DALLAS — With the NHL lockout shortening the regular season to 48 games, the postseason race has already begun.
“It’s basically what it feels like,” coach Joel Quenneville said prior to the Chicago Blackhawks’ game against the Dallas Stars on Thursday night at American Airlines Center. “You’re looking at the standings, your division, your conference, the upcoming games, their games (and) where they are before they play you. It’s almost like we’re at that point. We have the remainder (of the season) to position yourself to get in. I’m sure everybody feels the same way. It’s going to be fun being a part of it.”
The Hawks continued their fast start to the season as they defeated the Stars 3-2 in overtime. The Hawks matched the 1972-73 team that opened 4-0 and put them one victory away from tying the franchise mark of 5-0 to start a season during the 1971-72 campaign.
Marian Hossa scored in overtime off a terrific pass from Patrick Kane to give the Hawks the win. Patrick Sharp had a goal and two assists and Jonathan Toews also scored.
Loui Eriksson scored short-handed in the final second of the opening period and Ray Whitney found the back of the net in the second for Dallas.