CHICAGO (Ticker) -- After ending a notable slide, the Dallas
Stars face the Chicago Blackhawks in the second game of a
home-and-home series Sunday night at the United Center.
The Stars snapped a five-game losing streak with Friday's 1-0
home win. It was their longest skid since the 1995-96 season,
which was their last losing campaign.
"Both teams were desperate," said Dallas winger Bill Guerin, who
leads the team with 16 goals. "It was one of those games
where you need nothing but a win. We have to continue to play
with that mentality the rest of the year."
Guerin scored the late goal and the Hawks got 16 saves from
Marty Turco, who is 6-0-0 lifetime against the Blackhawks.
Dallas is 17-4-5-1 in its last 27 meetings with Chicago and has
not allowed a goal at the United Center in over 154 minutes.
Chicago snapped a 14-game winless streak on Thursday but managed
just 10 shots in the first 40 minutes on Friday. The Blackhawks
are 1-9-2-3 since starting goaltender Jocelyn Thibault went
down with a hip injury.
Steve Passmore, Thibault's backup for each of the previous two
seasons, made his season debut and stopped 25 shots. Chicago's
other goalies, Craig Anderson and Michael Leighton, are a
combined 2-14-3-1 this season.
Chicago will be looking to notch consecutive home victories for
the first time since January 12-15 when it beat Nashville and
Dallas is 10-7-4 in Chicago since the Blackhawks moved from
Chicago Stadium following the 1993-94 season. The Stars are
4-1-1 in their last six visits here.