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Red-hot Huet, Blackhawks defeat Stars

Feb 22, 2009 - 9:12 AM
DALLAS (Ticker) -- Cristobal Huet is proving to be more than a capable fill-in for the Chicago Blackhawks while Nikolai Khabibulin is on the mend.

Huet came within less than eight minutes of his second straight shutout as the Blackhawks defeated the Dallas Stars, 3-1, Saturday for their fourth straight victory.

"It's been a good stretch," Huet said. "I think we achieved what we wanted to achieve."

With the victory, Chicago completed its first season sweep of Dallas since the Stars relocated from Minnesota in 1993. The Blackhawks went 4-0 against the Stars, outscoring them, 20-8.

"I think we have a good system, good players and we work hard," Huet added. "That's three reasons right there (for the success against Dallas)."

Making his fifth straight start with Khabibulin on injured reserve due to a lower back injury, Huet extended his scoreless streak to 139 minutes, 53 seconds before Dallas' Steve Ott scored on a breakaway with 8:29 remaining.

"We just can't seem to get points against these guys," Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. "These are points that we need."

Huet, who blanked Florida, 4-0, in his last start Thursday, allowed his first goal since the second period of Tuesday's 5-3 win at Tampa Bay. He finished with 30 saves.

"I thought all facets of our game were in order," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said.

Defenseman James Wisniewski celebrated his 25th birthday by opening the scoring with just his second goal of the season with 3:56 left in the first period while the Blackhawks were on the power play.

"We didn't skate this morning," Huet said. "I felt good. Getting that first goal in the first period was big."

Patrick Kane and defenseman Matt Walker, who tallied his first of the season, provided insurance in the second. It was only the second career goal for Walker, a six-year veteran playing in his 220th NHL game.

Dallas netminder Marty Turco stopped 33 shots, including a breakaway attempt by Dustin Byfuglien with nine minutes remaining in the contest to keep the Stars in the game.

Seconds later, Trevor Daley sprung Ott on a breakaway, and he got Dallas on the board by moving to his forehand and flipping a shot over Huet's shoulder.

But Chicago's defense made things easy for Huet by limiting good scoring chances in the final minutes, just as it had done throughout.

"Losing four games to these guys is disheartening, especially the last two games against them," Turco said. "They're a talented group of guys that play really fast."

The Blackhawks ripped Dallas, 6-2, in Chicago a week ago.

"The last two times we've played them, they've taken it to us," Stars center Brian Sutherby said. "They force us to dump pucks. They make us chase the game, and we are just not skating."

Chicago went 7-2 on a stretch in which it played eight of nine games on the road.

"It's been a long time since we've been home," Quenneville said. "On this particular (three-game) trip, I thought we've had three solid road performances."

The Blackhawks return home Sunday to host Minnesota, and Huet wants to play in the back-to-back games.

"It's up to the coach," he said. "I have a lot of gas left in the tank."






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CHICAGO 1 2 0 3
    DALLAS 0 0 1 1 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CHI - (PP) JAMES WISNIEWSKI 2 (MARTIN HAVLAT, KRIS VERSTEEG)
    16:04
    2ND PRD: CHI - PATRICK KANE 19 (TROY BROUWER, JONATHAN TOEWS) 7:23
    CHI - MATT WALKER 1 (CAM BARKER, DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN) 19:44
    3RD PRD: DAL - STEVE OTT 1

    Feb 21 4:31 PM


  • NHL
    CHICAGO 3
    DALLAS 1
    3RD PRD: DAL - STEVE OTT 12 (TREVOR DALEY, STEPHANE ROBIDAS) 11:31

    Blackhawks 3, Stars 1  3rd - 8:29Feb 21 4:14 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CHICAGO 1 2 3
    DALLAS 0 0 0 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CHI - (PP) JAMES WISNIEWSKI 2 (MARTIN HAVLAT, KRIS VERSTEEG)
    16:04
    2ND PRD: CHI - PATRICK KANE 19 (TROY BROUWER, JONATHAN TOEWS) 7:23
    CHI - MATT WALKER 1 (UNASSISTED) 19:44
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND

    Feb 21 3:41 PM


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    CHICAGO 3
    DALLAS 0
    2ND PRD: CHI - MATT WALKER 1 (UNASSISTED) 19:44

    Blackhawks 3, Stars 0  2nd - 0:16Feb 21 3:41 PM


  • NHL
    CHICAGO 2
    DALLAS 0
    2ND PRD: CHI - PATRICK KANE 19 (TROY BROUWER, JONATHAN TOEWS) 7:23

    Blackhawks 2, Stars 0  2nd - 12:37Feb 21 3:18 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CHICAGO 1 1
    DALLAS 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CHI - (PP) JAMES WISNIEWSKI 2 (MARTIN HAVLAT, KRIS VERSTEEG)
    16:04
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CHI 13 13
    DAL 9 9
    GOALIES: CHI - CRISTO

    Feb 21 2:48 PM


  • NHL
    CHICAGO 1
    DALLAS 0
    1ST PRD: CHI - (PP) JAMES WISNIEWSKI 2 (MARTIN HAVLAT, KRIS VERSTEEG)
    16:04

    Blackhawks 1, Stars 0  1st - 3:56Feb 21 2:44 PM