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A Recap in Gifs: Dallas Stars Triumph Over Their Own Giveaways AND the Blackhawks

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It looked pretty dicey there for a while!

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Well, here we are at the end. The Dallas Stars are back in the United Center to take on the Chicago Blackhawks for their last game of the season. Both teams have been eliminated from the playoffs and this game will be largely meaningless in the grand scheme of things.

Let’s go!

First Period

The Stars:

The Blackhawks:

The opening 90 seconds:

Score effects:

The Stars late score:

Shots: Stars 14, Blackhawks 5
Score: Stars 1, Blackhawks 2

Second Period

Radek Faksa:

The middle bit of the second period:

The Stars after the Blackhawks score again:

Vinnie Hinostroza trips Miro Heiskanen with 5 seconds left to go in the period:

Miro Heiskanen scores:

Shots: Stars 30, Blackhawks 10 (yes that’s three, count them THREE, goals on ten shots)
Score: Stars 2, Blackhawks 3

Third Period

Jason Dowling takes a delay of game penalty:

The Stars handing the puck to the Blackhawks so they can score:

Joel Kiviranta scores:

Jason Dickinson scores to tie it:

The Blackhawks take a penalty:

But the Stars don’t score:

Somehow, the last four minutes of a tie game:

Faksa takes a four-minute double minor for high sticking in the last twenty seconds:

The Stars go to overtime with leftover penalty kill time:

Shots: Stars 47, Blackhawks 18
Score: Stars 4, Blackhawks 4

Overtime

The lack of surprise at this overtime:

Stars win:

Shots: Stars 50, Blackhawks 23
Score: Stars 5, Blackhawks 4