Blackhawks score on four of first eight shots, double up Stars

The Chicago Blackhawks jumped out to a four goal lead and held on to defeat the Dallas Stars 4-2.

DALLAS — Carl Soderberg and Alex DeBrincat scored power-play goals in the second period and the Chicago Blackhawks scored on four of their first eight shots in a 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.

Thirty-seven-year-old defenceman Duncan Keith had his first goal in exactly a calendar year, Dominik Kubalik also scored and rookie Kevin Lankinen made 28 saves.

Patrick Kane and Adam Boqvist each had two assists to help the Blackhawks close their four games in Dallas this season at 3-1-0. In the opener of the two-game series Tuesday night, the Stars beat the Blackhawks 6-1.

Roope Hintz and John Klingberg scored for the Stars. They finished a six-game homestand 2-3-1. Anton Khudobin made only four saves, all on penalty kills, before being replaced by rookie Jake Oettinger in the third period.

Kubalik gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead at 5:26 of the first period after gathering a loose puck just outside the blue line and slipping a backhander between Khudobin’s pads. It was Kubalik’s 10th of the season and seventh in his last 12 games.

Soderberg doubled the lead by redirecting a shot by Boqvist from the right point for a power-play goal, his fifth goal of the season, at 2:57 of the second period.

Keith scored on a slap shot from the high slot at 14:37 of the second period for his first score since March 11, 2020.

DeBrincat drew an interference penalty and scored on that power play from the right dot at 16:10 of the second period for his team-high 15th goal.

Dallas closed the gap with Hintz’s seventh goal of the season at 9:43 of the third period followed by Klingberg’s low wrister less than two minutes later, his fifth of the year.


Blackhawks: At Florida on Saturday and Monday.

Stars: At Columbus on Saturday and Sunday.


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