Series (Game 4 of 4)

Dallas leads 3-0

Game 1: Friday, December 12th
Game 2: Sunday, December 14th
Game 3: Sunday, March 14th
Game 4: Sunday, April 4th

Blackhawks 2

(20-43-8, 59 pts)

Stars 5

(41-26-2, 97 pts)

3:00 PM ET, April 4, 2004

American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

1 2 3 T
CHI 0 1 12
DAL 2 2 15

B. Guerin (Stars - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

S. Corson (Stars - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

J. Lehtinen (Stars - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Chicago (20-42-11-8) at Dallas (40-26-13-2) 3:00 pm EST

DALLAS (Ticker) -- Trying to nail down the fifth seed in the Western Conference, the Dallas Stars are expected to get starting goaltender Marty Turco back Sunday afternoon as they host the lowly Chicago Blackhawks.

The Stars are just one point ahead of sixth-place Calgary. They are getting Turco back from a four-game suspension for high-sticking Edmonton's Ryan Smyth.

With Turco suspended, backup Ron Tugnutt allowed 12 goals as Dallas dropped four in a row to ensure it will not have home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Turco owns a 36-21-13 record with a 1.98 goals-against average in 72 games. He is facing one of his favorite opponents in the Blackhawks.

Turco is 6-0-1 with an 0.80 GAA and three shutouts in eight career games vs. Chicago. He faced the Blackhawks in a home-and-home series in December and allowed one goal while stopping 45 shots.

Chicago heads into this matchup on an eight-game winless skid (0-4-2-2).

The Blackhawks have just 59 points, which is the fewest in the West and are coming off Saturday's 2-1 overtime loss at Phoenix, where rookie Tuomo Ruutu scored his team-best 23rd goal.

Dallas is 7-0-2 in its last nine meetings with the Blackhawks.