Cody Eakin Scores 2 Goals As Dallas Stars Beat Chicago Blackhawks 6-3 | Star Tribune

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7. Chicago beat the Coyotes 5-4 in a shootout in the last matchup at the United Center on Nov. 14, 2013, ending a six-game home losing streak in the series that included the postseason. Arizona (16-24-5) has dropped three straight and six of seven on the road after falling 4-3 in a shootout to Winnipeg on Sunday. This will be its third of eight straight road games, five of those coming after the All-Star break starting Jan. 27 against Philadelphia. Coach Dave Tippett was pleased with his club’s effort against the Jets despite the loss, as Lauri Korpikoski and Tobias Rieder scored in the final seven minutes of the third to force overtime. Mike Smith, who has struggled to a 3.43 goals-against average and .887 save percentage, made 27 saves in an overall solid effort. “We hung around all game,” Tippett said. “(Smith) gave us a good game, and we found a way to keep chugging in the third. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/coyotes-blackhawks-preview-204346700–nhl.html

They found a way to grab the third one. Eakin had two goals and an assist, and the Stars scored three times in the third period of a 6-3 victory over the slumping Blackhawks on Sunday. “For us, we’re battling hard to try to climb up the ladder and we took it a period at a time and it was good to see the guys push through,” Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said. Eakin had a short-handed goal in the first and a tiebreaking power-play score in the third as Dallas won for the third time in four games. The Stars (21-17-7) also earned their first victory of the season against the Blackhawks after they dropped their first three meetings. “The game went back and forth,” Eakin said. “They started strong and we didn’t, then we picked up our socks. The third period was good, which we needed, and that’s the difference.” Tyler Seguin had a goal and an assist for Dallas, which was coming off a 5-4 victory over Washington on Saturday night. Seguin is tied with Rangers star Rick Nash for the NHL lead with 28 goals. Chicago (28-15-2) dropped consecutive games for the first time since Nov. source: http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/288983741.html

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Tiger Woods loses tooth at skiing event 2hr Dallas (21-17-7) is now 10-8-2 on the road. Chicago (28-15-2), meanwhile, continued its recent struggles, suffering its fifth loss in the last eight games. Chicago goalie Corey Crawford was able to stop just 28 of Dallas’ 34 shots. Crawford suffered his second straight defeat and fourth in his last seven outings, dropping his personal season mark to 17-10-2. Dallas took over with three third-period goals after entering the period tied at 3. That’s where Dallas put things together, while Chicago fell apart. The tie lasted less than three minutes as Eakin scored his second goal of the night and ninth of the season on the power play at 2:58. Left wingers Tyler Seguin and Eric Cole, and centers Vernon Fiddler and Shawn Horcoff also scored for Dallas. Left winger Brandon Saad scored twice and right winger Patrick Kane once for Chicago. source: http://www.kcra.com/sports/nhl-game-roundup-stars-top-blackhawks/30792452

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Games that we’re expected to win. Teams that played the night before. Points that you’ve got to have. Divisional games. It shows you our division’s competitiveness.” Brandon Saad scored two goals for Chicago, which had a 41-34 advantage in shots on goal. Saad has five goals and an assist in his last four games. The Stars and Blackhawks were tied at 3 when Chicago defenseman Johnny Oduya was sent off for tripping Seguin at 1:22 of the third. Eakin then capped a nifty passing sequence for Dallas with a tap-in goal. “At that time of the game, it’s a big power play,” Ruff said. “It’s a big goal for your team and gives us a little bit of momentum and it makes them gamble a little bit more. I think when you saw that you saw the odd-numbered rushes and you saw even better opportunities on our part.” Erik Cole made it 5-3 when he finished off a 2-on-1 with Jason Spezza, and Shawn Horcoff added an empty-netter with a minute left. The six goals allowed were a season high for Chicago. source: http://tristate-media.com/drr/nhl-eakin-helps-dallas-stars-beat-chicago-blackhawks/article_a0a63dfe-a005-11e4-b224-cf19ba668c2c.html

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However, during that cold spell, they were scoring just 0.68 goals to each goal their opponents scored when both teams were at full strength. High-level teams like the Blackhawks can normally overcome the occasional slow start because they have so much firepower with superstars such as Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith in the lineup. However, even the best teams have problems when they get outscored consistently in the first period. Andy Devlin/Getty Images The Blackhawks were outscored 16-7 in the first periods during that eight-game stretch, and it explains why they had so much trouble against the likes of the Avs and Oilers. Those teams are used to falling behind, and when they face deficits in the second and third periods, it’s difficult for them to maintain a winning attitude and compete for 60 minutes. However, when the Oilers came out of the first period in their Jan. 9 meeting with a 2-1 lead over the Hawks, despite giving up the first goal, they came out for the second period with renewed vigor and a confidence that they have rarely shown. When they retained a one-goal lead (3-2) at the start of the third period, the Oilers competed as if they were in a playoff game in the final 20 minutes and added two more goals to close out a 5-2 victory. ”We’re starting to gel a lot as a team,” Edmonton’s Taylor Hall told the media after the game. ”When we get down, we come together. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2330395-chicago-blackhawks-playing-down-to-their-competition-is-troubling-trend

Zach Bogosian and Andrew Ladd each had a goal and an assist for the Jets, who along with rookie goalie Michael Hutchinson beat the Blackhawks for the third time this season, all in Chicago. The Jets played their third game in four nights and sixth in nine against a Chicago team that hadn’t played since Sunday. Winnipeg was also coming off a 2-1 win at Dallas on Thursday in which they were outshot 47-22 as No. 1 goalie Ondrej Pavelec was the difference. “This was as good a character win as we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said. “It’s not a tough schedule, it’s a brutal schedule. “We play on energy and I can’t imagine (the Winnipeg players) had any tonight.” But somehow, the Jets found it. “We really came together and sucked it up for 60 minutes tonight and played hard,” said Little, who along with Ladd lead the team with 17 goals. “When your confidence is high like it is right now, that’s the type of effort you’re going to get.” Matchups against the high-skilled Blackhawks seem to bring out solid, smart physical play from the much-improved Jets, who are 4-0-1 in their last five. The score was tied 1-1 heading into the third period, but the Jets took charge in the final frame. “We know coming in here, it’s going to be a challenge,” Ladd said. source: http://tristate-media.com/drr/nhl-jets-defeat-blackhawks—behind-rd-period-rally/article_ae91f9d0-9e2a-11e4-925f-bbef622c955e.html

 

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