After the pregame excitement surrounding Patrick Kane playing in his 1,000th game, there was little to celebrate for the Blackhawks.
The Stars scored less than two minutes into the game. Malcolm Subban, making his eighth start of the season, didn’t have much of a chance on the play. That goal set the tone for the rest of the opening frame.
The Blackhawks went on to take two penalties, allowed a second goal, and had difficulty generating much of anything offensively in the remainder of the period. They recorded a mere six shots on goal, two scoring chances, and no high-danger chances (and that includes two minutes of power play time).
Janmark Buries Against Former Team
Nearly two minutes into the second period, the Blackhawks cut the Stars’ lead in half when Mattias Janmark finished off a face-off play run to perfection. The Blackhawks had no business being in the game, but they were only trailing by one goal with more than half of the game to play.
The one-goal deficit did not last long. A few minutes later, Matthew Highmore took a penalty and Stars’ defenseman John Klingberg beat Subban on a shot from the point to give Dallas a 3-1 lead.
On the ensuing face-off, Reese Johnson dropped the gloves with the Stars’ Nick Caamano in a futile attempt to create any sort of momentum for the away team.
In a second period that saw the Blackhawks generate just two high-danger chances, their best stretch of offensive zone time ended with a Joe Pavelski breakaway goal to extend the Stars’ lead to three.
Two minutes later, the Stars got another goal from defenseman Esa Lindell and the Blackhawks went into the second intermission facing a four-goal deficit.
The final period was no different than the first two. The Blackhawks recorded just five shots, came up empty on their second power play chance of the game, and allowed a sixth goal to lose by a final score of 6-1.
The Blackhawks are now 13-9-5 and continue to sit in fourth place of the Discover Central Division with 31 out of a possible 54 points.
Mattias Janmark now has nine goals this season after scoring the Blackhawks’ lone goal tonight. In his past two seasons in Dallas, he scored just 12 goals in 143 games played. This season, Janmark has played the sixth-most minutes by a Blackhawks’ forward and has been used in every situation. For a team in a rebuild to have success, role players like Janmark need to find ways to contribute on the scoreboard. He has done just that through 27 games.
This was possibly the worst performance of the season for the Blackhawks. After being outscored 20-9 in their first four games, the Blackhawks haven’t been this badly outplayed since. Why is this a positive? Due to the schedule this season, the Blackhawks don’t have to wait long to avenge this loss. The two teams are back in action on Thursday.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Blackhawks play the Stars again on Thursday at 7:30 PM CT in the finale of their two-game series. Tune in to the Four Feathers Podcast for further Blackhawks analysis and commentary.