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Kane, Barker help Blackhawks blitz defenseless Stars

Nov 1, 2008 - 4:15 AM CHICAGO (Ticker) -- The Dallas Stars' defense is a sieve, and they know it has to change.

Patrick Kane recorded a goal and two assists while defenseman Cam Barker netted a tally and set up another as the Chicago Blackhawks rolled to a 5-2 victory over the defensively challenged Stars on Friday.

Defenseman Brent Sopel snapped a tie in the second period and Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien also tallied for Chicago, which snapped a two-game skid. Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 21 shots for the Blackhawks.

Steve Ott and Loui Eriksson scored for Dallas, which has allowed a league-high 45 goals. The Stars have surrendered 15 tallies in their last four games, and their defense let them down once again.

"We need to cut down on our goals against," Stars center Mike Ribeiro said. "It's been like five goals a night we have allowed, and we can't expect to score six goals every night."

The Blackhawks scored three unanswered goals after Ott tied the game in the second.

"This was a total team loss," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "We made too many mistakes to win this game, and we did not play a total road game."

A quartet of Blackhawks took advantage of the Stars' defense to record their first goals of the season. However, none of them were second-year star Jonathan Toews, who scored 24 as a rookie.

"It was great to have four guys get their first goals," Kane said. "Of course, Toews still needs to get his first one."

Sopel recorded his first goal when he snapped a 2-2 deadlock with 6:34 left in the second. He sent a slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle past screened goaltender Tobias Stephan.

"Everyone was scrapping along the boards and the puck just came out to me," Sopel said. "So I just fired it at the net and I'm glad it went in."

Ladd gave the Blackhawks some breathing room with 6:10 remaining in the third with his first goal of the season. He took a feed from Barker on the left wing and sent a wrist shot past Stephan and into the upper left corner of the net.

"Hopefully, I can keep it rolling now," Ladd said of his first goal. "Once you break through, it gives you more confidence, then you are not afraid to shoot. Our line has to keep it going every night."

Byfuglien scored his first of the campaign just over two minutes later on a tip-in.

"Those guys (Byfuglien and Ladd) had been doing everything we wanted them to do but score goals," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "Tonight, their goals were big, but they were both big on the ice in other ways."

It was a back-and-forth contest prior to Chicago's outburst. Dallas knotted the game at 2-2 at 7:39 of the middle period, when Ott beat Khabibulin between the pads on a breakaway.

Kane had put the Blackhawks up, 2-1, with 70 seconds to go in the first, when he tapped in a pass from Martin Havlat during a 2-on-1 rush before crashing into the net.

Eriksson opened the scoring at 6:17 of the first, but Barker tied it with a power-play tally nearly four minutes later.

Stephan stopped 27 shots in his second straight start in place of the ineffective Marty Turco. Turco is 3-4-2 with a 4.26 goals-against average in nine games this season.








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 1 1 0 2
    CHICAGO 2 1 2 5 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DAL - LOUI ERIKSSON 5 (BRENDEN MORROW, MIKE RIBEIRO) 6:17
    CHI - (PP) CAM BARKER 1 (BRIAN CAMPBELL, PATRICK KANE) 9:59
    CHI - PATRICK KANE 6 (MARTIN HAVLAT, TROY BROUWER) 18:50
    2ND PRD: DAL - STEVE OTT 2 (KRYS BARCH, TO

    Oct 31 11:01 PM


  • NHL
    DALLAS 2
    CHICAGO 5
    3RD PRD: CHI - DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN 1 (DAVE BOLLAND) 15:51

    Stars 2, Blackhawks 5  3rd - 4:09Oct 31 10:55 PM


  • NHL
    DALLAS 2
    CHICAGO 4
    3RD PRD: CHI - ANDREW LADD 1 (UNASSISTED) 13:50

    Stars 2, Blackhawks 4  3rd - 6:10Oct 31 10:49 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 1 1 2
    CHICAGO 2 1 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DAL - LOUI ERIKSSON 5 (BRENDEN MORROW, MIKE RIBEIRO) 6:17
    CHI - (PP) CAM BARKER 1 (BRIAN CAMPBELL, PATRICK KANE) 9:59
    CHI - PATRICK KANE 6 (MARTIN HAVLAT, TROY BROUWER) 18:50
    2ND PRD: DAL - STEVE OTT 2 (K

    Oct 31 10:08 PM


  • NHL
    DALLAS 2
    CHICAGO 3
    2ND PRD: CHI - BRENT SOPEL 1 (PATRICK KANE, JONATHAN TOEWS) 13:26

    Stars 2, Blackhawks 3  2nd - 6:34Oct 31 9:56 PM


  • NHL
    DALLAS 2
    CHICAGO 2
    2ND PRD: DAL - STEVE OTT 2 (KRYS BARCH) 7:39

    Stars 2, Blackhawks 2  2nd - 12:21Oct 31 9:46 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 1 1
    CHICAGO 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DAL - LOUI ERIKSSON 5 (BRENDEN MORROW, MIKE RIBEIRO) 6:17
    CHI - (PP) CAM BARKER 1 (BRIAN CAMPBELL, PATRICK KANE) 9:59
    CHI - PATRICK KANE 6 (MARTIN HAVLAT, TROY BROUWER) 18:50
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2N

    Oct 31 9:15 PM


  • NHL
    DALLAS 1
    CHICAGO 2
    1ST PRD: CHI - PATRICK KANE 6 (MARTIN HAVLAT, TROY BROUWER) 18:50

    Stars 1, Blackhawks 2  1st - 1:10Oct 31 9:14 PM


  • NHL
    DALLAS 1
    CHICAGO 1
    1ST PRD: CHI - (PP) CAM BARKER 1 (BRIAN CAMPBELL, PATRICK KANE) 9:59

    Stars 1, Blackhawks 1  1st - 10:01Oct 31 9:01 PM


  • NHL
    DALLAS 1
    CHICAGO 0
    1ST PRD: DAL - LOUI ERIKSSON 5 (BRENDEN MORROW, MIKE RIBEIRO) 6:17

    Stars 1, Blackhawks 0  1st - 13:43Oct 31 8:50 PM