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A shorthanded goal in the final six minutes of the 3rd period gave Dallas a 3-1 victory over Chicago Wednesday at the United Center to move the Stars into sole possession of 1st place in the Pacific Division.
The loss stretched the Blackhawks winless streak to 7 games (0-5-2).
The Stars' Stu Barnes fired a long shot just inside the blue line that deflected off Nikolai Khabibulin's pads into the upper right corner of the net. It was Barnes 6th of the season and broke the goalie duel between Khabibulin and the Stars' Marty Turco.
|Robert Lang works the puck past Matt Niskanen. Lang scored the Hawks' lone goal Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)|
The Hawks pulled Khabibulin for an extra attacker in the final minute of the game, but Brenden Morrow added an empty net goal at 19:42 for his 16th of the year.
Both teams exchanged power play goals in the opening period with the Hawks striking 1st at 6:09 when Robert Lang tipped Duncan Keith's long shot through Turco's pads for his 15th of the season.
The Stars tied the game at 18:27 when Mike Modano blocked a Hawk clearing attempt and fed a pass to Niklas Hagman, who got the puck to Loui Eriksson just outside the goal crease for his 4th goal.
Dallas outshot Chicago 30-18 and both teams were 1-of-5 on the power play.
Khabibulin had the tougher stops in the 1st period. He kicked out an in-close shot by Morrow, who had a game high 6 shots, and a 30-foot screen shot by Mike Ribeiro.
There was no scoring in the middle period, but Khabibulin kept his team in it by making two point-blank saves on Morrow and a tip by Ribeiro.
The Hawks' Patrick Kane, the league's top rookie scorer, was awarded his first NHL penalty shot at 11:47 when he was pulled down on a breakaway by Sergei Zubov. Kane faked Turco down but his backhand shot went wide of the net.
"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."
In the 3rd period, Hawks rookie Adam Burish, gunning for his 1st NHL goal, was stopped on a partial breakaway. At the halfway mark, Turco made a key save on Patrick Sharp's short backhander.
|Nikolai Khabibulin's 27 saves weren't enough to stop the Blackhawks' winless streak Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)|
Hawks coach Denis Savard said the difference in the game was the little mistakes by his young team in mishandling the puck in their own zone.
"It's frustrating." Chicago coach Savard said. "We've got to make sure we're working and get out of this funk as soon as possible - the next game."
Defenseman Jordan Henry made his NHL debut after being called up from Rockford while 7 Hawks remain on injured reserve.
Brent Seabrook led all skaters with 29 minutes of ice time followed by Keith with 28+.
The Hawks wind up the homestand Friday (7:30 pm) at the United Center against Minnesota.
AP 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.
Head coach Dave Tippett: "That's a big goal. That's probably the turning point of the game right there because Khabibulin was very good in goal for them. We had some good chances second period and we didn't get anything on them. We needed one to go in someway and Stu [Barnes] got us that big one.
"Marty [Turco] was solid in the goal and out of the goal. Made a couple of big saves, but I thought he did a great job outside the net deflecting their forecheck."
Goaltender Marty Turco: "Certainly this team having their woes years previous ... that's certainly not the case anymore. That's such a great young promising franchise and that's the way it should be in this league. We want the Blackhawks to be good and they've finally got great fans. It's always been a fun place to come to but with this team, the way they're going in the right direction, and the fans coming to watch it really makes it that much more enjoyable for us."
Center Stu Barnes: "We had some good chances. We had good chances as far as turning the puck over, but I think at that point we were just trying to stay on the right side of the puck and not give them any advantages."