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Blackhawks run a clinic in Dallas, rollover the Stars 8-1

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Officially the Chicago Blackhawks played a game versus the Dallas Stars on Saturday night but it looked more like a hockey clinic. Chicago rolled over Dallas 8-1, and the score gave a perfect depiction of how well the Hawks played.

Led by two goals from Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa the Blackhawks were flying.

The Toews line was creating scoring chances and the Stars had no answers. Their linemate Brandon Saad was not very noticeable in the previous two games but that changed Saturday night. Saad was in high gear too and the Toews line was scary good as they set the tone for a cake walk.

Unfortunately Corey Crawford lost his shutout early in the third period but the Dallas starting goalie was much worse off. Kari Lehtonen was chased from the net before the middle of the second period after allowing four goals. Make no mistake, probably the only way the Stars could have won is if they had two goalies protecting their net.

Lehtonen couldn't be faulted, it was simply a top notch effort by the Blackhawks and a poor performance by Dallas. The Hawks were solid defensively as the Stars could manage only a total of eight shots through two periods. Dallas isn't a swift skating club, combined that with some poor fundamentals and the Hawks were unstoppable.

The Stars took an interesting plan into this season as they added a couple of elder statesman to their lineup. Older players well past their prime can have issues in a condensed schedule situation. Couple that with some young, inexperienced defensemen and chances are the playoffs will be difficult to achieve. By the looks of all the empty seats in the lower bowl some Dallas fans may have smelled a stinker coming.

The Blackhawks are the best show in the NHL as they combine quick play and pretty goals with solid defense. Patrick Kane scored a highlight reel goal that will be replayed many, many times.

Kane took the puck into the Dallas zone, did a Denis Savard-like spin-o-rama and launched a wicked backhander from just inside the right faceoff dot. Kane's shot could not have been better placed as it sailed high just inside the nearside post.

The Kane goal capped the scoring as the Dallas Stars had a night they would like to forget.

The Blackhawks flew out after the game and headed to Colorado. They will square off with the Avalanche on Monday night seeking some revenge for their first regulation loss of the season. The Av's can skate and have some skill so they will present a problem if not held in check.

Since Colorado defeated the Blackhawks on March 8, they have lost three of the four games they have played.

Al's Shots

The only blemish during Friday's contest was when Brent Seabrook got sucked into a fight with Antoine Roussel while Dallas was losing 6-0. Certainly this wasn't a situation whereby Roussel could have changed the momentum of the game by getting into a fight.

Well before the encounter Roussel was looking for a fight, it was very obvious he was up to no good. If the NHL was serious about eliminating fighting Roussel should have been given a misconduct penalty for trying to stir up trouble. I said the same on Twitter, as it was obvious Roussel's only intent was to get into a fight.

Anyone relying on NHL officiating to do the right thing should be prepared for disappointment.

Seabrook has himself to blame as well, he allowed Roussel to get his fight and then skated toward him too casually. The result was Seabrook caught a few good punches and could have been hurt. Roussel had so little respect he continued to swing as Seabrook was down on the ice. Most real hockey fighters would cringe at that.

The argument can be made fighting should be eliminated from the NHL. I won't go quite that far but this encounter served no purpose. Roussel fights with a visor on and Seabrook doesn't, that in itself is an issue.

If the NHL is serious about cutting down on fighting and helping to prevent concussions, then referees need to have a clue. Otherwise it is all lip service by league hierarchy.

Viktor Stalberg and Bryan Bickell recorded three assists each, which was a new high for both.

Stalberg led all players with six shots on goal.

Nick Leddy had a goal and two assists. Leddy continues to have a very impressive season.

The Hawks were led at the faceoff dot by Toews who was a lofty 81 percent.

As a team the Blackhawks won 53 percent of draws, but that was only because of Toews. Dave Bolland was a winner of 3 of 9 for a feeble 33 percent. Andrew Shaw was a winner of 5 of 12 faceoffs for 42 percent.

Before the game GM Stan Bowman met with the media and commented he has had many conversations but there aren't any trades close to happening. Bowman mentioned he would like to acquire a depth center but is comfortable with the group he has.

I will have more thoughts about Bowman's comments concerning trades after the Colorado game.

I will be back on Tuesday morning and you can follow me on Twitter @AlCimaglia.

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