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Shootout goes eight rounds before Stars nip 'Hawks

DALLAS (AP) -- After one-sided victories over the Chicago
Blackhawks in their first three meetings this season, the Dallas
Stars didn't figure to get much of a fight.

This time the Blackhawks made the Stars sweat.

Brenden Morrow scored in the eighth round of a shootout to give
the Stars their 11th victory without a loss in the NHL's new
tiebreaker, a 3-2 decision over the Blackhawks on Friday night.

Chicago's Matthew Barnaby and Dallas' Sergei Zubov converted in
the first round, but goalies Nikolai Khabibulin of the Blackhawks
and Johan Hedberg of the Stars were perfect in the next six rounds.

Hedberg denied Kyle Calder leading off the eighth round before
Morrow's shot went in off Khabibulin's arm.

Stars coach Dave Tippett was running out of forwards when he
turned to Morrow, who gets most of his goals from in front of the
net.

"It was fun for the fans but not for the coach," Tippett said
after his team's longest shootout by four rounds. "We were almost
done with the forwards and down to the defensemen, so it's good
that Morrow scored."

Morrow said he simply wanted to get the puck on net.

"I did a low blocker shot," Morrow said. "It bounced around
his armpit a little bit. I just didn't want to make it too
complicated."

Dallas won the first three meetings with Chicago by a combined
21-6, but the Blackhawks gave a much better effort in the finale of
the season series.

"It seems every time we've played a big team we've wasted a
challenge," Chicago's Martin Lapointe said. "Tonight we played a
good team and raised our level of play. Our goal tonight was to
keep it simple. Our guys didn't quit."

Tippett wasn't surprised that the Blackhawks were able to extend
the Stars.

"We have had some games that have been lopsided against them so
human nature tells you that it's in the back of your mind,"
Tippett said.

Zubov and Philippe Boucher had power-play goals to help the
Stars win for the ninth time in their last 11 games. Calder and
Mark Bell scored for the Blackhawks, who've lost four straight and
seven of eight.

With the score tied at 1, Boucher's shot from a sharp angle hit
off the stick of Chicago defenseman Jim Vandermeer and past
Khabibulin at 6:40 of the third period for Boucher's 15th goal of
the season.

Seconds earlier, Hedberg skated far out of his net and made a
sliding poke-check to knock the puck away on a breakaway by Bell.

But Chicago tied it at 2 with less than a second remaining in
regulation when Bell notched his 22nd off a goal-mouth feed from
Calder.

Stars No. 1 goalie Marty Turco got the night off after posting
his NHL-high 37th victory Wednesday night, and Hedberg stopped 24
shots in his 15th game of the season.

The Blackhawks picked up two penalties in the opening 1:08 of
the second period after a scoreless opening period and Zubov cashed
in from 40 feet at 2:02 with his 11th goal of the season while the
Stars skated 5-on-3.

Chicago tied it at 1 when Calder converted a cross-ice pass from
Radim Vrbata at 2:10 of the third period for his 18th goal of the
season.

Game notes
Stars RW Bill Guerin, out with a fractured orbital bone
sustained in a game on March 6, will wear a shield to protect his
face when he returns. He has started light workouts but there is no
timetable for his return. The Stars anticipate he'll be back before
the playoffs. ... Dallas is 12-0-1 in its last 13 meetings with
Chicago. ... The Stars were 9-1 winners in Chicago's previous trip
to Dallas on Nov. 4.