' Antoine Roussel in the right circle, Marian Hossa slipped the puck to Duncan Keith, who quickly passed it across the ice to Duncan Keith. His shot deflected off Saad before landing near the far post, where Toews pounced for an easy tap-in.

Leddy then knocked in a rebound with 2:06 left before the first intermission to make it 3-0. Viktor Stalberg tried to beat Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen after skating in from the left side but Lehtonen made a pad save. However, Lehtonen didn't cover the rebound and Leddy skated in for his third goal of the season.

After one period, Chicago had an 11-3 edge in shots on goal.

Chicago wasted little time in the second period adding to their advantage, when Johnny Oduya knocked a 60-foot slapper past Lehtonen at 8:01 to make it 4-0. Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan pulled Lehtonen in favor of backup Richard Bachman after Oduya's tally. Lehtonen left having stopped 13 of the 17 shots he faced and as he headed to the locker room, the Stars netminder threw his stick in disgust.

Hossa netted the next two for the Blackhawks, scoring first at 12:18 and again at 19:09 to give the visitors a 6-0 edge after 40 minutes of play.

Keith then added his name to the list of Chicago goal scorers, making it 7-0 just 2:06 into the final period. However, Dallas finally broke through at 6:30 when Trevor Daley netted his second of the year. However, Kane saved his best effort for last, spinning around Dallas defenseman Trevor Dillon in the right faceoff circle and flipping a backhand into the right side of the Dallas net with 10:01 remaining to punctuate the evening's scoring at 8-1.

Chicago continues its road trip on Monday night at Colorado while Dallas will close out a four-game homestand on the same night against Calgary.

NOTES: Chicago defenseman Michael Rozsival returned to the ice for the first time since March 8. Rozsival, who was paired with Leddy, had been a healthy scratch for the last three games. ... Stars center Jamie Benn, a 2012 All-Star, returned to the Stars lineup after missing the last two games with a groin injury. ... With two goals in a span of 1:35 in the first period, Toews had his second two-goal game of the season, both of which have come on the road. Toews also lit the lamp twice on Feb. 28 at St. Louis in a 5-2 win. ... Leddy had a goal and an assist for his first two-point game of the season and sixth of his career.
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