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Blackhawks 2, Stars 5 — Three Stars, Key Takeaways

Chicago Blackhawks

You thought the Blackhawks were done trading? Ha ha! They shocked everyone when, a couple hours before the game, they found a team that wanted… Dylan Sikura. That trade was official before the game; for salary cap purposes, the trade sending Max Domi to the Stars couldn’t be finalized until after the game. It would have been fun to see him switch rooms this afternoon and dress tonight anyway.

Star 1: Cole Guttman

He scored his third goal in the NHL in the first period and, frankly, continues to impress the hell out of me. He also had another good night at the dot (won 9 of 16). I chatted with Guttman after the morning skate and he was so well spoken about being a young player that’s been through a lot of roster upheaval in the past couple weeks, integrating Rockford players onto the NHL roster and developing chemistry at the NHL level. If we can find a few more like him…

Star 2: Petr Mrazek

This roster has so few options to generate offense that it has to feel like the goaltender is going to have to pitch a shutout to get a win (and even that might not be enough. Mrazek’s team was out-shot 11-3 in the second period but the game was tied after 40 minutes. The Blackhawks were desperately trying to hang on and keep the game close and Mrazek did what he could to keep it within one.

Star 3: Max Domi

Everyone wants the day off on their birthday, right? Domi was supposed to center the Blackhawks’ top line on his 28th birth anniversary, but instead stayed home to pack a bag for a couple months on the road with the Dallas Stars. The Blackhawks didn’t bake him a cake, but they gave him the gift of the playoffs instead. Thanks for everything, Max! (Please keep us in mind in free agency this summer.)


  • Colin Blackwell was scratched. When Domi was held out of the lineup for trade-related reasons, Joey Anderson was brought into the lineup.
  • The Blackhawks’ penalty kill was 0-2 in the first period. Mission accomplished?
  • The Blackhawks tied the game at two 26 seconds into the second period. They were only credited with two more shots on goal in the 19:34 that followed.
  • I thought I noticed something a couple times… and then I saw it officially official (unlike the Domi trade). It appears everyone needs a roster sheet with all of these trades, because the scoreboard was giving the credit for Joey Anderson‘s work tonight to Anders Bjork, who reports tomorrow.

Author: Tab Bamford

Tab is the Lead Blackhawks voice for BN. He is the author of two books about the Blackhawks, most recently "Chicago Blackhawks: An Illustrated Timeline" (Reedy Press, 2021). Find him on Twitter at @The1Tab