By Chris Kuc
The smattering of applause in pregame warm-ups turned into full-blown cheers when Teuvo Teravainen stepped on the ice for his first shift in the NHL.
The flashy Finnish center made his highly anticipated debut during the Blackhawks’ 4-2 victory over the Stars on Tuesday night at the United Center. The crowd of 21,493 had plenty of oohs and aahs for Teravainen while scrutinizing every stride the 19-year-old took.
While the future — and some of the present — was on display, the Hawks still had some business to do as they continued their battle for playoff positioning in the Central Division.
Andrew Shaw and Duncan Keith each had a goal and an assist, Kris Versteeg and Marian Hossa scored and Patrick Sharp added two assists as the Hawks remained six points back of the first-place Blues in the division.
Corey Crawford put together a strong effort in goal for the Hawks to record the victory and conclude a four-game homestand on a positive note. Crawford made 25 saves, allowing two Ryan Garbutt scores as the Stars suffered a big blow to their postseason hopes with their fifth loss in the last seven games. Kari Lehtonen took the loss while playing on consecutive nights.