Five-Star Performance (Stars Gazing; 11.23.22)

Ross James/ALOST

akoiki-passport2 – by Adesina O. Koiki
A Lot of Sports Talk editor-in-chief

DALLAS — Immediately before Wednesday night turned into Thanksgiving morning, the Dallas Stars made sure to take care of the stuffing…that is, repeatedly stuffing the back of the net during a remarkable comeback victory that was a shocking as it was sudden.

Jason Robertson scored twice, the latter coming on an empty net goal that was the last of five unanswered goals scored by the Stars in a 6-4 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at American Airlines Center. Dallas’ five-goal outburst after being down 4-1 almost midway though the third came in the final 9:45 of the contest, including two goals in a 14-second span to tie the game at 4-4 with just under six minutes remaining. Radek Faksa scored the game-winner with 1:33 in the third period.

“That’s a great win for our group going into the Thanksgiving break,” Stars coach Peter DeBoer said. “Those kinds of wins galvanize you. They test your character, they test your gumption. It would have been easy to mail it in after two [periods] and just go home for Thanksgiving for a day before we went back at it, but we didn’t, and we got rewarded for that.”

Max Domi scored for the Blackhawks to give the Blackhawks a 4-1 lead with 10:23 remaining in the third, and it appeared the Stars were heading to a second consecutive home loss. Thirteen seconds later, however, Domi tripped Jamie Benn to set up a Starts power play, and, as it turned out, the penalty was the catalyst to the stirring turnaround.

Benn scored on the power play that he helped create to get Dallas with in 4-2. Mason Marchment then cut Chicago’s lead to one at the 13:58 mark on a one-timer from the left circle. Ty Dellandrea tied the game on the Stars’ next shift, deflecting a point shot from Jani Hakanpaa to tie the score.

“We had no business losing that game,” said Domi, who had a goal and an assist tonight. “When you’re dominating a team like that, they’re going to bounce back. They’re going to have a push. That’s a heck of a hockey club over there that has a lot of veteran players that know how to stay in games. You’ve got to give credit to them, but that’s a game we’ve got to find a way to win and close that one out.”

*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Wednesday evening’s game, with all photos taken by Dallas-area photographer Ross James. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are 14 pictures in total.

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