Blackhawks top Stars 2-1 in 11th round of shootout

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 30, 2013 at 12:31 am •  Published: November 30, 2013
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DALLAS (AP) — By the time Ben Smith got his first chance in an NHL shootout, the Blackhawks and Stars were locked up in the league's longest tiebreaker in almost three years.

Despite his lack of experience, Smith calmly won it.

The 25-year-old forward scored in the 11th round of a wild shootout Friday night and Chicago finally beat Dallas 2-1 for its fifth straight victory.

"It was fun," Smith said. "A great opportunity. It was awesome. I just knew I was going to try and keep it simple, shoot the puck. I was fortunate that it went in."

Smith, who has seven goals in 39 games over four NHL seasons, beat Kari Lehtonen into the upper right corner of the net.

"I had a lot of confidence in Ben," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "His line's been very effective. I think they had another good game. You look in the last four wins, they've been outstanding."

Chicago's Patrick Sharp and Dallas' Rich Peverley had the only goals through the first 10 rounds of the tiebreaker. Each of them scored in regulation, too.

It was the longest shootout in the NHL since Tampa Bay beat the New York Rangers in 11 rounds on Dec. 23, 2010, according to STATS. The Lightning won that game 4-3 with a 3-2 edge in the tiebreaker.

Sharp tied it 1-all at 7:21 of the third period. Peverley scored at 16:40 of the first.

"I was happy to make a bunch of good saves. Just not the last one," said Lehtonen, who stopped 25 shots.

Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas broke his right leg in the second period. He was wheeled off the ice on a stretcher and taken to the hospital.

While helping to kill off a Dallas penalty, the 36-year-old Robidas slid hard into the boards beyond the goal line. He stayed down on the ice holding his leg just below the knee.

"It didn't look good," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "He's been playing real well. That's the only real negative from this game."

Robidas is in his 11th season with the Stars, the longest tenure on the team, and his 14th NHL season. In his absence, Dallas played only five defensemen.

"Definitely getting on their D and putting more pressure just created more opportunities. That definitely showed in the third," Smith said.

Chicago has won six straight against the Stars, outscoring them 27-9, and five in a row at Dallas dating to Oct. 7, 2011.

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