DALLAS – The Chicago Blackhawks are well aware of how tough it is to beat Kari Lehtonen.
The Blackhawks threw a ton of shots at the Dallas Stars netminder last time they were here -- 41 to be exact. They didn’t get frustrated, however, and eventually pulled out the victory. And they figure they’ll have to play that same type of game again tonight.
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Corey Crawford gets the start for Chicago and Lehtonen will be there for Dallas when the Blackhawks play the Stars tonight at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks were just starting what would become a 24-game unbeaten streak the last time they were in Dallas, when they came back from a 2-0 deficit to win in overtime. They know throwing a lot at Lehtonen will be key.
“He’s one of those goalies that’s never out of the play, when you think you have him beat. We saw that last time we played him,” Patrick Kane said today. “But I think tonight we have to play the same way as we did last time. Even if he stands on his head, if we get chances, we’ll have a good chance to score. We’ll just have to keep battling.”
Brandon Bollig and Michal Rozsival are expected to play tonight for the Blackhawks. Jimmy Hayes, who played with Kane and Dave Bolland on Thursday, was once again on that line at this morning’s skate. Daniel Carcillo, a healthy scratch on Thursday, will probably be the same tonight.
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The Blackhawks were determined in their last game in Dallas. Viktor Stalberg said that patience will be necessary again.
“Just look at the last game (here): we weren’t getting too worked up when we weren’t scoring. We were staying with it,” he said. “It’s a little different mentality than in the past, as least as long as I’ve been here. We’re not getting too worried, not having just one guy do it and not getting too fancy a play just because we want to score. We’re sticking with it, and we’re getting rewarded for it.”
Jamie Benn (wrist) will be a game-time decision for the Stars.