After a decent initial start by the Blackhawks, who had three shots early in the first period, it was the Stars who scored the game’s first goal. Pius Suter was stripped of the puck just inside the Blackhawks’ blue line. Stars’ forward Roope Hintz got behind the defense and beat Kevin Lankinen on the backhand. Lankinen didn’t have much of a chance on the play.
The Blackhawks would go on to have three power play opportunities in the first period but had nothing to show for it.
The Stars were close to extending their lead early in the second period, but Lankinen was able to keep his team within one. Lankinen would go on to record 34 saves in his fifth win of the season.
The Stars’ potential second goal of the game got called back due to goaltender interference, which proved to come at a crucial juncture. The Blackhawks had only mustered one shot in the first five minutes of the period and were reeling.
Power Play Keeps Humming
But as has become the norm this season, the Blackhawks’ power play came up huge later in the middle frame. Instead of starting the first power play unit, head coach Jeremy Colliton sent out the second unit. It was the right choice.
Philipp Kurashev threaded a pass through the slot to Dominik Kubalik who displayed his playmaking ability by finding Mattias Janmark’s stick in front for a redirect goal. Janmark now has five goals on the season, the second-most on the team behind Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat, who have six apiece.
Each team logged ten shots in the third period but both goalies stood firm. The game went to overtime tied at one, a mirror image of Sunday’s contest.
Cue the young guns.
Halfway through overtime, Brandon Hagel flew down the right side of the ice and slowed up just inside the Stars’ blue line to allow his linemates to catch up. Hagel fed Pius Suter in the high slot who took over from there. Suter walked seven-year NHL veteran John Klingberg before beating Stars’ goaltender Jake Oettinger on his stick side for the game-winner.
The Blackhawks now hold a 6-4-4 record and currently sit in a playoff spot a quarter of the way through the season.
Pius Suter was back on the top line with Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat to start Tuesday’s game. He struggled in the first period as his giveaway in the Blackhawks’ end led to a goal against. But from then on out he was fantastic. He finished the game with four shots and now has five goals this season, which tops all NHL rookies.
Nicolas Beaudin played 15:28 in tonight’s game, the second-most minutes of his six-game career. He looks comfortable with the puck and has started to be much more decisive with his passes. When the Blackhawks found themselves stuck in their own end, Beaudin used his feet to skate the puck out of pressure. He also played over two minutes on the power play as the point-man for the second unit. He wasn’t credited with an assist on Janmark’s power play goal, but it was Beaudin who set up the play from the point.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Blackhawks return to the United Center to play the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday, February 11th at 7:00 PM CT. The Blackhawks won the last meeting between the two teams on the final day of January.