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Alex DeBrincat, Patrick Kane lead Blackhawks to 5-2 win over Stars

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Chicago wins back-to-back games for the first time since Oct. 23-25.

Chicago Blackhawks v Dallas Stars Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane each had three points to lead the Blackhawks to a 5-2 win over the Stars on Thursday at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

DeBrincat had a goal and two primary assists while Kane had two goals, including an empty-netter, and a secondary assist.

Erik Gustafsson scored a power-play goal and Brendan Perlini added an empty-net tally. Cam Ward made 26 saves in his second straight win for Chicago, who have won back-to-back games for the first time since Oct. 23-25.

Tyler Seguin and Taylor Fedun scored for Dallas, who dropped its first home game since Nov. 12. Ben Bishop made 27 stops.

The Stars nearly took a 1-0 lead just 15 seconds into the game when the puck trickled through Ward, but Gustafsson swiped the puck off the goal line.

DeBrincat put the Blackhawks on the scoreboard 1:12 into the first period. David Kampf won the faceoff at the left circle, Dylan Sikura backhanded it to DeBrincat, who fired a wrister from the top of the circle for his 15th goal of the season.

Gustafsson slapped in his eighth goal of the season and second on the power play off a one-timer from DeBrincat at 17:23 in the first.

Kane scored his first goal of the night off on a backhanded shot over Bishop’s left shoulder just 1:56 into the second period. Kane’s goal gave Chicago its first three-goal lead that did not involve an empty-net goal since Oct. 25, according to Mark Lazerus of The Athletic.

It’s the first time in 16 games the Blackhawks did not allow a first-period goal.

Seguin cut the Blackhawks’ lead to 3-1 when he was left open in the slot at 8:15 in the second.

Blackhawks defenseman Carl Dahlstrom then avoided an injury scare. He lost his footing and fell to his knees before Radek Fasek hit him into the boards. Dahlstrom was slow to get up after the collision, but did not miss a shift after head trainer Mike Gapski checked out Dahlstrom’s left clavicle.

Fedun made it a one-goal game when he capitalized on a loose puck in front of the net at 6:16 of the third period.

Kane and Perlini added empty-net goals 40 seconds apart with less than two minutes left in the game.

Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy left the game late in the third period after taking an elbow to the face by Stars forward Tyler Pitlick. Murphy crumbled to the ice and blood poured from his face before he was attended to by trainers.

It was the third straight game Chicago had a player exit a game early. On Sunday, goaltender Corey Crawford left with a concussion after a collision in the crease, and forward Marcus Kruger departed after taking an elbow to the face from Predators forward Ryan Hartman on Tuesday. Both Crawford and Kruger were placed on injured reserve as they go through concussion protocol.

The Blackhawks play the second half of their back-to-back Friday against the Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

3 Stars

  1. Alex DeBrincat (CHI) — 1 goal, 2 assists
  2. Patrick Kane (CHI) — 2 goals, 1 assist
  3. Erik Gustafsson (CHI) — 1 goal