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GAME: Dallas Stars (39-18-3) at Chicago Blackhawks (19-31-9).

TIME: Sunday, 7 p.m. EST.

The Dallas Stars look to increase their unbeaten streak over the Chicago Blackhawks to 13 games when the teams meet at the United Center.

Dallas has 10 wins and two ties in the last 12 meetings in the series while outscoring the Blackhawks 49-17. The Stars have four wins and two ties in their last six visits to Chicago.

Chicago hasn't beaten Dallas since a 3-2 decision on Jan. 20, 2002.

The Stars, in a stretch of playing eight of nine games on the road, snapped a three-game slide with a 5-3 home win over Colorado on Saturday.

Mike Modano had two goals and an assist, and Jussi Jokinen added a goal and two assists as the Stars scored three power-play goals.

Dallas entered just 1-for-17 in its last three games with the man advantage.

"It comes and goes," said Modano. "It's been a roller-coaster situation with us. But if we continue to do the things we do, the puck will find its way through."

Goaltender Marty Turco made it 30 wins for the third straight season with a 14-save performance against the Avalanche.

He has nine wins - including three shutouts - and a tie with a 1.14 goals-against average in his career against Chicago.

The Blackhawks have earned points in consecutive games for the first time since a 2-0-2 run in mid-January. Since then, they have gone 3-6-3.

In its first game following the Olympic break, Chicago beat Nashville 3-0 on Wednesday before losing 5-4 in a shootout against Vancouver on Friday.

Rookie Rene Bourque scored twice versus the Canucks, and Matthew Barnaby added a goal midway through the first period to give the Blackhawks a 3-0 lead.

Chicago led 4-2 entering the third before goalie Craig Anderson allowed a pair of goals in just over four minutes apart, including Brendan Morrison's tally with 6:56 left to knot the score at 4-4.

Vancouver's Markus Naslund scored the lone goal in the shootout.

"We had a good first period and let down in the second," Bourque said. "We kind of came back in the third, but we just took too many penalties and we let them back in the game."

Bourque, tied for third on the team with 13 goals, has seven tallies and two assists in his last 11 games.

STANDINGS: Stars - 81 points, 1st place, Pacific Division. Blackhawks - 47 points, 4th place, 40 PB, Central Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Stars - Jere Lehtinen, 27 goals; Sergei Zubov, 42 assists; Jason Arnott and Modano, 57 points; Brenden Morrow, 141 PIM. Blackhawks - Mark Bell, 19 goals; Kyle Calder and Tyler Arnason, 27 assists; Calder, 41 points; Barnaby, 155 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Stars - Power play: 16.1 percent (61 for 378), 22nd in NHL. Penalty killing: 83 percent (312 for 376), 13th. Blackhawks - Power play: 12.7 percent (40 for 314), 30th. Penalty killing: 84.0 percent (358 for 426), 10th.

GOALTENDERS: Stars - Turco (30-15-3, 3 SO, 2.65 GAA); Johan Hedberg (9-3-0, 2.75). Blackhawks - Anderson (4-9-3, 1, 3.48); Adam Munro (3-4-2, 1, 2.77).

SEASON SERIES: Stars, 2-0.

LAST MEETING: Dec. 18; Stars, 5-3. At Chicago, Lehtinen and Modano each had a goal and an assist to help Dallas extend its unbeaten streak against the Blackhawks to 12 games.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Stars - 18-8-2 on the road; Blackhawks - 11-13-4 at home.

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