The Dallas Stars saw their five-game winning streak come to an end with a 5-2 loss at Chicago Monday night. The Stars, who fell behind 2-0 in the game, rallied to tie but the Blackhawks scored two goals in a 3:15 of the third period to take control of the game. Jamie Benn scored both goals for Dallas. Richard Bachman stopped 23 of 27 shots. The Stars (21-18-3) remain two points out of eighth place in the Western Conference and have six games remaining.
Stars lose Alex Chiasson to upper body injury
The Stars lost forward Alex Chiasson in the first minute of the second period when he was hit hard behind the Chicago net by Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson. Chiasson immediately skated off the ice and headed to the Dallas locker room. He did not return. The Stars said Chiasson had an upper body injury, but there were no other details on his status.
Jamie Benn ends goal-scoring drought
Stars forward Jamie Benn snapped a seven game goal-scoring drought with his two goals in Monday’s game. Benn hadn’t scored since the March 31 game against Los Angeles. The two goals gave him 10 on the season, tying him for the team lead with Loui Eriksson and Ray Whitney.
After a fast paced start to the game, the Blackhawks went on the game’s first power play at the 7:56 mark, but the Stars were able to kill it off.
The Blackhawks stepped up the pressure and took the lead at the 12:54 mark of the first. Brandon Saad sent a pass from the left side to Marian Hossa, whose centering pass from the right circle was deflected into the net by Jonathan Toews.
A couple minutes later Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg broke in on net, but Aaron Rome got back to deny Stalberg a quality shot on Stars goaltender Richard Bachman.
The Stars had a good chance with just under two minutes left, but Brian Bickell blocked Loui Eriksson’s attempt to put in a rebound into an open side of the net.
Chicago went on power play with 1:35 remaining in the period and the remaining 25 seconds carried over to the start of the second.
The Blackhawks ended up with a 13-4 advantage through the first 20 minutes.
The Stars killed off the last 25 seconds of the Chicago power play to start the second period.
A short time later Stars forward Alex Chiasson headed to the locker room after a hard hit from a hard hit from Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson behind the Chicago net. The Stars said Chiasson, who would not return to the game, had an upper body injury.
Chicago went on another power play at the 4:05 mark of the second, but they weren’t able to cash in and it stayed a 1-0 game.
The Stars went on their first power play just after the Chicago chance expired. They had a couple of good chances, but couldn’t get the puck past Chicago goaltender Ray Emery.
Chicago made it a 2-0 game with a goal off the rush with 7:46 left in the second. Michal Handzus set up Stalberg, who split Aaron Rome and Philip Larsen and then roofed a shot over Bachman.
The Stars cut the lead to 2-1 with 5:48 left in the period. Jamie Benn stole the puck in the Dallas zone to start a three-on-one rush and then finished it off by beating Emery with a shot from the right circle.
Chicago outshot the Stars 9-7 in the second and had a 22-1 advantage through the first 40 minutes.
The Stars tied the game at the 3:07 mark of the third. After a Chicago turnover in the neutral zone, Alex Goligoski got the puck to Ray Whitney, who dropped it off to Benn and Benn scored off a snap shot from the top of the right circle for his second goal of the night.
The Blackhawks took the lead back 1:24 later when Patrick Kane set up Andrew Shaw, who scored from the right circle off the rush at 4:31 of the period.
Chicago extended its lead to 4-2 at the 7:46 mark of the third. Toews sprung Hossa on the rush with a long pass and after losing the puck, Hossa got it back and set up Hjalmarsson, who scored off a blast from the slot.
The Stars pulled Bachman with a little more than two-and-a-half minutes remaining for an extra attacker. Benn had a good a good chance from the right circle with just under two minutes left, but fired just wide.
Hossa rounded out the scoring on the night, scoring into an empty net with 26.9 seconds left.