Chicago Blackhawks 3 – Dallas Stars 2
Highlights: Patrick Kane scored his team-leading 33rd goal in regulation and connected again in the shootout as the Blackhawks beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Thursday night to open an eight-point lead for first place in the Central Division. Artemi Panarin also scored in the shootout as Chicago rode a 42-save effort by Corey Crawford through overtime to improve to 6-0-1 in its last seven. It was also the Blackhawks’ 18th win in their last 22 games. Marian Hossa scored his 24th goal of the season midway through the third period. Dallas’ Kari Lehtonen made 24 saves through overtime.
Fortune Mag Dubs Theo Epstein Greatest Leader – Theo Epstein is the world’s greatest leader. So said Fortune magazine, which published its annual list on Thursday morning. The Chicago Cubs’ president of baseball operations finished in the top spot, ahead of Alibaba founder Jack Ma. Pope Francis at No. 3, Melinda Gates at No. 4 and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos rounded out the top five. Epstein, who helped end the Boston Red Sox’s 86-year World Series title drought in 2004, saw his Cubs end their 108-year drought this past season.