The Dallas Stars saw their winless streak hit four games (0-3-1) with an 8-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night at American Airlines Center. The loss dropped the Stars to 12-12-3 on the season. Trevor Daley scored the lone goal for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen started the game and stopped 13 of 17 shots. He was replaced by Richard Bachman in the second period and Bachman stopped 13 of 17 shots. Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa scored two goals each for the Blackhawks, who improved to 23-2-3 on the season.
Stars winless on homestand
The Stars fell to 0-2-1 on their current homestand and have been outscored 14-2 in the process. For the season, the Stars are now 5-6-2 at American Airlines Center.
Chicago lights the lamp for eight
The Blackhawks scored eight times against the Stars Saturday night, but it was not a franchise worst in the goals against category for the Stars. Edmonton scored 12 goals against the Minnesota North Stars in 1984. As far as the Dallas era, the Red Wings scored 10 against Dallas in Detroit in 1993.
Goal scoring woes continue
The Stars continue to struggle to score goals. They have scored just three goals over the last four games and have not scored more than one goal in any of the games.
The Blackhawks didn’t register their first shot on goal until 6:22 into the game and then they scored on their second one to take a 1-0 lead 9:05 into the game.
Chicago defenseman Nick Leddy put a shot on goal from the left circle and Jonathan Toews redirected it into the net.
Just 1:35 later Toews struck again, scoring off a rebound to give Chicago a 2-0 lead at the 10:40 mark of the first period.
Chicago made it a 3-0 game with 2:06 left in the first. Viktor Stalberg drove the net off the rush, and Leddy pinched in and pushed the rebound past Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen.
The Stars were outshot 11-3 in the period and did not register a shot over the final 12:13 of the period.
The Blackhawks extended their lead to 4-0 at 8:01 mark of the second. Stalberg won a puck battle behind the net and set up defenseman Johnny Oduya, who scored off a blast from the point. That ended the night for Lehtonen, who allowed four goals on 17 shots. Richard Bachman took over in net for the Stars.
With the two teams playing four-on-four, Patrick Kane set up Marian Hossa, who scored from close range to make it a 5-0 game at 12:18 of the second period.
With Erik Cole already in the box for interference, Antoine Roussel picked up an extra minor when he dropped the gloves with Brent Seabrook, giving the Blackhawks a five-on-three power play for 1:37 and they cashed in when Hossa scored from the right circle to make it a 6-0 game.
The Blackhawks scored 2:06 into the third when a Duncan Keith shot off a rebound deflected off Jamie Benn and into the net.
The Stars got on the board with 13:30 remaining when Trevor Daley scored off a blast from the top of the right faceoff circle with the Stars on the power play.
The Stars appeared to score again with 11:21 remaining on an Eric Nystrom shot from the point, but the goal was waved off and Vernon Fiddler was sent to the penalty box for goaltender interference.
Chicago cashed in on the power play when Kane scored from the bottom of the left faceoff circle to make it an 8-1 Chicago lead.
Injured: Garbutt (hand), Rome (foot)
Scratched: Larsen, Vincour