Friday, October 3, 2008

Stars Fall Short To Blackhawks in Penalty Filled Game in Dallas

(Photo: By Glenn James, Dallas Stars)

As the preseason winds to a close for he Stars there is still a minor issue to be addressed with winning games. On Thursday night the Stars dropped a 4-3 Shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, keeping the Stars with only one win so far this preseason.

While some losses are due to personnel not playing, Thursday night just boiled down to not being able to win every game.

The Blackhawks jumped out to a one goal lead off a power play goal from Aaron Johnson, which would be the only goal for the first period. There wasn’t much time for scoring as both teams felt the need to let their fists do the talking.

A total of 141 penalty minutes were assessed in the game, including five fights, three misconducts and a match penalty.

The Stars Brad Richards would score on a wrist shot to tie the game 45 seconds into the second period. The Stars would answer twice more with goals from rookies Fabian Brunnstrom at 8:04 and James Neal at 14:57. At 12:10 of the second Kris Versteeg scored a shorthanded goal to tie the game at two.

The third period would see just as much penalty action, but only one goal coming for Chicago on a tip-in at 18:24 on Marty Turco scored by Kevyn Adams.

The only action to note for the overtime is a hooking penalty at 4:29 called on Mark Fistric.

Dallas outshot Chicago all three periods including the overtime, with a final shots-on-goal count of 38-22.

In the shootout Andrew Ladd would score on the first Chicago shot. Chris Conner shot for the Stars first with Antti Niemi making the save for the Hawks. Dave Bolland would shoot next for the Hawks and miss, with James Neal of the Stars missing the net as well. Niemi would also save on Sean Avery’s opportunity in the shootout, giving the Hawks the victory.

Up next for the Stars are more cuts and a home game on Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers. The game in Dallas against the Oilers will be the Stars final preseason match-up and will likely feature the team taking the ice on Oct. 10 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Original Source and Image: Courtesy of the Dallas Stars website.

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