CHICAGO, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Steve Sullivan scored 79 seconds into the third period and Jocelyn Thibault made 24 saves Sunday night as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the Dallas Stars, 3-2, for their seventh straight home win.
Chicago had pressure in the Stars' zone when Michael Nylander tracked down a loose puck in the left corner and threw it in front of the net. It caromed off Dallas defenseman Sergei Zubov before Sullivan flicked it past goaltender Ed Belfour for his 14th goal of the season and second in as many games.
Thibault made the lead stand up, stopping all nine shots in the third period to extend the Blackhawks' unbeaten streak to four games (3
1). At 29-14-9-0, Chicago is 15 games over .500 for the first time since Feb. 22, 1996.
The Blackhawks tied it, 2-2, midway through the second period on a controversial goal by Tony Amonte. Off a goalmouth scramble, he appeared to kick at the puck, dislodging it from Belfour's pads and nudging it over the goal line.
Referee Scott Zelkin initially waved it off, but the goal was credited after a video review.
Brenden Morrow and Joe Nieuwendyk scored for the Stars, who have lost two in a row after winning six of eight games.