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Wiping the slate clean from their loss in Rockford, the Stars crushed their weekend set in Chicago by a combined 11-2 margin, vaulting them to second place in the division. Anton Khudobin started both games and stopped 46 of 48 shots.
For Texas, it was an excellent sign of things to come. These two teams will meet up a total of eight times, and the Stars certainly would like to bank some extra points off the expected divisional bottom dwellers, especially after going 3-8-1 against them last year. That team also won the Calder Cup, so there's no shame in that game.
Goal scoring was nicely distributed in the contests as eight different Stars scored from both the backend and up front. Surprise offensive powerhouse Alex Petrovic notched one as did more usual suspects Thomas Harley and Ryan Shea. Riley Tufte had a goal in each game while Riley Barber and Marian Studenic each scored a pair in the first and second game, respectively. The captain, Curtis McKenzie, and Jacob Peterson rounded out the scoring.
The only dull spot in the set was the power play, which went scoreless on seven tries. Luckily for Texas, the margin was such that they didn't need the goals. Chicago scored once on ten tries for a 90% PK for the Stars.
Texas gets a few days off now, but they must spend them on the road in the Midwest. The season's most grueling road trip continues on Tuesday in Milwaukee.
Friday night's attendance was 6,222. Saturday's was 5,638.