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The Associated Press

A portion of the Chicago Blackhawks' most recent stellar road trip included a sixth consecutive victory against the Dallas Stars.

The Blackhawks hope to continue that success against the Stars when they return home Tuesday night looking to extend their season-high winning streak to seven games.

Chicago (20-4-4) opened its seven-game trip with a 5-1 loss to Colorado on Nov. 19, then held a 23-10 goal advantage while winning the final six.

"We loved the trip,'' said coach Joel Quenneville, whose team leads the NHL with 98 non-shootout goals and 44 points. "We loved the consistency. We loved the contribution we're getting across the board."

Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa each had a goal with an assist Saturday as Chicago concluded the trip with a 5-2 win at Phoenix. Kane regrouped after his 12-game point streak (eight goals, nine assists) ended during a 2-1 shootout win at Dallas (12-9-4) a night earlier.

"The consistency is what we're appreciating," Quenneville said. "The energy and enthusiasm in the locker room and on the bench is as good as we've seen it here."

Patrick Sharp had Chicago's regulation goal against the Stars, and Ben Smith scored in the 11th round of the shootout. Corey Crawford made 28 saves at Dallas to win his fourth in a row.

Crawford has a 1.37 goals-against average while winning five straight against the Stars.

The Blackhawks have scored 26 non-shootout goals and allowed nine during their six-game winning streak versus Dallas. Only one was played at the United Center, where Chicago has won four straight.

Kane has two goals and five assists during his five-game home point streak. Sharp has four and three assists during the last four there.

Hossa scored seven of his 11 goals in his last 11 games, including two during Chicago's 5-2 win at Dallas on Nov. 9.

The Stars have dropped four of five, including two straight in a shootout. Dallas recorded a season-high 45 shots but blew a one-goal third-period lead in Sunday's 3-2 home loss to Edmonton.

"This was a lot more frustrating (than the Chicago defeat )," coach Lindy Ruff said. "There (were) glorious opportunities to put it away. We've got to bear down better and make sure we finish on some of those opportunities."

Ryan Garbutt scored both goals but Dallas failed to convert on four power-play chances. The Stars are 0 for 11 with the man-advantage in the last four games and converting a league-low 10.5 percent (9 of 86) on the season.

They're 2 for 24 in the last 10 meetings with Chicago.

Dallas, which had a six-game road winning streak end with a 6-1 loss at St. Louis on Nov. 23, could again be without star center Tyler Seguin after he missed Sunday's contest with concussion-like symptoms.

Seguin, who was injured against the Blackhawks on Friday, has a team-leading 12 goals and is second with 23 points.

"He is day to day," Ruff told the Stars' official website. "As soon as he feels better, can exercise and the symptoms go away, he'll be back getting ready to play."

With three goals and two assists, Garbutt has recorded five of his seven points in the last three games.

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