CHICAGO (AP) -Stu Barnes scored a go-ahead, short-handed goal with 6:04 left in the third period, and the Dallas Stars defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 on Wednesday night.
Barnes' shot from just inside the right point deflected in off Nikolai Khabibulin's outstretched right pad. Dallas won its second straight after ending a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 home win over Minnesota on Monday.
Dallas' Loui Eriksson scored a power-play goal in the first period, and Brenden Morrow added an empty-net goal with 17.5 seconds left.
Robert Lang had the lone goal on a power play for injury-depleted Chicago, which is 0-5-2 in its last seven games.
The struggling Blackhawks played without seven regulars: defensemen Brent Sopel (broken finger) and James Wisniewski (knee); and forwards Jonathan Toews (knee), Jason Williams (groin), Kevyn Adams (knee), Dave Bolland (broken finger) and Ben Eager (concussion).
Capitals 2, Avalanche 1
WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Brashear and David Steckel each scored in the third period, and Olaf Kolzig made 18 saves in the Capitals' victory.
The game was scoreless until Brashear scored 2:51 into the third period. Matt Bradley skated from behind the net and directed a pass to Brooks Laich, whose shot from the left circle was tipped past Jose Theodore by Brashear.
With 3:59 left, Steckel tapped the puck past an out-of-position Theodore, who made 21 saves, for a 2-0 lead.
The Avalanche, who were in danger of being shut out for the second straight game for the first time since Nov. 2001, scored just 38 seconds later on Marek Svatos' breakaway.

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