Anisimov has goal, 3 assists; Blackhawks beat Stars 5-1

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DALLAS (AP) — Artem Anisimov had a short-handed goal and three assists, and the Western Conference-leading Chicago Blackhawks beat the Dallas Stars 5-1 on Saturday night.

Corey Crawford made 36 saves for Chicago, which moved five points ahead of second-place Dallas in the Central Division.

The teams also have the two highest point totals in the Western Conference. They will meet three more times — twice in Chicago, including Thursday, and once in Dallas.

Brent Seabrook, Trevor van Riemsdyk and Marian Hossa scored on Antti Niemi to give the Blackhawks a 3-1 lead after one period. Kari Lehtonen replaced Niemi in the second.

The Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane scored his league-leading 32nd goal in the second period.

Niklas Hjalmarsson and Artemi Panarin each had two assists.

Tyler Seguin scored the Stars’ goal at 17:46 of the first period.