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Associated Press, with files
10/20/2006 11:54:49 PM

DALLAS (AP) - Philippe Boucher scored with 39 seconds left in regulation and the Dallas Stars rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to match the best start in franchise history with a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.

Mike Ribeiro of the Stars (6-1-0) tied the score 4-4 with 1:14 remaining from the slot off Niklas Hagman's centring pass.

The game seemed headed for overtime when Philippe Boucher's shot from the point got past Chicago goaltender Brian Boucher in the final minute as Dallas' Jeff Halpern set a screen in front of the net.

The 1996-97 Stars also won six of their first seven games.

Martin Havlat, the league's leading scorer with 13 points through the first six games of the season, left the game in the third period with an apparent knee injury. The Blackhawks say he will be re-evaluated Saturday.

Martin Lapointe had given the Blackhawks a 4-3 lead with 4:31 left, but the Stars came back to continue their dominance over Chicago, improving to 13-0-1 in the teams' last 14 meetings.

The Blackhawks' last victory over the Stars was on Jan. 20, 2002, while their last win in Dallas was on March 7, 2001.

Dallas trailed 3-1 and showed little life, but the Stars tied it on Mike Modano's power-play goal with 6:19 left and Jere Lehtinen's even-strength goal with 5:34 remaining.

Rene Bourque and Michael Holmquist scored power-play goals and Lasse Kukkonen added one at even strength for the Blackhawks (4-3-0).

Antti Miettinen also scored for the Stars and Marty Turco made 18 saves for Dallas.

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