Comeau, Hintz lead Stars past Blackhawks, 5-1

Comeau, Hintz lead Stars past Blackhawks, 5-1

CHICAGO (AP) — Blake Comeau scored twice, Roope Hintz had a goal and three assists and the Dallas Stars beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-1 on Thursday to end a two-game slide. Jason Robertson and Miro Heiskanen also scored to help Dallas pull closer in the battle for the fourth place and the final playoff spot in the Central Division. The Stars (14-14-10) have 38 points, but have played just 38 games because a COVID-19 outbreak delayed their start this season. Anton Khudobin made 38 saves for the game — and some tough ones in the first period when Chicago came out buzzing and took 16 shots. Coach Rick Bowness asked his players to adjust their forechecking and defensive coverage during the first intermission, and the injury-depleted Stars took over the rest of the way. “They all bought in and we played better after that,” Bowness said. “Tonight things went our way.” Especially for Comeau and Hintz, a strong, 6-foot-3 Finn who was dominant in this one despite skating with a lingering lower-body injury. “Give him 100% marks for being gutty,” …
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