Stars 4, Blackhawks 3

Jerry Bonkowski, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


CHICAGO -- Left winger Antoine Roussel's penalty-shot goal at 3:01 of the third period ended a spirited Chicago Blackhawks comeback while providing the winning tally in the Dallas Stars' 4-3 win Tuesday at the United Center.
Roussel's fifth goal of the season broke a 3-3 tie and the Stars (13-9-4) hung on for only their second win in the last six games, despite Chicago (20-5-4) outshooting Dallas by a whopping 50-18 margin.
Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen was outstanding in the net, knocking aside an onslaught of Blackhawks scoring attempts, as Dallas earned its seventh win in its last eight road games.
Chicago goalie Corey Crawford came into the game as the winningest goalie in the NHL thus far this season.
The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for Chicago, which returned home after a seven-game road trip that saw it go 6-1-0. In addition, it was only the fourth loss for the Blackhawks in their last 18 games.
Dallas appeared to come into the game with revenge on its mind, having lost in a 2-1 shootout Saturday at home to the visiting Blackhawks. Chicago also won the first meeting of the season between the two clubs earlier in November, as well.
Dallas managed just five shots on goal in the first period but made the most of their limited efforts, scoring twice, while Chicago was held scoreless despite 16 of its own shots on Lehtonen.
Dallas scored first when right winger Valeri Nichushkin beat Crawford at 13:47. It was Nichushkin's third goal of the season.
Stars right winger Alex Chiasson scored his eighth goal of the season at 18:50 on the power play.
Dallas increased its lead to 3-0 at 3:07 of the second period on left winger Erik Cole's wrist shot.
After outshooting the Stars 24-9 through nearly the entire first half of the game, the Blackhawks finally scored on right winger Patrick Sharp's power-play goal (11th of season) at 9:39. It was Sharp's 50th career power-play tally and his 200th as a Blackhawk.
But Chicago was far from done, adding two more goals in the middle period.
Rookie defenseman Nick Leddy, who is quickly becoming a star in Chicago, nailed his third goal of the season at 16:09 to draw the Blackhawks to within one goal, 3-2.
The Blackhawks tied it up just over a minute later on defenseman Johnny Oduya's third goal of the season, a wicked wrist shot from just inside the blue line at 17:14.
Dallas would score the deciding goal on Roussel's penalty shot.
Chicago had a great opportunity to tie the game near the midpoint of the final period with a 5-on-3 advantage, but Lehtonen and the Stars' defense was up to the challenge.
NOTES: Attendance was 21,411. ... Chicago RW Patrick Kane extended his current streak to 20 points in the last 15 games, while D Duncan Keith extended his own streak of at least one assist in the last eight games. ... After going 8-2-3 in October, the Blackhawks were 12-2-1 in November. The Stars were 5-6-1 in October and 7-3-2 in November. ... The Blackhawks came into the game with a dominating 126-95-31-3 all-time record over the Stars (including their prior stint as the Minnesota North Stars). ... Even though he was recalled from Texas of the AHL on Monday, forward Travis Morin was a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game for Dallas. ... Although there had been pre-game speculation that he might play, Dallas C Tyler Seguin remained out with concussion-like symptoms. ... Tuesday began a streak where the Blackhawks play nine of their next 14 games at home. Dallas began a brief two-game road trip Tuesday, but also began a streak that will see them away from the Lone Star State for seven of their next 11 games. ... Tuesday marked Chicago D Michal Rozsival's 800th career NHL game.