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(Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)

By Scott King

Scott Darling made his fourth consecutive start in net for the Hawks but wouldn’t see the second period. The Hawks dictated the pace early in the first period until forward Colton Sceviour scored from behind the Hawks’ net after the puck bounced off Darling’s stick and went in. Stars winger Vernon Fiddler scored 25 seconds later.

Patrick Eaves and Fiddler scored a power play and shorthanded goal before the first period concluded to put the Stars up 4-0 after one period. A slew of fans at the United Center booed the Hawks following the first.

“Our fans are great,” said Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on the fans’ reaction following the period. “Not going to say anything on that note. Obviously it’s not the show that fans expect.

You know they want to come and see us win by four or five goals. It’s unfortunate that we get booed in situations like that, but it is what it is. We’ll focus on things we can do out on the ice. We know we have to be better than that.”

Recent Blackhawks call up Michael Leighton started the second period in net for the Hawks. Andrew Shaw got Chicago on the board toward the end of the second period by batting in a puck from mid air.

Radek Faksa extended the Stars’ lead to 5-1 towards the end of the second. Richard Panik scored in the third for the Hawks making it 5-2.

Cody Eakin made the final score 6-2 Stars on an empty net goal late in the third.

“Sometimes you just have to grind it out and it’s going to be ugly,” Toews said. “As far as our concern level, at the end of the day we just have to have that unshakable confidence. We have to work our way back into making things click for us again.”

“We have three days here to kind of regroup,” said Hawks winger Patrick Kane. “Maybe it’s what we need right now. Get a little time away from games and try to regroup.

I’ll take it upon myself to be a lot better and make sure when I’m out on the ice we have the puck and [are] not giving up goals.”

Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville didn’t have many positives to take away from the contest. “It was hard to watch,” Quenneville said.

“I don’t know if it’s confidence, [or] whatever, but we have to find a way to rectify the way we’ve played and play with more urgency. We’re playing catch-up hockey against a team that loves to attack.”

Concerning Numbers:

Outscored: 22-12 in last six games

One win: in last seven games

Games left: eight games left in the regular season

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