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The Associated Press

The Dallas Stars finally won again on home ice. They'll look to make it two in a row Friday night against one of the best road teams in the NHL.

The Stars ended a drawn-out four-game home skid with an impressive victory over one of the top clubs in the league, and they'll now face another in the Chicago Blackhawks.

Dallas defeated Anaheim 6-3 on Tuesday as Cody Eakin, Stephane Robidas and Ryan Garbutt scored in a 53-second span of the third period, giving the Stars their first win at the American Airlines Center since Oct. 24. A road-heavy schedule during that time limited their chances to get a victory on home ice, where Dallas is 4-3-2.

"We want to establish ourselves as a good home team," Robidas said. "We want to take pride and play well at home in front of our fans. We haven't been able to do it this year, and we want to make a statement that it is going to be tough to play in our building. We've got to keep moving and keep getting better."

The Stars (12-9-2) trailed 2-1 entering the third period, but scored four unanswered goals in less than seven minutes en route to exceeding their goal total of the previous three games by one.

"I thought our fans were awesome, and got behind us. The energy in the building was tremendous," coach Lindy Ruff said. "We might have had to have a little bottle of NoDoz after the first period, but we woke them up in the third."

To win two in a row at home for the second time this season, the Stars will have to top a Blackhawks team they've struggled against recently. Chicago has won the past five meetings, the most recent a 5-2 victory Nov. 9 in Dallas.

At 9-3-1, the Blackhawks are tied for the league lead in road victories and they've won four in a row since dropping the opener of a season high-tying seven-game trip.

The latest win came Wednesday against Calgary, as the Blackhawks (18-4-4) rallied from a 2-0 third-period deficit for a 3-2 victory. Patrick Kane scored twice, including the winner with 18 seconds remaining.

Kane extended his point streak to 12 straight games, during which he has eight goals and nine assists.

''It's nice to be on a streak like that, try to produce consistently. I think the biggest thing is just to try and go into every game with a clean slate and take it for what it is,'' Kane said. ''You have the chance to play with good players, playing on a pretty hot power play right now, you're going to get some points.''

Kane has 15 goals on the season, and the Blackhawks' 95 easily lead the league. They've scored at least five goals eight times during a 12-2-1 surge.

Kane had a goal and an assist Nov. 9 to give him two goals and seven assists during a five-game point streak against Dallas.

Patrick Sharp added four assists in the last matchup with the Stars, and he has three goals and six assists in a three-game point streak in the series.

Corey Crawford got the night off in Calgary in favor of backup Antti Raanta, who earned the win in his first NHL start. Crawford has won four consecutive games at Dallas with a 1.49 goals-against average.

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