Blackhawks top Stars, 3-2, with Kane shootout goal

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Ronald Martinez, Getty Images Patrick Kane and Corey Crawford celebrate the 3-2 win over the Stars.

, Chicago Tribune

The Blackhawks were sloppy early in the regular-season opener but came alive in the third period to record a scintillating 3-2 victory over the Stars in a shootout Thursday night at American Airlines Center.

Patrick Kane scored the winner in the shootout while Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith each had a goal and an assist in regulation. Trevor Daley and Cody Eakin scored for Dallas.

Kane scored the lone goal in the shootout with a magnificent stick-handling move that finished with a backhander past Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen.

“You work on a couple moves that you think will work and you try some things in practice,” Kane said. “It’s nice to score the first one of the season.”

With the Hawks trailing 2-1 midway through the third period, Sharp fired a laser from the top of the right circle while on the power play to knot things up 2-2.

Corey Crawford was the Hawks’ best player and ended up the winner with a combined 32 saves through overtime and three more in the shootout. Lehtonen wasn’t tested often early on but when the Hawks ramped up the pace late in the game ended up the loser.

On the power play

The Hawks finished 1-for-5 (Sharp) while the Stars were 1-for-6 (Daley) with the man advantage.

The number

9: Keith shots the Stars blocked.

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville: “We have to call the cops; we stole two points. Crawford was great (in) that first period (and) the second period even better. We got going in the third but … call that a goalie win. (The Stars) were quick and they came at us. Finally, we picked it up in the third, but certainly it was tough to watch for 40 (minutes).”

Up next

Vs. Sabres at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the United Center.

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