Chicago Blackhawks fall apart in the 2nd period in a sloppy 5-1 loss to the Dallas Stars

The Chicago Blackhawks had a chance Thursday to keep pace in the Central Division and pad their lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets and Dallas Stars. That opportunity went out the window, however, during a second-period meltdown, and the Stars beat the Hawks 5-1 at the United Center. Nikita Zadorov made a critical turnover in the Hawks’ defensive zone and Duncan Keith’s slip on the ice created another giveaway, and both led to goals in the second period. The Hawks (41 points) fell further behind the third-place Nashville Predators (45), who beat Detroit on Thursday, and saw their lead over the…

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