Even without their star captain, the Chicago Blackhawks continue to find ways to win.
The Blackhawks will be without Jonathan Toews for a second straight contest as they try to match a season high with a fifth consecutive victory Thursday night against the Dallas Stars at the United Center.
With Toews scratched because of an upper-body injury, Chicago (33-21-7) beat rival and NHL-leader Detroit 2-1 at home Tuesday for its fourth straight victory following a nine-game losing streak. Rookie Jimmy Hayes scored his fifth goal, Marcus Kruger added the winner early in the third period and Corey Crawford made 31 saves.
"In 82 games, you're going to play without some players on any given night,'' forward Patrick Sharp said. "Losing (Toews) was big, but we rallied around each other.''
The team leader with 29 goals, Toews could be ready to play on a trip west to Los Angeles and Anaheim that starts Saturday.
"Tazer is progressing, he's day to day" coach Joel Quenneville told the Blackhawk...