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Dallas Stars vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Dallas Stars vs. Chicago Blackhawks
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GAME: Dallas Stars (35-23-12-0) at Chicago Blackhawks (19-36-9-6).

TIME: Sunday, 3 p.m. EST.

The Dallas Stars are looking to end a disappointing road trip on a positive note as they visit the United Center to take on the Chicago Blackhawks.

Dallas is winless in the first three games of the swing (0-2-1), including Saturday's 3-0 loss at Detroit. The Stars' offense has been anemic during the trip, scoring just two goals and going 0-for-19 with the man advantage.

"It's unacceptable," Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. "It's not what you do; it's what you don't do. And we're not doing enough to win games. You've got to pay the price to score (all the way) through your lineup."

All-Star netminder Marty Turco has allowed eight goals in the three road games. Backup goalie Ron Tugnutt figures to get the start against Chicago, as Sunday's contest is the second of back-to-back afternoon games.

Tugnutt has struggled in his career against the Blackhawks, posting a 6-10-0 with a 3.21 goals-against-average in 16 career games.

Chicago's Tuomo Ruutu hopes to continue his team's success against Tugnutt, as the rookie center is in the midst of an impressive scoring run.

Ruutu scored twice, his 16th and 17th on the year, in Chicago's 4-3 win over Washington on Friday, helping the Blackhawks snap a seven-game winless skid (0-4-2-1).

"I feel like I can do much more than I could earlier in the year," said Ruutu, who scored just four goals in his first 39 games this season. "I'm more inside of the game right now. It must come to you. If you think about it too much, it never comes to you."

Ruutu has nine goals and 11 assists in his last 14 games.

STANDINGS: Stars - 82 points, 2nd place, 5 PB, Pacific Division. Blackhawks - 53 points, 4th place, 39 PB, Central Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Stars - Bill Guerin, 30 goals and 57 points; Sergei Zubov, 33 assists; Steve Ott, 146 PIM. Blackhawks - Kyle Calder, 21 goals; Tyler Arnason, 29 assists and 46 points; Scott Nichol and Travis Moen, 118 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through March 11): Stars - Power play: 16.4 percent (47 for 286), 13th in NHL. Penalty killing: 85.1 percent (222 for 261), 6th.

GOALTENDERS: Stars - Turco (32-20-12, 7 SO, 2.03 GAA); Tugnutt (2-3-0, 0, 2.42). Blackhawks - Michael Leighton (5-17-6, 2, 3.07); Adam Munro (1-1-1, 0, 2.93).

SEASON SERIES: Stars, 1-0-1.

LAST MEETING: Dec. 14; Tie, 1-1, OT. At Chicago, Leighton made 31 saves for Chicago and Turco stopped 29 shots for the Stars.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Stars - 12-17-5-0 on the road; Blackhawks - 12-12-5-5 at home.


Associated Press
2003-2004 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 04 '04CHI 2 at DAL 5B. Guerin
Mar 14 '04DAL 4 at CHI 0B. Guerin
Dec 14 '03DAL 1 at CHI 1 - OTS. Zubov
Dec 12 '03CHI 0 at DAL 1B. Guerin
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