How it happened: The Hawks gave up three third-period goals to a team that was 2-22 when trailing after two periods. The Hawks led 1-0 thanks to a Marian Hossa score in the second after a nice individual play by Michael Frolik to steal the puck and go to the net. But after giving up just 10 shots through two periods, the Hawks were badly outworked in the third. Dallas got two shots through from the point with tip-ins in front. Hossa was up near the point on both scores and played it lazy on the first tally. The final goal came after Nick Leddy was burned by Michael Ryder who stopped quickly sending Leddy to the ice. The Hawks had little offense in the third.
What it means: It’s a shocking home loss after the Hawks played well for 40 minutes. Dallas had little in the way of scoring chances in the first two periods, but the Hawks relaxed in the third while the Stars worked harder. Point shots making it through to the net continued to be an Achilles’ heel for them as forwards aren’t in all shooting lanes though it was better in the winning streak, which ended at four. Overall, it’s a reminder working hard is needed for 60 minutes and nothing less. On offense, the third period was an easy one for goalie Richard Bachman who only faced five shots in the final 20 minutes.
What’s next: The Hawks hit the road for their final two games on the West Coast this season. They’ll take on Los Angeles on Saturday and Anaheim on Sunday.