The Dallas Stars, playing the Chicago Blackhawks at home the night before Thanksgiving in 2022, had all the stench of a trap game. It seemed inevitable that this sad version of the Hawks would curdle the holiday gravy of the rising stars, especially with Jason Dickinson taking on his former team. Because it’s Central Division, and it’s the law or something.
But if you’ve ever watched a Stars game, you know better than to fold before the end. And with two goals from the nearly indomitable Jason Robertson and five goals in the third period, they destroyed the narrative again.
Let’s visit again.
Has anyone told the stars they need to stop taking penalties? Mainly to start the game? Jani Hakanpää fell into the trap about two minutes after the puck was thrown for tripping Patrick Kane. The kilt covered everything and yet Esa Lindell was booed less than two minutes after the end of the 5v4 game for hooking Philipp Kurashev.
Luckily, the Victory Green Gang has Jake Oettinger. You’ve heard of him, right?
The matching majors that pitted Hakanpää and Jarred Tinordi against each other were a little more entertaining, mostly with Hakanpää springing into action as Tinordi was beating Ty Dellandrea a little too enthusiastically.
As far as it went, this whole hockey game was nice, but the Dallas fans took a sip from the shot on goal and were feeling parched for goals at the time. The Blackhawks’ superior advantages in shots on goal and blocked shots didn’t help either. But you know by now that Jason Robertson won’t let that aggression rest. Take a look at this unaided beauty (as if you don’t already have her on repeat):
In the final minutes of the period, the Blackhawks took a bench for too many men on the ice. Playing the dumbest penalty in any sport somehow seemed like a convenient way to while away two minutes and prepare for the break.
Result: Stars 1 – Blackhawks 0
Shots on goal: Stars 4 – Blackhawks 11
Blocked Shots: Stars 5 – Blackhawks 11
Faceoff Wins: Stars 44% – Blackhawks 57%
Some things don’t change and the stars still can’t seem to resist bailing out other teams’ boys. Maybe they’ll pick up extra points for the hometown heroes – if they do, Seth Jones’ first goal of the season and his first since returning from long-injured reserves should hold them for a while.
That the stars are slowly coming out for the second period is a sight we’ve grown far too accustomed to over the years. It wasn’t long before Andreas Athanasiou gave the Hawks their first lead of the game.
What you don’t see often: A player bypassing Miro Heiskanen and scoring a goal past Jake Oettinger. Andreas Athanasiou just did it.
— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) November 24, 2022
The icing on the second frame suck sundae? He gave Jonathan Toews his 500th career assist on Connor Murphy’s goal. But on the plus side – no more penalties. That’s it. We’re done talking about this time.
Result: Stars 1 – Blackhawks 3
Shots on goal: Stars 12 – Blackhawks 16
Blocked Shots: Stars 10 – Blackhawks 18
Faceoff Wins: Stars 47% – Blackhawks 53%
Could it be… more like this? The Stars seemed to shake off the mid-frame daze and literally came out with momentum – making up their SoG deficit and holding the Blackhawks to a single chance in the opening 10 minutes.
But the deficit on the scoreboard remained and Max Domi increased it to 9:37 with an own goal. Need something to watch out for? Sounds like a job for Jamie “Beast Mode” Benn, with a big backing from Roope Hintz (and special thanks to pro disruptor Domi for tripping Benn up to get the stars on the power play).
And as if the seal was broken, Mason Marchment arrived, assisted by Denis Gurianov on his own return from injury.
Not enough for you? How about the stars come back all the way seconds later with this Victory Green apple from Ty Dellandrea?
For the final, delicious holiday lagniappe, you couldn’t do better than Radek Faksa bringing the gravy and Lick, with assists from Colin Miller and Ryan Suter.
Unless, of course, you have another dagger from Jason Robertson, first and last goalscorer, as well as tonight’s lucky roulette winner.
If you’re wondering what just happened… well, there you go.
The Stars won 6-4. They are 12-5-3. For the first time this season, Dallas won a game in which they were down by several goals. Happy Thanksgiving.
— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) November 24, 2022
Result: Stars 6 – Blackhawks 4
Shots on goal: Stars 37 – Blackhawks 31
Blocked Shots: Stars 13 – Blackhawks 30
Faceoff Wins: Stars 54% – Blackhawks 46%
The Stars are back in AAC for Black Friday and face another opponent from the #MurderDeathKill Division in the Winnipeg Jets. Until then. Happy Thanksgiving!