Peterson's Shootout Goal Leads Stars Past Blackhawks 1-0

Jacob Peterson scored the deciding goal in the sixth round of the shootout, leading the Dallas Stars to a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.

Chicago's Alex DeBrincat and Dallas' Jason Robertson scored in the first shootout round. After that, goaltenders Marc-Andre Fleury and Jake Oettinger each stopped four shots. Oettinger stopped a fifth, by Jake McCabe, before Peterson faked Fleury and beat him between the legs for the victory.

Dallas won its second straight game and fourth in the last five. The Blackhawks dropped their second straight.

Oettinger made 34 saves in regulation and earned his eighth career shootout, and first this season.

The 37-year-old Fleury made a handful of impressive saves among his 27 stops in regulation, getting credit for his 71st career shutout and fourth of the season.

Two of Fleury's saves in particular stood out. He kicked out his right leg to take a sure goal away from Jason Robertson with 2:33 left in the first period, the puck fluttering over the net. He then topped himself with 6.5 seconds left in the second, sliding across to grab Roope Hintz's point-blank drive. That one had Hintz shaking his head and the crowd roaring in approval.

Fleury was fortunate 23 seconds into overtime, when Tyler Seguin's poke as he was falling went off the crossbar.

Patrick Kane was stopped by Oettinger from 15 feet out 3:05 into overtime.

Two of the Blackhawks' best chances came on the same shift midway through the third period. Dylan Strome's screen shot just skittered past Oettinger and the left post. And 16 seconds later, Oettinger managed to deflect DeBrincat's 12-footer to the side.

The Blackhawks, 3-6-1 in their previous 10 games, again suffered from a paucity of scoring. In five of their previous nine losses, they scored either one goal or were shut out.

The Stars had won their previous five road games, including a 4-1 victory in Colorado on Tuesday when they managed only 20 shots on goal.

NOTES: Neither team scored on the power play, the Stars with three chances and the Blackhawks two. ... After getting two goals and two assists in Dallas' win over Colorado on Tuesday, C Joe Pavelski was held without a point for the seventh time in eight games. ... Chicago captain Jonathan Toews, out because of a concussion for eight games, was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 26. Blackhawks F Jujhar Khaira, who missed his 12th straight game, was moved to long-term injured reserve.


Stars: visit Arizona on Sunday, then play three of the next four at home.

Blackhawks: continue their five-game homestand against high-flying Florida on Sunday, and host New Jersey and St. Louis next week.

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