Tuesday night was the first time Dallas Stars defenseman Johnny Oduya and forward Patrick Sharp faced the Blackhawks since being traded this summer. Oduya was a member of the 2013 and 2015 Stanley Cup team, while Sharp played for the Blackhawks during their 2010, 2013 and 2015 Stanley Cup wins. Both veterans have already experienced facing a former team for the first time earlier in their respective careers, so it’s only natural that they downplay that aspect of this Central Division game.

When asked about facing the Blackhawks, Oduya had said, “We want to have a good finish here before the small little break for Christmas, a lot of division games coming up. Obviously, they’re a good team. I have a lot of friends on that team, but that makes me want to beat them even more.” Oduya has four goals and 12 points in 34 games with the Stars this season while Sharp has 11 goals and 25 points in 34 games for Dallas.

After 10 seasons with the Blackhawks, last night’s game was obviously hard going into, but Sharp definitely came out the winner with Dallas’ 4-0 win against the Blackhawks. When asked about the game, Sharp stated, “I honestly think it is just another game. It’ll be a little different because it’s the first time I’ve played against my former team, but being in the Central Division, you look way down the line. We’re going to play these guys quite a bit, so any thoughts or feelings or emotions I have about playing my friends and my former teammates are going to be gone quickly because we’re going to see each other quite a bit down the stretch.”

Dallas Dominates Blackhawks in the Third

The Dallas Stars completely dominated the Chicago Blackhawks in the third period scoring three goals—one of which was scored by Patrick Sharp only 11 seconds into the third period. What stings even more is that Chicago was credited with only three shots on goal in the third while the Stars put up 16 on net—it looks like the Blackhawks were asleep that period.

Crawford let in a soft goal to put the Stars on the board, but the skill of the Stars lineup showed up for the entire 60 minutes of play as they beat Crawford from every single angle in the third to shut out the Blackhawks. With Marion Hossa and Marcus Kruger missing from the lineup again, Artem Anisimov and Teuvo Teravainen were placed on penalty kill duty—the outcome could have been a lot better. Crawford stopped 27 of 31 shots in the loss and Andrew Shaw was the only Chicago player credited with more than one hit—Andrew Desjardins led the way with four blocked shots. And, Rob Scuderi took a redirected shot to the face 12 minutes into the third period, which caused him to drop hard to the ice. Scuderi was able to skate off the ice, but he definitely needed to be fixed up and left the game.

The Chicago Blackhawks remain 10 points behind Dallas in the Central Division—let’s hope this break helps them recuperate after such an awful loss. Sharp and Oduya will travel to the United Center on February 11th where it will be a whole different story to tell because the atmosphere is like no other stadium—let’s hope the Blackhawks show up to that game.

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