The Chicago Blackhawks welcomed back an old friend on Tuesday night when Max Domi and the Dallas Stars visited United Center for a Central Division clash. The Hawks entered the game on a five-game losing skid, while the Stars looked to rebound from a 3–1 loss Saturday night at home against the Vancouver Canucks in their push to win the Central Division crown. The Hawks started Alex Stalock in net against the Stars’ Jake Oettinger.
— The Stars struck first when they entered the Hawks zone on a 3-on-2 rush. Jani Hakanpaa carried the puck in on the left wing side and fed Tyler Seguin for a one-timer for his 18th of the season to give Dallas a 1–0 lead at 5:45 of the opening frame.
— With Dallas on the power play, Colin Miller made it 2–0 when he snapped a wrist shot from the right circle for his fourth of the season at the 18:59 mark of the first. The Stars took the two-goal lead into the first intermission against a sluggish Hawks team.
— In the second, Dallas extended its lead to 3–0 at 11:24 when Joe Pavelski tipped in a Joel Hanley point shot. For Pavelski, the goal was his 22nd of the season. The Hawks trailed by three at the second intermission.
— With the Blackhawks on a third period power play, the Stars broke out shorthanded and Luke Glendening tapped in a Ty Dellandrea cross-ice feed for the tally. The goal was Glendening’s third of the season at the 7:04 mark to give Dallas a commanding 4–0 lead.
— The Hawks ended Oettinger’s shutout at 10:33 of the third when Tyler Johnson buried his ninth of the season from the doorstep on a feed from Jason Dickinson. The play saw rookie defenseman Wyatt Kaiser pinching in to keep the opportunity alive, and his shot was deflected to Dickinson, which set up the goalmouth feed to Johnson. For Kaiser, the assist on the goal was his first NHL point and the Stars’ lead was cut to 4–1 and it would stay that way when the final horn sounded.
The Blackhawks will return to action on Thursday night when they host the St. Louis Blues. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. CDT.