The Coyotes have not lost since holding a team meeting after a 3-0 home loss to New Jersey on February 12. Three of their wins have come against teams ahead of them in the Western Conference.
Phoenix matched its longest winning streak of the season with Thursday’s 2-1 triumph in Chicago, which also marked the first time this season it has won three straight road games.
Daniel Briere snapped a tie with a wraparound goal late in the third period, which pulled the Coyotes within eight points of eighth-place Edmonton in the West race.
“We have dropped too many already this season,” said Briere, who led Phoenix with 32 goals in 2001-02, but has just 14 in 59 games this season. “It’s the time of year where you have to get going and I think we are.”
Dallas is three points in front of second-place Vancouver in the West and two in back of Ottawa for first place in the NHL.
The Stars are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games and 16-3-5 in their last 23 games.
Dallas has not missed a beat with starting goaltender Marty Turco sidelined with an injured ankle. Veteran Ron Tugnutt is 1-1-1 since taking over and made 26 saves in a 1-1 tie with Calgary on Wednesday.
Dallas leads the season series, 3-0-1. It has outscored the Coyotes, 15-6, and is trying to go undefeated in the season series for the first time since 1991-92.
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