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Blackhawks fall 2-1 to Stars in Sunday matinee

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Both goaltenders shined but Dallas’ defense was better.

Chicago Blackhawks v Dallas Stars
Joe Pavelski of the Dallas Stars skates against the Chicago Blackhawks in NHL action
Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images

The Blackhawks continued their recent streak of losing after wins, falling 2-1 to the Stars on Sunday afternoon in Dallas.

Dominik Kubalik scored a power-play goal for Chicago (27-27-8), which has lost three of its past four and is 3-7-2 since a five-game winning streak. Corey Crawford made 31 saves, including eight high-danger saves.

Joe Pavelski and Tyler Seguin each scored for the Stars, who are 6-0-1 in their past seven games.

After allowing double-digit shots, including multiple close calls, Pavelski made it 1-0 at 15:20. Pavelski was left alone on the doorstep by Duncan Keith and Slater Koekkoek, and got the puck past Crawford.

A messy start to the second period and an interference call against Jonathan Toews wiped out a Kubalik power-play goal. After Alex DeBrincat was slashed in the face, however, the Blackhawks went back on the 4-on-3 and eventually scored, as Kubalik fired a shot from the right face-off circle past Anton Khudobin for his 26th goal this season. Chicago has scored three power-play goals in two straight games.

Corey Perry sent a pass to Seguin, who settled it down as Crawford went down early to make the stop but Seguin shifted the puck away and into the open net for a 2-1 lead at 16:29.

The Blackhawks dominated both even strength against Dallas in the second, including Crawford making a save against Mattias Janmark’s first NHL penalty shot.

The Blackhawks fired seven shots in the third, but only had one high-danger chance.

Lucas Carlsson had one shot attempt and blocked one shot in 14:55 in his NHL debut as he drew into the lineup for Nick Seeler alongside Connor Murphy.

Game Charts

Puck possession flow chart (5-on-5)
Shot heat map (All situations)

Three stars

1. Anton Khudobin (DAL) — 31 saves, .969 save percentage, 1.91 expected goals against

2. Corey Crawford (CHI) — 31 saves, eight high danger, 2.67 expected goals against

3. Tyler Seguin (DAL) — game-winning goal, three shots, two takeaways

What’s next

The Blackhawks visit the Blues in St. Louis at 7 p.m. Tuesday.