After almost 27 minutes of, ahem, action Friday night there were 14 shots on goal.
For both teams.
Thank goodness the Blackhawks' Travis Moen and Dallas' Gavin Morgan decided to beat each other up early in the second period or the 18,068 fans at American Airlines Arena all might have needed to be tucked into their seats for a good night's sleep.
Two teams that have had an awful time scoring this season were true to form with the Stars finally eking out a 1-0 victory almost in spite of themselves.
The loss extended the Hawks' losing streak on the road to nine games and snapped the Stars' five-game losing streak.
Bill Guerin scored the lone goal at the 14 minute 19 second mark of the third period, redirecting a Mike Modano pass through the pads of Steve Passmore.
"Two players made a real good play," Hawks coach Brian Sutter said.
It was the only one of the night.
The rumor around Dallas was that a pair of losses to the Hawks this weekend would cost Stars coach Dave Tippett his job. If that's the case, then Tippett couldn't have planned the schedule any better.
Dallas extended its winning streak against the Hawks to six games and is 17-4-5-1 in its last 27 games against the Hawks.
With a team full of first-year players still finding their way around the NHL, it's not hard to understand why the Hawks are having trouble offensively.
Dallas, however, is a mystery for which no one seems to have an answer. The perennial Cup contenders are facing a fire sale if things don't turn around soonassuming, of course, someone would be willing to take some hefty contracts.
On a team with a payroll of $67 million, the Stars' top-paid players aren't getting the job done.
In the last five games going into Fridayall lossesModano, Brenden Morrow, Stu Barnes, Guerin and Jere Lehtinen had one point. And that one point was just a Guerin assist. Those five represent about $24 million in annual salaries.
Friday, the Stars had the better chances against Passmore, making his first start of the season after being recalled Tuesday from Norfolk.
Guerin beat Passmore late in the first but rang his shot off the goalpost, and Passmore had to be sharp on a Barnes shot midway through the second. But even after 40 minutes, Dallas had just 15 shots on goal. For the night, Passmore made 25 saves.
"[Passmore] gave us a chance," Sutter said.
Meanwhile the Hawks managed 16 shots on Marty Turco. After managing just three shots in the first period, the Hawkswho in fairness didn't reach their hotel until around 3 a.m. Friday after Thursday's game against Detroitswarmed the Dallas end for seven shots for a two-period total of 10.
Usually, back-to-back games make for entertaining hockey. The way these two teams are going, however, that theory may be put to the test Sunday at the United Center.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times