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Five Things from Blackhawks-Stars: Penalty kill not killing

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Five Things from Blackhawks-Stars: Penalty kill not killing

DALLAS – Here’s one thing you can say about the Blackhawks-Dallas Stars matchups this season: whoever has won each game, it’s done it in convincing fashion.

Friday night’s outing followed that formula, as the Stars came out blazing and upended the Blackhawks 5-2. Some of the Blackhawks’ problems looked familiar. Their offense looked absent.

So before we head back home, let’s look at Five Things to take from the Blackhawks’ loss to the Stars.

[SHOP: Gear up, Blackhawks fans]

1. The penalty kill struggles again. It’s been a tough couple of weeks for the Blackhawks’ kill, and it didn’t look too good on Friday, either. The Blackhawks gave up two more power-play goals – to Jason Spezza and Jamie Benn – in this one. The penalty kill cost the Blackhawks a point in St. Louis. It helped cost them two in Dallas. So is this now a concern? “I wouldn’t say concern,” Marian Hossa said, “but we definitely have to be on the same page.”

2. Hossa returns. The Blackhawks right wing said he wasn’t coming back from his lower body injury until he was 100 percent. He looked like he felt good on Friday night. Hossa was back to his strong self on the puck, drawing a penalty and getting a team-high six shots on goal. Hossa took his return for what it was. “I felt good but obviously the result isn’t there, so can’t be happy about it,” he said.

3. Stars overcome injuries. Patrick Sharp is hurt. So is Jason Demers, Jordie Benn and John Klingberg. That didn’t seem to matter to the Stars, who played like they were at full speed and with a full roster. And with that, full credit to the Stars for truly not using injuries as an excuse.

[MORE: Blackhawks slip to third place in Central with loss to Stars]

4. The third line clicks. If there was a bright spot for the Blackhawks on Friday it was their third line. Tomas Fleischmann and Teuvo Teravainen each scored, and Dale Weise joined that line – Fleischmann and Weise played together earlier this season in Montreal, and both said the chemistry was there from the start. The Blackhawks didn’t get much overall on Friday but that line was noticeable for the right reasons. “That was one positive tonight,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “That line was effective.”

5. Let the Central Division fun begin. Actually it’s been crazy for a while and it’s really going to be entertaining down the stretch. There are a whole two points separating the Dallas Stars (in first) and the Blackhawks (in third). Two points, that’s all. Buckle up, folks.

Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

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Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish and Pat Boyle discuss which Blackhawks could be on the trading block and what players are building blocks for the Hawks future.

Burish also shares a couple memorable trade deadline days and his “near” return to the Blackhawks in 2012. Plus, he makes his bold trade deadline prediction for the Hawks.

Listen to the full Blackhawks Talk Podcast right here:

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

The Blackhawks have banned the four fans — who were ejected from Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals for their racist remarks towards Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly — from future home games.

On Monday, a Blackhawks spokesperson released this statement:

We have contacted the select individuals involved in the incident on Saturday to notify them that they are no longer welcome at our home games. Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks also wanted to remind fans that they can alert security at the United Center by texting the following to 69050: UCASSIST <SPACE> followed by the seating section, row and a brief description of the issue.