The Blackhawks rallied from a 3-0 deficit but could not capitalize on some late game opportunities and fell to Dallas 4-3 tonight.
The Stars jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the second period and appeared to be on their way to an easy win before the Hawks battled their way back.
Patrick Sharp scored at 9:39 left in second, and Nick Leddy and Johnny Oduya added to the tally shortly after.
The Hawks out shot the Stars 50-18 but aside from the three goals, Kari Lehtonen was there to shut the door. Lehtonen had a season high 47 saves in the victory.
The stars had dropped 4 of their last 5 including 2 straight losses at home, but took their 7th win in their last 8 road games tonight.
Antoine Roussel beat Corey Crawford with a backhander into the corner on a penalty shot at 3:01 in the third to break the tie and stifle the comeback.
The Hawks looked sluggish throughout the game, especially in the third period. but continued to battle. Both play-by-play and post game analysts from Comcast said they thought the Hawks looked slow on their line changes and passes. Several pucks that could have generated scoring opportunities bounced right by Hawks players.
Cleaning up the mistakes could have made the difference for the Hawks, and they generated good opportunities late in the third, but it was too little too late. Crawford was pulled with about 2 minutes left in the game but the extra attacker did not help.
However, the hangover was to be expected after the Hawks 6-1-0 road trip.