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Third-period burst buoys Blackhawks

Bulls maul Magic, have shot at No. 5 seed

The Dallas Stars' Alex Goligoski (33) and Philip Larsen (36) pull the Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw away from their goalie during third-period action as the Blackhawks defeated the Stars 5-2 Monday in Chicago.
The Dallas Stars' Alex Goligoski (33) and Philip Larsen (36) pull the Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw away from their goalie during third-period action as the Blackhawks defeated the Stars 5-2 Monday in Chicago.

By The Associated Press

Chicago’s Andrew Shaw, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Marian Hossa scored in the third period after Dallas rallied to tie it, and the Blackhawks went on to beat the Stars 5-2 on Monday night in Chicago for their sixth straight win.

Jonathan Toews netted his team-leading 21st goal, and Viktor Stalberg also scored for NHL-leading Chicago, which has points in nine consecutive games (8-0-1). Ray Emery made 16 saves and improved to 16-1.

Jamie Benn scored both goals for the Stars, whose five-game winning streak ended. They got even after falling behind 2-0. Richard Bachman made 23 saves in his third straight start in place of No. 1 goalie Kari Lehtonen, who is out because of a lower body injury.

Bachman has been in goal since relieving Lehtonen in the first period of the Stars’ 5-1 win over Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Bulls 102, Magic 84: Carlos Boozer scored 22 points, Luol Deng added 18 and Chicago snapped a two-game losing streak with the victory in Orlando, Fla.

The win, which was the Bulls’ fifth straight over the Magic, also keeps alive their hopes of catching of Atlanta for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.

They conclude their regular-season schedule at home Wednesday against Washington. Chicago needs to win that game and for Atlanta to split or lose their final two.

Tobias Harris led Orlando with 20 points, and Maurice Harkless added 16.

The Magic finish just 12-29 at home, their fewest victories in Orlando since they were 11-30 during the 2003-04. Orlando wraps up its schedule Wednesday in Miami.

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