CHICAGO (AP) No 11-round shootout this time. Just a series of big stops forKari Lehtonen.
Lehtonen had a season-high 47 saves,Antoine Roussel converted a penalty shot in the third period and the Dallas Stars snapped the Chicago Blackhawks' six-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night
'It's fun if it goes well, but if things don't go well it can get kind of ugly,' Lehtonen said. 'I had no problem getting all those shots today. I was feeling good.'
It sure looked that way.
The defending Stanley Cup champions hit the road while the circus took over the United Center and responded with an impressive 6-1-0 trip, including an epic tiebreaker during a 2-1 win in Dallas on Friday night that matched the record for longest shootout for each franchise.
'It's nice to be home from that long road trip, but sometimes there's a letdown, and you can't let that happen,' defensemanDuncan Keithsaid. 'We were guilty of that tonight.'
Roussel then beat Crawford with a backhander into the upper right corner at 3:01, and Lehtonen stepped up with a series of solid saves to help the Stars hold on for their seventh victory in their last eight road games.
'I felt like we played defense the whole game,' Roussel said. 'We didn't have much energy. Our goaltender played unbelievable and kept us in the game.'
Dallas was once again without forwardTyler Seguin, who missed his second straight game with concussion-like symptoms. He leads the team with 12 goals.
The Stars jumped on an ill-timed line change by the Blackhawks to grab a 1-0 lead at 13:47 of the first. Nichushkin got a pass fromCody Eakinand sent a low wrister past Crawford for his third goal of the season.
Chiasson then tipped home a long slap shot byAlex Goligoskifor a power-play score with 1:10 to go in the period, and Nichushkin found Cole in front of the goal to make it 3-0 early in the second.
'Very generous on the first three goals against us,' Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. 'We had one of those starts where we were trying to get ourselves into the game mentally. I don't think we were sharp on the plays and the goals against.'
That sure changed in a hurry.
Sharp's long slap shot got by Lehtonen at 9:39 for his third goal in four games, prompting the Blackhawks to turn up the pressure. Leddy converted a one-timer and Oduya's slap shot from the boards went off Chiasson's stick on the way to the net for his third goal.
The goals by the defensemen just 65 seconds apart tied it at 3 with 2:46 left in the period and led to a standing ovation from the crowd.
The Blackhawks continued to generate quality opportunities in the third, but Lehtonen was there each time. He had a solid stop onBrandon Saadbefore Roussel's penalty shot, and then made a great save on Sharp to keep the Stars in front midway through the period.
'In the third they were coming hard and we were playing smart,' Lehtonen said. 'There were a couple of breakdowns, but nothing crazy. It wasn't a pretty win, but we'll take it.'
NOTES: Crawford had 14 stops. .. Stars CRyan Garbuttwas helped from the ice after he took a slap shot to his right leg in the first period, but returned to the game. ... Blackhawks DMichal Rozsivalplayed in his 800th NHL game. ... Blackhawks CMichal Handzuswas scratched due to an illness. ... In addition to Seguin, the Stars also scratched DJamie Oleksiakand CTravis Morin.