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Stars-Blackhawks Preview

Saturday, 10.13.2007 / 7:30 PM

Associated Press

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Stars-Blackhawks Preview
Dallas Stars vs. Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks have proven they can defeat their arch-rivals. Now they just need to find a way to replicate that success against the rest of the league.

The Blackhawks look to carry some momentum from an impressive comeback into their home game against the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

Chicago (2-2-0) rallied from a two-goal first-period deficit to defeat Detroit 3-2 on Friday - its second win over the Red Wings in the last week.

The Blackhawks scored twice within a span of 1:01 late in the second period to tie the game before Robert Lang, who signed with Chicago as a free agent during the summer, netted the eventual game-winner 9:19 into the third to help beat his former team.

In last Saturday's 4-3 shootout win over Detroit, Lang tied the game with 3:40 remaining in the final period.

The Blackhawks converted a league-worst 11.8 percent of their power plays last season, and had been 0-for-10 with the man advantage in their first three games, but recovered to go 2-for-8 on Friday.

"The power play's coming. We're shooting a lot," Chicago coach Denis Savard said. "We had a lot of chances and came through."

Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, who has been in net for all four games, made 34 saves on Friday and has posted a 1.98 goals-against average on the season.

Khabibulin is 12-13-1 with two ties and a 2.78 GAA lifetime against Dallas.

The Blackhawks won both of their games over the Stars at the United Center last season, including a 2-1 victory on Nov. 29 that snapped a 15-game winless streak in the series.

The Stars (2-2-1) fell 3-2 in overtime to Calgary on Friday. Dallas captain Brenden Morrow turned over the puck deep in his own zone, leading to the game-winning goal.

"There's nobody to blame but myself," Morrow said. "Our team counts on me to make good plays in situations like that and it was a bad play by me."

Stars left wing Niklas Hagman, who had 17 goals all of last season, scored his fifth goal in as many games this season on Friday.

Mike Modano scored his first goal of the season against the Flames, giving him 1,228 career points - four shy of Phil Housley's record for U.S.-born players. Modano's 508 goals are already the most for any U.S.-born player.

The six-time All-Star had two goals and two assists in three games against the Blackhawks last season, and has seven goals and 12 assists in his last 16 against them. The Stars won 14 of those contests.

Marty Turco made 23 saves Friday, and with backup goalie Mike Smith nursing a bruised arm, Turco is expected to be in net again Saturday.

Turco is 12-2-0 with one tie and a 1.55 GAA and three shutouts lifetime against Chicago.

2007-2008 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 28 '08CHI 4 at DAL 7T. Daley
Jan 09 '08DAL 3 at CHI 1S. Barnes
Oct 31 '07CHI 5 at DAL 4J. Williams
Oct 13 '07DAL 1 at CHI 2 - OTJ. Williams
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