Blackhawks' home woes continues

A FIRST FOR THE NIGHT: Rangers wing Mats Zuccarello salutes the crowd after scoring his first NHL goal, in OT, for a 2-1 win over Carolina. “It was an unbelievable rush,” he said.

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A FIRST FOR THE NIGHT: Rangers wing Mats Zuccarello salutes the crowd after scoring his first NHL goal, in OT, for a 2-1 win over Carolina. “It was an unbelievable rush,” he said.

CHICAGO — Mike Ribeiro broke a tie midway through the second period with his second power-play goal of the game and the Stars beat the Blackhawks 4-2 Wednesday night.

Ribeiro scored at 9:14 when his shot from the right circle struck Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson's right knee and caromed over rookie goalie Corey Crawford's glove.

Dallas' Brenden Morrow also had a power-play goal as the Stars went 3-for-3 with the man advantage and ran their road winning streak to six. Steve Ott added a shorthanded, empty-net goal.

Fernando Pisani and Tomas Kopecky scored for Chicago, 1-4-0 in its past five games.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks dropped to 12-11-0 at the United Center, where they were 29-8-4 last season, and are 3-8-1 when tied after two periods.

Game highlights: Mats Zuccarello scored his first NHL goal, 3:09 into overtime, and the host Rangers beat the Hurricanes 2-1. "We're not the most talented group in the world, but the thing that is going to carry us through is to play as a team," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. … Rich Peverley scored twice and Ondrej Pavelec made 33 saves in the Thrashers' 3-2 victory over the host Panthers. Florida thought it had tied the score with 6:22 left on Bryan McCabe's slap shot. Replays showed the puck clearly across the goal line for a few seconds. The play wasn't reviewed.

Ducks: Center Ryan Getzlaf won't require surgery to repair the nasal sinus fractures he sustained when he was hit by a puck in a game last week, but the team captain will be out another three to five weeks.

Flames: Coach Brent Sutter said he hasn't heard from his brother Darryl since the latter was fired as general manger Dec. 28. Brent said he has sent Darryl several text messages. Darryl hasn't spoken publicly since his dismissal, and several players are still awaiting a response after wishing him well. Acting GM Jay Feaster has been in communication with Darryl and will soon meet with him to tie up loose ends.

Stars 2 0 2 4
at Blackhawks 0 2 0 2

First Period1, Dallas, Morrow 17 (Eriksson, Niskanen), 2:40 (pp). 2, Dallas, Ribeiro 7 (B.Richards, Morrow), 7:28 (pp). PenaltiesKopecky, Chi (hooking), 2:00; Campbell, Chi (slashing), 6:34.

Second Period3, Chicago, Pisani 6 (Bickell, Hjalmarsson), 9:35. 4, Chicago, Kopecky 7 (Kane, Cullimore), 11:43. PenaltiesNeal, Dal (interference), :25; Dallas bench, served by Segal (too many men), 19:33.

Third Period5, Dallas, Ribeiro 8 (B.Richards, Daley), 10:46 (pp). 6, Dallas, Ott 9 (Eriksson), 18:59 (en-sh). PenaltiesRobidas, Dal (cross-checking), 4:34; Sharp, Chi (tripping), 9:11; Benn, Dal (high-sticking), 17:55. Missed Penalty ShotStalberg, Chi, 12:53 second. Shots on GoalDallas 11-5-6—22. Chicago 12-15-10—37. Power-play opportunitiesDallas 3 of 3; Chicago 0 of 4. GoaliesDallas, Lehtonen 17-10-4 (37 shots-35 saves). Chicago, Crawford 12-8-1 (21-18), Turco (18:59 third, 0-0). A21,245 (19,717).

at Rangers 0 0 1 1 2
Hurricanes 0 0 1 0 1

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesGirardi, NYR (hooking), 2:52; Bodie, Car, major (fighting), 6:07; Prust, NYR, major (fighting), 6:07; Sauer, NYR (interference), 9:40; Cole, Car (hooking), 10:26.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesMcBain, Car (holding), 16:37; E.Staal, Car (charging), 19:53.

Third Period1, N.Y. Rangers, Gilroy 3 (Zuccarello, Dubinsky), 8:41. 2, Carolina, E.Staal 19 (Corvo, Gleason), 13:46. PenaltiesEminger, NYR (holding), 2:34.

Overtime3, N.Y. Rangers, Zuccarello 1 (Dubinsky, Lundqvist), 3:09. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalCarolina 13-8-11-0—32. N.Y. Rangers 8-15-10-2—35. Power-play opportunitiesCarolina 0 of 3; N.Y. Rangers 0 of 3. GoaliesCarolina, Ward 17-11-5 (35 shots-33 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 17-12-3 (32-31). A18,200 (18,200).

Thrashers 2 1 0 3
at Panthers 1 0 1 2

First Period1, Atlanta, Bergfors 8 (Ladd), 12:52. 2, Florida, Weiss 13 (Higgins, Frolik), 14:16. 3, Atlanta, Peverley 10 (Antropov, Enstrom), 19:29 (pp). PenaltiesAllen, Fla (delay of game), 16:04; Kulikov, Fla (interference), 18:34; Garrison, Fla (high-sticking), 18:59.

Second Period4, Atlanta, Peverley 11 (Ladd, Bogosian), 6:27. PenaltiesBergfors, Atl (tripping), 12:27; Olesz, Fla (interference), 14:46; Modin, Atl (hooking), 17:05; Higgins, Fla (interference), 17:58.

Third Period5, Florida, Higgins 8 (Weaver, Garrison), 12:39. PenaltiesMatthias, Fla, major (boarding), 1:44. Shots on GoalAtlanta 12-8-11—31. Florida 14-5-16—35. Power-play opportunitiesAtlanta 1 of 6; Florida 0 of 2. GoaliesAtlanta, Pavelec 15-8-4 (35 shots-33 saves). Florida, Vokoun 15-14-1 (15-12), Clemmensen (6:27 second, 16-16). A12,803 (17,040).

Blackhawks' home woes continues 01/05/11 [Last modified: Thursday, January 6, 2011 12:00am]

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