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March 26, 2014

Blackhawks top Stars

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Chicago played its third game without Kane, who is on long-term injured reserve and may miss the rest of the regular season.

Dallas had several good chances early, including Garbutt’s breakaway just over 2 minutes in. Crawford stopped his close-in rising shot with a glove save.

“We hung around the first 10 minutes and Garbutt had the breakaway,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “But I thought they slowly started taking it away from us.

“We slowed the game down and they sped it up all the time.”

Chicago took charge as the period progressed, then Shaw’s power-play goal with 18 seconds left in the first opened the scoring.

Shaw swept in a rebound of Sharp’s shot from the blue line with a highlight-reel effort. Shaw was knocked to the ice by Dallas defenseman Trevor Daley in the crease but backhanded in the loose puck as he fell to his knees and while facing away from the net.

Versteeg was credited with a goal at 4:12 of the second that made it 2-0.

After Dallas’ Antoine Roussel failed to clear the puck, Versteeg slid a pass toward Hossa who was cruising in down the slot. Rousell reached with his stick to break up the pass but deflected the puck past Lehtonen.

Garbutt didn’t miss on his second breakaway of the game, and he cut it to 2-1 midway through the second.

He skated in behind the Blackhawks defense after Seguin banked a pass off the left boards from the Stars zone. Garbutt cut across the crease and slipped a backhander between Crawford’s pads.

Keith restored Chicago’s two-goal lead at 3-1 with 5:45 left in the period on a fluttering screened shot from the left point.

Garbutt’s second goal cut it to 3-2 with 5:40 left in the third.

Following Nick Leddy’s turnover in the right corner of the Chicago zone, Garbutt carried the puck to the net. Crawford stopped his first shot, but Garbutt stuffed in the rebound from right side of the goal.

“It’s too bad we couldn’t get the third (goal) there,” Garbutt said. “It’s doesn’t matter if it’s pretty or not this time of year.

“We’ll just take what we can get and need to start scoring more as a team.”

Hossa fired into an empty net with 33.3 seconds left to complete the scoring.

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