Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Dallas Stars: Hawks Give Up Three Power Play Goals, Lose Another Home Game

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BLACKHAWKS VIDEO: Watch Viktor Stalberg's Missed Penalty Shot

It's rare in the NHL to get a penalty shot; perhaps a couple dozen a year are given. The official NHL rule about them says:

A penalty shot is designed to restore a scoring opportunity which was lost as a result of a foul being committed by the offending team, based on the parameters set out in these rules.

The rule goes on to describe how the shot can be taken; particularly interesting is this:

The spin-o-rama type move where the player completes a 360° turn as he approaches the goal, shall be permitted as this involves continuous motion.

Anyway, the Blackhawks' Viktor Stalberg got one last night. As you can see in the highlight video below (about halfway through; these are all the second period highlights), Stalberg's shot hit the right post, then the crossbar, then the left post, like a demented pinball shot. You couldn't do that if you tried, but Stalberg did. It's about as close as you can come to getting a penalty shot goal without, you know, getting one.

If Stalberg had scored here, the entire complexion of the game would have been different, because it would have been tied in the final minute instead of a 3-2 Blackhawks deficit.


Viktor Stalberg Misses Penalty Shot, Blackhawks Lose 4-2 To Stars

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Mike Ribeiro posted a pair of power-play goals, including the deciding score just after the midway point of the third period, as Dallas downed Chicago, 4-2, at United Center. In the second period, Viktor Stalberg was awarded a penalty shot and his shot hit both posts and the crossbar before deflecting out, no goal.

Brenden Morrow also tallied on the advantage and Steve Ott added a short- handed score for the Stars, who have reeled off six straight wins away from home.

Kari Lehtonen was strong for the win with 35 saves.

Fernando Pisani and Tomas Kopecky scored for the Blackhawks, who lost for the fourth time in five games. Corey Crawford yielded three goals on 21 shots in defeat.

"I have to come up with big saves and I didn't do that tonight," Crawford said.

It was 3-2 for the Stars at the 10:46 mark of the third period as Ribeiro's shot from the right circle redirected off the knee of Hawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson and found the net inside the right post.

The Hawks were given a break late in regulation when Jamie Benn was sent off for high-sticking Duncan Keith in the face with 2:05 to go. Unfortunately, with Crawford pulled for an extra skater, Loui Eriksson knocked down a pass inside his own zone and fed to a streaking Ott who hit the empty net.

Dallas notched a pair of early power-play goals as Morrow lit the lamp just 2:40 into the contest on a stuffer at the right post and Ribeiro struck at 7:28 when he redirected a Brad Richards drive.

Pisani's wrister ticked off Lehtonen's glove and halved Chicago's deficit at 9:35 of the second, then Kopecky followed a little more than two minutes later.

Lehtonen was saved by his net over a minute later, as Viktor Stalberg roared in alone on a penalty shot, but clanged his backhander off the right post, crossbar and left post in rapid succession.

"We just work hard and believe in ourselves. This is certainly a huge win," Lehtonen said. "It's good to get two points."

Game Notes

The Stars snapped a three-game losing string to the Blackhawks, including the lone previous meeting this season, a 5-3 setback on December 8...Chicago fans were treated to a bobblehead of Hall of Famer Stan Mikita, who skated for the Blackhawks from 1959-80 and racked up 1,467 points...The Blackhawks fell to 12-11-0 at home this season.


Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Dallas Stars: Marty Turco Must Wait

The Blackhawks host the Dallas Stars, Marty Turco's former team, tonight at the United Center. Turco did not play in the Blackhawks' 5-3 win over the Stars at the UC on Dec. 8 and won't play tonight, either; the start goes to the hot Corey Crawford.

So Turco will have to wait until the Hawks travel to Dallas on Feb. 11 to play against his old team and his old fans. Meanwhile, Crawford gets the shot to prove he's the No. 1 goalie, just as Antti Niemi did a year ago, finally supplanting Cristobal Huet.

The Hawks finally looked pretty sharp on Monday night against the Kings in Los Angeles, getting a late goal from the just-returned Jonathan Toews to give them a 4-3 win. It's that kind of energy that's been missing from the Blackhawks' attack for most of this season.

Tonight's game begins at 7:30 p.m. CST and will be televised on CSN Chicago Plus, which is on CLTV in Chicago (check your own cable system for the channel). After the Bulls game ends, the telecast will also be seen on CSN's main channel.

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