CHICAGO (AP) -- Ron Tugnutt made 20 saves for his second shutout
this season and 23rd of his career, and Mike Modano scored two goals to lead the Dallas Stars over the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 on Sunday.
Scott Young added a goal and an assist for Dallas, which
extended its unbeaten streak to four (2-0-2). The Stars have lost
only once in 12 games (8-1-3) and twice in 25 (17-2-6).
Tugnutt, the Stars' backup goalie, made his fifth straight start
in place of injured regular Marty Turco. He was only lightly tested
by the struggling Blackhawks.
Steve Passmore stopped 17 shots for Chicago, which has lost
three games in a row and six of seven.
The Blackhawks, 3-12-2 in their last 17, slipped below .500
(24-25-10-3) for the first time since Dec 6.
Modano opened the scoring with 5:26 left in the first period.
Passmore stopped Young's shot from 40 feet, but Modano drove to the
net and pounced on the rebound just as it fell to the ice.
Young deflected in Hatcher's shot from the point just 34 seconds
into the second to give Dallas a 2-0 lead. Young, in the right
circle, redirected the puck by Passmore's stick side.
Modano made it 3-0 with a power-play goal with 8:54 left in the
third. Set up by Jere Lehtinen, Modano ripped in a high one-timer
from 35 feet out in the slot.
Tugnutt made one of his few difficult saves with 4:30 left when
he stopped Jason Strudwick's 20-foot shot with the toe of his
Blackhawks coach Brian Sutter shook up his lineup, holding
out RW Theo Fleury and LW Sergei Berezin. Fleury said it was the
first time he was a healthy scratch since his rookie year, 1988-89
with Calgary. ... Chicago D Alexander Karpovtsev missed the game
because of a fractured cheekbone, after being hit with a deflected
puck on Thursday. He'll be re-evaluated in a week. ... Turco missed
his fifth game because of a sprained right ankle, sustained Feb.
11. He is on a week-to-week status.