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Hawks down the Stars 4-2 and take to the road

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On Tuesday night the Blackhawks outlasted Dallas by a score of 4-2. With the loss the Stars dropped four of five in the season series to Chicago. The Hawks currently sit in fourth place in the Western Conference, having kept pace with St. Louis and Colorado who were also winners last night.

The Hawks played well for the most part against a club fighting for their playoff life. The Blackhawks did catch a break or two, the first goal came about on a power play after a questionable goaltender interference call. Andrew Shaw was in perfect position and with a great effort potted a Patrick Sharp rebound while falling to the ice.

To open the middle frame, Kris Versteeg scored to make it 2-0 on a shot which deflected in off a Dallas player. The Hawks then got a little sloppy as Ryan Garbutt got behind the Chicago defense and beat Corey Crawford to cut the lead in half. Then the red hot Duncan Keith let a shot go from the point which found its way past Kari Lehtonen. After forty minutes of play the Hawks were up by two goals.

With less than six minutes to play Garbutt scored his second of the night as he got to the net and Crawford fumbled his first shot. Garbutt was untouched and taped in his own rebound for a short side goal.

The Hawks didn't make it easy on themselves but they were able to hold off the Stars. Marian Hossa was the best Chicago forward and scored into an empty net to conclude the scoring. Hossa and Sharp led their team with six shots on goal. Sharp had another nice game and was credited with two assists.

Teuvo Teravainen made his regular season debut and although he didn't record a point, performed well. Teravainen was the only Chicago player to not record a shot on goal but he was a perfect 7-0 at the faceoff dot.

Most important Teravainen appears to be a heady player who was cautious to not get caught out of position defensively. He is slightly built but appears quick on his skates and sees the ice well.

Joel Quenneville is breaking Teravainen in slowly, which makes sense. He played 1:29 on the power play and 10:10 at even strength. Quenneville had the young center out late in the game which is meaningful. Once TT gets more acclimated his offense will pick up, but for now he gets good marks for his first appearance.

The Hawks travel to Boston for the start of an important three game road swing. After facing the Bruins on Thursday they will travel up to Ottawa to play the Senators on Friday night. The trip concludes with a stiff test against the Penguins on Sunday.

The Bruins have been red hot. Boston had its 10 game winning streak snapped versus Montreal on Monday night. The contest will feature last year's Stanley Cup Final participants.

The chance of moving up in the Western Conference standings may hinge on the points picked up in upcoming Eastern Conference games.

Al's Shots

On Tuesday the Blackhawk beat writing community suffered a big loss with the passing of Tim Sassone. He was 58 years old and began covering the Hawks for the Daily Herald in 1988.

For Blackhawk fans of my generation Bob Verdi was the beat writer who provided insightful commentary. Following Verdi was Sassone who made a significant impact on Hawk followers.

In his later years Sassone also wrote the Between the Circles blog and had quite an avid following. Many current Hawks fans began following the club by reading Sassone.

Tim was a soft spoken guy who knew how to make a point and had the hockey knowledge to back up his opinions. He endured the dark days of the franchise and always did his job effectively no matter the popularity of the team.

In 2012, Tim suffered a stroke and for awhile was unable to talk or walk. He rallied back to recover and resumed covering the team. He hasn't been able to get down to the United Center over the last few months but did continue writing although being ill.

I will miss talking with Tim, and last night there was a hollow feeling in the press box as his passing touched many.

Tim was a solid family man and is survived by his wife Christine and two children, Ali and Andrew.

My condolences go out to his family.

I will be back on Friday morning and you can follow me on Twitter @AlCimaglia.

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