CHICAGO (AP) -- The Dallas Stars have made beating the Chicago
Blackhawks look automatic and easy.
Jason Arnott scored twice and Jere Lehtinen and Brenden Morrow
each had a goal and two assists as Dallas extended its unbeaten
streak against Chicago to 13 games with a 7-2 win over the
Blackhawks on Sunday night.
The Stars haven't lost to Chicago since Jan. 20, 2002, going
11-0-2 against the Blackhawks during the span. Dallas is 3-0
against the Blackhawks this season, outscoring them 21-6.
"I think we've gotten some timely goals, and the pucks have
gone in for us," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "I don't know, I
think we've played better games against other teams and not scored
as many. I think it's a fluke thing that we've been able to
capitalize on as many chances as we have."
A key for the Stars throughout the streak was getting an early
lead against the Blackhawks. Dallas led 2-0 on Sunday just 5:59 in.
"In the three games this season we've had very good starts."
Lehtinen said. "That helps a lot. I don't know why against them
and not against other teams, but sometimes it happens."
Marty Turco made 18 saves and improved to 10-0-1 against
"We've enjoyed playing here and the success we've had here,"
Turco said. "Probably why it's lasted so long is we try not to
take anyone for granted.
"There will be a day when it doesn't go my way, but until then
I'll enjoy it."
"They've got some older guys over there who have been around
and won," Bell said. "They play well as a group and they're
firing on all cylinders now."
Chicago coach Trent Yawney also was impressed with the Stars.
"You might be witnessing, maybe, the team that might be in the
Stanley Cup finals," he said.
The Stars scored on two of their first three shots. Jokinen
fired a 20-foot backhander over Munro's right shoulder at 4:44.
Hagman made it 2-0 just 1:15 later when he was left uncovered in
the slot and swept in Sergei Zubov's feed from behind the net.
Skoula's power-play goal at 4:52 of the second stretched the
lead to 3-0. He beat Munro on the glove side from just inside the
blue line on Dallas' 11th shot.
Anderson replaced Munro after the goal.
Bell cut it to 3-1 at 7:58 with his 20th goal, scored on a
5-on-3 power-play. He ripped a high shot past Turco from inside the
Lehtinen was credited with making it 4-1 at 10:16 when his shot
from the right-wing boards deflected in off the stick of Chicago
rookie defenseman Duncan Keith.
Morrow made it 5-1 at 6:11 with his 20th goal. He pounced on a
loose puck just outside the crease. Arnott gave the Stars a
five-goal lead with 7:59 left.
Bourque's power-play goal made it 6-2 just 1:32 later. Arnott's
5-on-3 power-play goal with 4:39 remaining completed the scoring.
Chicago D Michal Barinka was recalled from Norfolk of the
AHL and was in the lineup. He replaced D Jim Vandermeer, who is
serving a two-game suspension for a hit on Vancouver's Daniel Sedin
on Friday. ... Bell has scored 20 goals in two straight seasons.
... Morrow has reached the 20-goal mark in four of five seasons.
... Bourque, a rookie, has four goals in his last three games. ...
Arnott has four goals in four games, and six goals and eight
assists in his last 10. ... Dallas D Janne Niinimaa was a healthy
scratch for the second straight game. Stars LW Jaroslav Svoboda and
RH Nathan Perrott also were healthy scratches. ... Dallas D Patrick
Traverse missed his 12th game with an ankle injury.