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."
"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.
|Nikolai Khabibulin makes 27 stops against the Stars, but it's not enough to save the Blackhawks. (AP)|
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Save Pct.: .944
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|06:09||Power Play - Robert Lang (15), Wrist Shot. Assist: Duncan Keith, Martin Havlat|
|18:27||Power Play - Loui Eriksson (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Niklas Hagman, Mike Modano|
|13:56||Short - Stu Barnes (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Mike Modano, Sergei Zubov|
|19:42||Brenden Morrow (16), Empty Net. Assist: Mike Modano|
|04:46||Modano, 2 min, Hooking|
|11:29||Sharp, 2 min, Interference|
|14:17||Grossman, 2 min, Interference|
|17:23||Zyuzin, 2 min, Holding|
|19:12||Winchester, 2 min, High-Sticking|
|57.0||Halpern, 2 min, Hooking|
|13:56||Zyuzin, 2 min, Holding|
|17:19||Havlat, 2 min, Slashing|
|02:13||Hendry, 2 min, Hooking|
|12:01||Morrow, 2 min, Hooking|
|Shots On Goal|
|Attendance - 15469|
|Referees - Dean Warren, Dan O'Rourke|
|Linesmen - Don Henderson, Brian Mach|