DALLAS (AP) -- Bill Guerin and Marty Turco made sure the Dallas Stars' losing
steak wouldn't last any longer.
Guerin scored with 5:41 to play Friday night and Turco made 16 saves for his
14th career shutout to help the Stars snap a five-game skid with a 1-0 victory
over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Guerin skated hard to the net and redirected Mike Modano's pass from the
right corner for his 16th goal. It was the difference in what had been a
goaltenders' duel between Turco and Steve Passmore.
Dallas' losing streak was its longest in eight years.
"Both teams were desperate," said Guerin, who has 13 goals at home this
season. "It was one of those games where you need nothing but a win. We have
to continue to play with that mentality the rest of the year."
The Blackhawks pulled Passmore for an extra attacker with 1:02 left, then
had a six-on-four advantage after being given a power play with 38 seconds
remaining. But Chicago, which beat Detroit on Thursday night to end a 15-game
winless streak, was unable to put pressure on Turco.
"They played last night so we knew they were going to play tight and rely
on their goaltender," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "Our goaltender had to
The Stars returned home after going 0-4 during a West Coast road trip.
During the losing streak, they scored only three goals. Dallas is 9-4-2 at
home, 3-11-1 on the road.
"They played us tight and hard," Guerin said. "When you're having trouble
scoring goals, you have to stay aggressive, stay positive and battle through
The losing streak was the Stars' longest since the 1995-96 season.
Chicago, which got 25 saves from Passmore, has won once in 16 games
"They got one chance and that seems to be our story lately," Blackhawks
defenseman Steve Poapst said. "We made one mistake more than they did. They
came out hungry and we didn't match it or generate enough chances to counter
their attack. This is a group that has to work hard every night to win."
Passmore, recalled from the minors on Dec. 9, made his first appearance of
"You're never 100 percent satisfied with a loss but it felt good to be back
in the league," Passmore said. "I hope it's not my last game."
Dallas held a 9-3 shots edge in a scoreless first period. The Blackhawks had
a 7-6 shots advantage in the second period of the game that remained scoreless.
The Stars have failed to score in the first two periods of each of their
last five games.
"You need hard goals to win," Tippett said. "It's nice to get a couple of
layups, but right now we have to earn our way into a groove."