CHICAGO (AP) — Blake Comeau scored twice, Roope Hintz had a aim and three assists and the Dallas Stars beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-1 on Thursday to finish a two-game slide.
Jason Robertson and Miro Heiskanen additionally scored to assist Dallas pull nearer within the battle for the fourth place and the ultimate playoff spot within the Central Division. The Stars (14-14-10) have 38 factors, however have performed simply 38 video games as a result of a COVID-19 outbreak delayed their begin this season.
Dominik Kubalik linked for the Blackhawks (18-18-5), who fell 4 factors behind fourth-place Nashville because the Predators pounded Detroit. Chicago made a commerce with Florida earlier Thursday to bolster its roster for a playoff push, however needed to accept a break up in a two-game set with Dallas.
Anton Khudobin made 38 saves. Kevin Lankinen blocked 29 pictures.
Comeau’s targets have been simply his second and third in 33 video games. The Stars energy play clicked on two of three probabilities.
Chicago added ahead Brett Connolly, defenseman Riley Stillman and the rights to elite prospect Henrik Borgstrom from the Panthers earlier within the day. However the error-prone Blackhawks have been outskated within the night and misplaced for the 11th time of their final 16.
Hintz’s power-play aim halfway by the primary interval opened the scoring
He popped in a rebound after Lankinen slid throughout the crease and made a sensational save on Jamie Benn’s one-timer off Joe Pavelski’s cross.
Kubalik tied it at 1 with 5:55 left within the first. Newly re-acquired ahead Vinnie Hinostroza dug the puck from a scrum in the appropriate nook, then centered to Kubalik who had slipped to the entrance of the web.
Robertson put Dallas again in entrance 2-1 at 1:15 of the second throughout a 4-on-4. Dallas cashed in moments after Nikita Zadorov’s turnover to Esa Lindell within the Chicago zone as Hintz fed Robertson within the crease.
Heiskanen’s power-play aim with 5:58 left within the second on a screened shot from the highest of the slot upped it to 3-1.
Comeau scored on a breakaway 1:45 later to place Dallas in cost, 4-1. Sprung by Andrew Cogliano’s cross, Comeau skated in alone all the way in which from heart ice after Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith fell.
Arrange by Hintz, Comeau scored once more from point-blank simply 50 seconds within the third to finish the scoring.
DEAL FOR NOW … AND LATER
The Blackhawks sought to provide their playoff push a lift by buying Connolly and Stillman from the Florida Panthers on Thursday for ahead Lucas Wallmark and defenseman Lucas Carlsson.
The Blackhawks additionally acquired the rights to Borgstrom and Florida’s seventh-round choose within the 2021 NHL draft.
President of Hockey Operations and GM Stan Bowman hopes the 28-year-old Connolly and 23-year-old Stillman will be a part of the group this weekend in Columbus.
The 6-foot-Three Connolly has simply two targets and two assists in 21 video games with Florida this season, however scored 19 targets final yr and had a career-high 22 targets and 24 assists with Washington in 2018-19.
Stillman is thought for a bodily fashion. Borgstrom, Florida’s first-round choose and 23rd general in 2016, is enjoying this season in Finland.
Dallas coach Rick Bowness returned to the bench after a false optimistic COVID-19 check brought on him to overlook the third interval of a sport Sunday at Carolina and Tuesday’s 4-2 loss in Chicago. Bowness, 66 and the oldest NHL coach, has been vaccinated.
Stars: Host Florida on Saturday.
Blackhawks: At Columbus on Saturday for the primary of a two-game set.