Leighton made 31 saves and Dallas' Marty Turco stopped 29 shots
in the 1-1 tie Sunday night.
"I want to eliminate the soft goals and make them work for
their goals," Leighton said. "If I do come up with a good save,
it's a bonus."
Steve Sullivan opened the scoring for the Blackhawks in the
first period, and Dallas' Sergei Zubov tied it in the second with a
"Leights was outstanding," Chicago coach Brian Sutter said.
He also got some big breaks.
Dallas' Bill Guerin missed on a short-handed two-on-one break
with Mike Modano five minutes into the third. Guerin fired Modano's
pass just wide of the post and off the net.
Jason Arnott nearly gave Dallas a 2-1 lead in third on a
breakaway after leaving the penalty box.
Arnott lofted a point-blank backhand shot that beat Leighton,
but bounced down off the crossbar, along the goal line, off the
right post and into the slot. The loose puck was cleared by Chicago
defenseman Stephane Robidas.
"I knew it hit the crossbar," Arnott said. "I didn't know if
it his the crossed the line when it came down. Unfortunate bounce,
it didn't cross the line."
With 5:10 left, Leighton made a point-blank save on Guerin
during a Dallas power play. Guerin's stick broke on the play.
The Blackhawks, 1-10-3-3 in their last 17 games, have 12 goals
in their last seven contests.
The Stars are 1-5-1 in their last seven, scoring just five goals
during that span. Dallas has not scored more than one goal in any
of those contests.
"We need scoring," Stars coach Dave Tippett. "We can say,
"Oh let's just hang in there, it will come.' But you know what?
Confidence is earned. Someone's got to take responsibility and bury
one of those chances."
Sullivan opened the scoring midway through the first period,
completing a partial breakaway.
After taking Brett McLean's feed at the blue line, Sullivan
streaked down the slot. While making a move, he appeared to lose
control of the puck, but it slid under Turco's pad.
Zubov's tied midway through the second period with a
short-handed goal that capped a three-on-one1 break.
Zubov, Brenden Morrow and Rob DiMaio's broke down the ice with
only Sullivan back. Morrow, DiMaio and Zubov finished a passing
play that culiminated with Zubov scoring from the left circle.
^Notes:@ The Blackhawks entered the game as the NHL's lowest-scoring
team, averaging 1.90 goals. ... The Stars entered with the league's
fourth-weakest attack, at 2.03 goals per contest. ... Blackhawks D
Bryan Berard missed his second straight game because of a groin
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Arena: United Center Location: Chicago, Illinois
Referees: Stephane Auger, Terry Gregson Linesmen: Brad Lazarowich
Attendance: 11,313 (57.4% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Steve Sullivan (5)
Assists: Brett McLean, Michael Leighton
Sergei Zubov (3)
(Shorthanded) Assists: Rob DiMaio, Brenden Morrow