Denis Savard's tenure as the Chicago Blackhawks' head coach is off to a good start.
The Blackhawks will try to win their second straight under their new coach when they host the St. Louis Blues at the United Center on Friday.
Savard, the former Blackhawks star and Hall of Famer who had been an assistant with the club since December 1997, was named coach when Trent Yawney was fired Monday after going 33-55-15 in a little more than a season guiding the team.
Two nights later, Chicago (8-12-2) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars in Savard's head coaching debut.
"I told our guys after the game it's not about me," Savard said. "I know they're happy for me, but they beat a great team.
"The guys played their guts out. You've got to give them credit. It's not just the fact we won. We like the win for sure, but we stuck with them the whole game."
Tuomo Ruutu tallied his fourth goal in five games when he scored on a breakaway with 1:48 left in regulation to give Chicago its first victory over Dallas since Jan. 20, 2002.
Chicago tied the game midway through the third period when Tony Salmelainen scored his first NHL goal off a deflection.
The Blackhawks have just five goals in their last four games, and special teams also continues to be an issue. Chicago hasn't scored a power-play goal in its last five games, going 0-for-16 in that span. They rank near the bottom of the league with 14 power-play goals scored.
The Blackhawks could be without defenseman Adrian Aucoin for a third straight game because of a pulled groin.
After missing 11 games over three seasons with the New York Islanders from 2001-04 during which he had 33 goals and 80 assists, Aucoin has played in just 53 games with the Blackhawks since the start of last season, scoring just two goals and 10 assists.
The Blues (7-14-3) have not won in regulation since beating Edmonton 5-3 on Nov. 12 and have just two shootout wins in their last eight games.
St. Louis also will look to snap a three-game slide after losing 5-4 at home to Nashville on Thursday.
The Blues scored as many goals in that contest as they did in their previous three games, but still remain near the bottom of the NHL with 58 goals this season.
Bill Guerin scored his second goal of the game and team-high 10th of the season with 1:13 left in the third period to get St. Louis within a goal. Guerin also scored on a 5-on-3 advantage in the second period.
It was the Blues' second goal in its last 39 chances with the man-advantage and 13th this season - only Detroit (12) has fewer.
Despite the loss, St. Louis recorded a season-high 47 shots. Keith Tkachuk scored 58 seconds into the game for his seventh goal, snapping a four-game drought without a point.
"It was definitely a step in the right direction," Guerin said. "But it's frustrating that we didn't get two points."
St. Louis has scored nine goals in three games this season against Chicago.
Chicago is looking for its second straight win over St. Louis after dropping the first two meetings.
The Blackhawks, who have scored three goals in each game against the Blues this season, got two power-play goals from Radim Vrbata - Chicago's leading scorer with 17 points - in a 3-1 win in the last meeting on Nov. 10 at the United Center.