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Dallas at Chicago

Barnes' go-ahead goal seals Stars' win over depleted Blackhawks

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CHICAGO -- The Dallas Stars got a lucky bounce against the Chicago Blackhawks, and might be getting back on track.

Stu Barnes scored a go-ahead, short-handed goal with 6:04 left in the third period, and the Stars won 3-1 on Wednesday night.

Barnes' shot from just inside the right point deflected in off Nikolai Khabibulin's outstretched right pad. Dallas won its second straight after ending a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 home win over Minnesota on Monday.

Even Barnes, who logged just over 10 minutes of ice time, wasn't exactly sure how his winner got past Khabibulin, the Blackhawks' most highly paid player.

"I got a bounce and it went in," Barnes said. "But we had some good chances. It wasn't a pretty shot, but it was a good end."

Stars coach Dave Tippett agreed.

"He (Barnes) doesn't play a lot of minutes, but he plays very valuable, meaningful minutes," Tippett said. "Khabibulin was very good for them. We needed one to go in some way and Stu got us that."

Dallas' Loui Eriksson scored a power-play goal in the first period, and Brenden Morrow added an empty-net goal with 17.5 seconds left. Mike Modano was credited with assists on all three goals.

"We had a couple of soft ones on Khabibulin," Modano said. "Those might be the easiest three assists I've ever scored in my life, but you work for your chances and opportunities and it might be the odd bounce that goes your way. Defense has always been the backbone of this team."

And Tippett was pleased with his team's buckled-down effort.

"Working hard, kind of grinding through games as been successful recipe all year," he said. "We've got to continue that way."

Among Khabibulin's 27 saves were several on prime chances. Meanwhile, Dallas' Marty Turco made 17 stops, including several in close.

"Marty played great for us," Barnes said. "No surprise there."

Robert Lang had the lone goal on a power play for injury-depleted Chicago, which is 0-5-2 in its last seven games.

"It's frustrating." Chicago coach Denis Savard said. "We've got to make sure we're working and get out of this funk as soon as possible -- the next game."

The struggling Blackhawks played without seven regulars: defensemen Brent Sopel (broken finger) and James Wisniewski (knee); and forwards Jonathan Toews (knee), Jason Williams (groin), Kevyn Adams (knee), Dave Bolland (broken finger) and Ben Eager (concussion).

Lang's power-play goal 6:09 in opened the scoring when he tipped Duncan Keith's low shot from the right point between Turco's pads.

Eriksson's power-play goal with 1:33 left in the first period tied it at 1 and snapped an 0-for-24 Dallas drought with the advantage, spanning the Stars' six previous games. Following a failed Chicago clearing attempt, Niklas Hagman fed Eriksson, who cut to the net from right wing. His shot from a sharp angle deflected in off Khabibulin's skate.

Patrick Kane, the NHL's leading scorer among rookies, was awarded a penalty shot with 8:13 left in the second period after he stole the puck from Sergei Zubov at the Chicago blue line, then raced in on Turco while Zubov hooked him from behind.

On the penalty shot, Kane deked Turco to the ice, but fired a backhand shot high and wide on the right side.

"I had the whole net to shoot at and I shot it wide," Kane said. "It's not a fun feeling when you miss those. It's a turning point in the game. It could be 2-1 for us. Instead it's 1-1 and they've got the momentum."

Khabibulin made several tough saves in the second, include a point-blank stop on Morrow during a power play by Dallas with 1:24 left in the period.

Turco made a close-in pad save on Chicago's Adam Burish 4:10 into the third. He then came up with a sprawling stick paddle save on Patrick Sharp's turnaround shot at 9:43.

Notes

  • Blackhawks D Jordan Hendry played in his first NHL game after being recalled from Rockford of the AHL earlier in the day. D Danny Richmond was assigned to Rockford.
  • Dallas LW Jussi Jokinen missed his sixth game with a knee sprain and is out day-to-day. Also out for Dallas were RW Jere Lehtinen, who sat out his 25th game with an abdominal injury, and D Philippe Boucher, who missed his 17th due to shoulder surgery. Both Lehtinen and Boucher are out indefinitely.
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Nikolai Khabibulin makes 27 stops against the Stars, but it's not enough to save the Blackhawks.  (AP)
Nikolai Khabibulin makes 27 stops against the Stars, but it's not enough to save the Blackhawks. (AP)

Scoreboard
Dallas  (25-16-4) «1023
Chicago (19-20-4)1001
Three Stars
M. Modano
DAL


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3
D. Keith
CHI


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
M. Turco
DAL


Saves: 17
Save Pct.: .944
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
06:09Power Play - Robert Lang (15), Wrist Shot. Assist: Duncan Keith, Martin Havlat
18:27Power Play - Loui Eriksson (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Niklas Hagman, Mike Modano
2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
13:56Short - Stu Barnes (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Mike Modano, Sergei Zubov
19:42Brenden Morrow (16), Empty Net. Assist: Mike Modano
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
04:46Modano, 2 min, Hooking
11:29Sharp, 2 min, Interference
14:17Grossman, 2 min, Interference
17:23Zyuzin, 2 min, Holding
19:12Winchester, 2 min, High-Sticking
2ND PERIOD
57.0Halpern, 2 min, Hooking
13:56Zyuzin, 2 min, Holding
17:19Havlat, 2 min, Slashing
3RD PERIOD
02:13Hendry, 2 min, Hooking
12:01Morrow, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
 123T
Dallas813930
Chicago65718
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Marty Turco60:00171
Nikolai Khabibulin59:14272
Game Information
Attendance - 15469
Referees - Dean Warren, Dan O'Rourke
Linesmen - Don Henderson, Brian Mach
 
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