Son of UW Hockey coach gets a hat trick in the first period against Blackhawks
Right winger Patrick Eaves scored a hat trick in the first period, leading the Dallas Stars to a 4-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.
Defenseman John Klingberg added a goal and an assist for the Stars. Dallas (35-15-5) posted its fourth consecutive road victory and improved to 5-1-0 in the past six games.
Chicago (36-18-4) lost back-to-back games at home for the first time this season. Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith and right winger Patrick Kane each scored in third period.
Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped 44 of 46 shots to improve to 15-5-0.
Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford allowed four goals on 18 shots. He was replaced after the first period by Scott Darling, who turned aside all 14 shots he faced in the final two periods.
Keith scored 32 seconds into the third period to slice the deficit to 4-1.Chicago pulled within 4-2 on a slap shot by Kane with 12:12 remaining in the third period. Center Jonathan Toews won a faceoff in the left circle and fed the puck to Kane, who notched his 33rd goal.
Stars left winger Travis Moen sustained a lower-body injury in the second period and did not return.Dallas jumped to a 1-0 lead when Eaves scored from a sharp-angle goal 3:19 after the opening faceoff. Eaves stood to the left of the crease and lifted a slap shot above Crawford’s right shoulder.
Klingberg increased the lead to 2-0 on a backhand shot with 10:16 remaining in the first period. The shot deflected off Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson’s right leg before finding the net.
Eaves scored on the power play to make it 3-0 with 3:34 left in the first period. Center Tyler Seguin fed a pass from the left corner to Eaves, who ripped a one-timer past Crawford’s glove side.
Eaves completed the hat trick with a power-play goal with 15.6 seconds to go in the first period. The 31-year-old forward knocked in a rebound for his second career hat trick in 526 games.
Eaves became the second player in franchise history to record a hat trick in the first period. The other player to achieve the feat was Bill Goldsworthy of the Minnesota North Stars on Dec. 11, 1973.
NOTES: Stars D Jason Demers did not play because of an illness. … Blackhawks LW Artemi Panarin missed his second consecutive game because of an illness. Chicago coach Joel Quenneville told reporters Panarin’s illness was “comparable” to the illness that forced C Jonathan Toews to miss the NHL All-Star Game. … Stars C Radek Faksa was a healthy scratch for the first time since he was promoted Feb. 5 from Texas of the AHL. … Blackhawks D Rob Scuderi returned to the lineup after sitting out the previous four games as a healthy scratch. … Stars C Jason Spezza missed his third straight game because of an upper-body injury. … Blackhawks D Michal Rozsival was a healthy scratch. … Stars RW Patrick Sharp appeared in his 800th career game.