Sharp gets tying tally in 3rd, Kane scores only shootout goal as Blackhawks top Stars 3-2
DALLAS – Patrick Sharp scored the tying goal in the third period, Patrick Kane had the only goal in the shootout and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 Thursday night.
The Stars had turned away several good scoring chances for the high-scoring duo of Kane and Jonathan Toews before Sharp, who had 10 points in five games against Dallas last season, beat Kari Lehtonen 11:10 into the third.
Kane beat Lehtonen high on the glove side in the shootout. Corey Crawford stopped Dallas tries from Tyler Seguin and newcomers Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky.
The Stars opened on the same ice where last season ended in a first-round playoff series against Anaheim. Chicago lost Game 7 of the Western Conference finals to the Los Angeles Kings.
Dallas forced overtime by killing Jordie Benn's delay-of-game penalty in the final 2 minutes of regulation. Vernon Fiddler was stopped by Crawford on a good short-handed chance early in the penalty, and the two got tangled up while play continued at the other end. The Blackhawks didn't get a great scoring chance in what amounted to a 5-on-3 opportunity.
The Stars outshot Chicago 24-11 through two periods before the Blackhawks controlled the pace in the third period and overtime.
Chicago had only one shot in the extra period but had the puck in the Dallas end throughout. Kane just missed on a spinning attempt as sent the puck through an empty crease after some nifty stick-handling.
Toews and Kane played their first regular-season game since twin contract extensions signed over the summer that kick in next season and will pay them $84 million apiece over eight years.
Spezza and Hemsky assisted on a tying goal by Trevor Daley in their Dallas debuts after playing part of last season together in Ottawa. Spezza was acquired in a trade just before Hemsky signed a free-agent deal with the Stars.
The Stars scored again for a 2-1 lead in the second when Cody Eakin slipped a shot from just above the crease past Crawford, who stopped 32 of 34 shots.
The young high-scoring Dallas pairing of Jamie Benn and Seguin had a quiet night, combining for three shots.
Chicago's Duncan Keith, coming off his second Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman, opened the scoring with a shot from deep in the right circle that found its way between Lehtonen's legs.
Daley's goal came during a 4-minute high-sticking penalty against Niklas Hjalmarsson, who caught Patrick Eaves in the face.
NOTES: The Stars lost for the first time in three season openers against the Blackhawks. They had previously won at home in Dallas and when the franchise was still in Minnesota. ... Stars D Alex Goligoski played his 400th career game. ... The Blackhawks won their third straight season opener after going winless in the previous three.