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GAME: Dallas Stars (12-15-3-0) at Chicago Blackhawks (7-15-5-3).

TIME: Sunday, 7 p.m. EST.

A home-and-home series against the Chicago Blackhawks couldn't have come at a better time for the Dallas Stars.

Dallas will look to make it two straight wins against the struggling Blackhawks when the teams meet at the United Center.

Marty Turco stopped 16 shots for his 14th career shutout and Bill Guerin scored with 5:41 to play, as Dallas ended its first five-game losing streak in eight years with a 1-0 victory at the American Airlines Center on Friday.

The Stars returned home after going 0-4 during a West Coast trip. They scored just three goals during the five-game skid, which dropped them into last place in the Pacific Division.

"We've got to be prepared for the same thing on Sunday," Turco said. "We've got to be a desperate team the rest of the season. We're on the outside looking in. We've put ourselves in a huge hole."

Friday's victory was not a surprise because the Stars have played well at home this season, going 9-4-2 there. Dallas' problems have been on the road, where it is 3-11-1.

"We played hard tonight, Guerin got a late goal, and we had good defense and goaltending," Stars center Stu Barnes said. "We can smile tonight but we've got another one coming up. We've got to build on this and keep working at it."

Also contributing to Friday's win was Stars center Jason Arnott, who returned after missing four games with a groin injury. Arnott played nearly 16 minutes and assisted on Guerin's goal.

The Stars have dominated the Blackhawks in recent years, winning the last six meetings and losing just five of the last 27 (17-4-5-1) since the start of the 1997-98 season.

Chicago fell back into its losing ways one night after ending a 14-game winless streak with a 4-3 victory in overtime against Detroit on Thursday.

The Blackhawks, who got 25 saves from Steve Passmore in his season debut on Friday, are 1-10-2-3 since a season-best three-game win streak from Nov. 1-7.

"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."

One of several problems facing the Blackhawks is an offense that ranks among the league's worst. They were shut out for the fourth time this season on Friday and failed to score a power-play goal for the seventh time in nine games.

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