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Saturday, November 9th (All times Eastern)

Chicago Blackhawks (10-2-4) at Dallas Stars (8-6-2), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Coming off a perfect road trip that featured plenty of bonus hockey, the Dallas Stars try to avoid a fifth straight setback to the Chicago Blackhawks as the two Central Division residents square off on Saturday night.

The Stars dropped an overtime decision to Colorado at home on Nov. 1 before hitting the road for games in Ottawa, Boston and Detroit. They posted consecutive shootout wins over the Senators and Bruins before notching a 4-3 overtime triumph on Thursday night against the Red Wings.

Rich Peverley potted the winning goal with 18.5 seconds left in overtime, a situation made possible thanks to Cody Eakin's tying goal on the power play with 1:10 to go in regulation. Peverley beat Detroit's Jimmy Howard through a screen from the top of the left circle for his third goal of the season.

"We were moving a lot in the zone. There was a lot of traffic in front and I don't think he saw it," said Peverley, who had the shootout winner against his former Boston team on Tuesday.

Shawn Horcoff and Jamie Benn also scored for the Stars, who are 5-1-2 in their last eight games. Kari Lehtonen made 26 saves.

Lehtonen is 4-3-1 with a 2.52 goals against average in eight career meetings with the Blackhawks, who have won four straight and five of the past six in this series. Chicago has also won its last three trips to Dallas.

Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford is 5-4-0 with a 2.48 GAA lifetime versus the Stars. He came up with 24 saves in Wednesday's 4-1 triumph over the Winnipeg Jets.

Patrick Sharp had a goal and an assist, while Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Brandon Pirri also scored. Toews netted his eighth goal of the season, while Kane's was his ninth.

"It was good to keep pressing forward," Sharp said. "We've seen a few times this year we've had a two-goal lead and then gave it up in the third period. I thought the guys stayed focused and continued to press on, and we were able to get a couple more."

Chicago has won four of its past five, including a 5-1 victory in Winnipeg last Saturday.

11/09 10:45:51 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
DUR 8
GWI 6
 
Final
PHI 1
ATL 0
8th
BAL 5
BOS 7
 
Final
NYY 6
NYM 1
Final
DET 1
CLE 13
 
9th
CIN 3
CHC 3
 
Final
TAM 12
TOR 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 2
6th
CWS 1
KAN 2
 
7th
MIL 0
STL 3
 
5th
COL 3
SFG 4
 
2nd
ARI 0
PIT 1
 
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
HOU
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
TEX
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
LOS
10:10pm Tonight
SEA
MIN
Final
DAL 128
HOU 130
 
4th
WAS 72
TOR 72
 
1st
SAN 25
LAC 16
 
Final
MON 1
OTT 5
1st OT
NYR 1
PIT 1
 
1st
STL 1
MIN 1
 
Final
DUR 8
GWI 6