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Chicago Blackhawks Outlast Dallas Stars in Shootout

CHICAGO - FEBRUARY 10: Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates a first-period goal against the Dallas Stars at the United Center on February 9, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Jake KarmelCorrespondent IIFebruary 10, 2010

Tuesday night was just another night at the "office" for the boys from Madison Street.

The Hawks got their second-straight win after a season-high of losing three games in a row. Patrick Kane led the Hawks to victory with an early pair of goals in the first period. Backup net-minder, Anti Niemi, got the call for a second-straight night, and he responded.

Niemi stopped two shots on goal on the powerplay in overtime to preserve the tie. Niemi finished the night with 24 saves and is now 15-4-1 on the season.

"In overtime, it's easier to play because you've already gained one point," Niemi told ESPNChicago.com.

Chicago took a brief lead in the final period with a goal from Troy Brouwer after Hossa shot the puck of the boards behind the net.

Dallas' Eriksson tied the game with 3:50 to go in regulation following a Chicago turnover.

The game went to a shootout following overtime.

Kris Versteeg had one strategy going into overtime: to not have a strategy at all.

"It was just going in and shooting and hoping it went in," Versteeg said after he beat Stars goalie, Marty Turco.

"Turco, he's a heck of a goaltender," Versteeg said. "You don't want to do too much in the shootout. Go down and keep it simple."

The Hawks have a break until Saturday which is when the Atlanta Thrashers will come to the United Center and try to give the heating-up Hawks a run for their money.

The final game before the Olympic Break will be Sunday when the Hawks travel to Columbus.

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