After having already scored in the second period, Steve Ott broke a 4-4 tie with a power-play goal at 4:07 of the third as the Dallas Stars skated away with an impressive 5-4 win against the Blackhawks at the American Airlines Center on Tuesday night.
Mike Modano scored his 549th career goal in his 1,600th NHL game, tying him for 25th all-time with Ron Francis. Loui Eriksson and Mike Ribeiro also scored for the Stars, who are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games on home ice.
''They played with their bodies on the line,'' Dallas coach Marc Crawford said. ''It was their determination and desire to win. It was a great job by a lot of players. There weren't any passengers tonight.''
Patrick Kane scored twice for Chicago, which has dropped its first two meetings with Dallas this season. Troy Brouwer and Colin Fraser also scored for the Blackhawks, while Cristobal Huet allowed four goals on 10 shots before being pulled by coach Joel Quenneville.
Ott's go-ahead goal in the third came on a breakaway, as he split two defenders and ripped a wrist shot past Antti Niemi, who stopped 13 of 14 shots in relief of Huet.
''I've missed a lot of breakaways this year, so I was thinking shoot right away and it definitely found a lane,'' Ott said.
The Blackhawks nearly tied it at 5 with 5:07 left, but Marty Turco made two stops on point-blank attempts by Chicago captain Jonathan Toews. Turco stopped all 11 shots he faced in the final 20 minutes.
''We had plenty of chances,'' Toews said. ''We were sharp, we just weren't as diligent defensively as we normally are.''
Chicago, which had won seven of eight, took a 3-2 lead into the first intermission as Kane and Fraser erased a 2-1 deficit late in the first in a span of 59 seconds. It was Fraser's first goal of the season as he converted Kris Versteeg's nifty centering feed. The Blackhawks outshot the Stars 21-8 in the first period.
''They had most of those shots on the power play,'' Ott said. ''We're going to kill ourselves if we don't stay out of that box. From then on, every guy played hard, but stayed within the rules.''
But Eriksson tied the game just 57 seconds into the second period, as his shot somehow found its way through Huet's pads to make it 3-3. Ott then gave Dallas the lead 35 seconds later when his shot went off the skate of a Blackhawks defenseman and past Huet for his sixth goal of the season.
''You laugh about it, but at the end of the day, they all count,'' Ott said.
The shaky pair of goals prompted Quenneville to replace Huet with Niemi.
''I had to do something,'' Quenneville said. ''They were going in too easy. It was an easy call.''
Material from wire services was used in this report.