Toews, Hossa lead Blackhawks' 8-1 rout of Stars

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Posted: Mar 16, 2013 11:06 PM
Toews, Hossa lead Blackhawks' 8-1 rout of Stars

DALLAS (AP) — Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa each scored twice in leading the Chicago Blackhawks to an 8-1 rout of the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.

Nick Leddy and Patrick Kane each had a goal and two assists as eight Blackhawks scored two or more points and Chicago boosted its road record to 12-1-2 with a dominant win on the second stop of a four-game road trip.

Corey Crawford made 18 saves for his 13th victory. Johnny Oduya and Duncan Keith had the Blackhawks' other goals.

Defenseman Trevor Daley scored for the Stars, who have been outscored 16-3 in losing four straight (0-3-1). The Stars will play nine of their next 11 at home, where they have lost three in a row and are 2-5-1 in their last nine.

The return of offensive catalyst Jamie Benn, who missed two games with a wrist injury, wasn't enough to help the Stars, although he assisted on Dallas only goal, feeding Daley for a one-timer on a power play at 6:30 of the third period to spoil Crawford's shutout bid.

Kari Lehtonen took the loss in goal for Dallas, surrendering four goals on 17 shots before he was pulled midway through the second period. Richard Bachman made 13 saves in relief.

Toews struck twice within 1:35 to propel Chicago to a 2-0 lead in the first period and the Blackhawks never looked back.

At 9:05, Toews cruised through the top of the crease and his nifty deflection of Leddy's slap shot from the left point beat Lehtonen.

His second goal came seconds after he won an offensive zone face-off, and set up in front of the net, where Duncan Keith's point shot ricocheted off Daley right to him for an easy tap-in into the open side of the net at 10:40.

The Blackhawks extended their lead to 3-0 on Leddy's third goal of the season at 17:54. Lehtonen stopped Viktor Stalberg's point-blank shot, but Leddy managed to jam home the rebound.

Chicago continued to control the action in the second, nearly going up by four at 7:30 when a turnover by Dallas rookie defender Brenden Dillon gave Jimmy Hayes an uncontested wrist shot from the slot, but he fired it over the crossbar.

Oduya made it 4-0 at 8:01 when his slap shot from the blue line sailed past a screened Lehtonen, pinged off the left post and dropped in for his second goal in as many games.

That goal prompted Stars coach Glen Gulutzan to pull Lehtonen in favor of Bachman.

The Blackhawks scored on their first shot against Bachman, taking a 5-0 lead at 12:18 while the clubs were skating four aside, on Hossa's one-timer from in front off a nifty backhand pass from Kane.

Skating with a 5-on-3 advantage, Chicago struck again with 50.8 seconds left in the period when Hossa launched a blistering snap shot from the right circle that beat Bachman over his glove.

Keith's second goal of the year, off a wrist shot that glanced off Benn's stick in front, beat Bachman at 2:06 of the final period.

Two minutes after Daley snapped the shutout in the third period, another Dallas goal was wiped out when Eric Nystrom's wrist shot found its way over Crawford's shoulder, but the officials ruled that Vernon Fiddler interfered with Crawford on the play.

Kane made it 8-1 on the ensuing power play with a spin move in the right circle for a backhander that beat Bachman past the glove at 9:59.

NOTES: Daley's goal snapped an 0-for-10 power play drought for the Stars over the past three games. ... After a 2-for-6 showing with the man-advantage, Chicago is now 5 for 21 over its last nine contests on the power play. ... The Stars honored their general manager, former C Joe Nieuwendyk, as part of their all-time team. Nieuwendyk played in Dallas from 1995-2002, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1999 while helping the Stars earn the franchise's only Stanley Cup.