By coincidence, the Stanley Cup was in Dallas at the same time as the team trying to defend it.

For much of Friday night's game against the Stars, the Blackhawks didn't look much like the club that stormed to the 2013 Cup but, as has been their modus operandi this season, they didn't let a third-period deficit deter them as they rallied for a 2-1 victory in a lengthy shootout at American Airlines Center.

Whether it was fatigue as a result of playing their sixth of a seven-game trip or merely an off night, the Hawks couldn't get it together against the Stars until Patrick Sharp scored early in the third to set up the Ben Smith's winner in the 11th round of the shootout.

"It was my first shootout in this league," said Smith, who beat Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen with a wrist shot to end the shootout that tied for the longest in Hawks history. "To get an opportunity is awesome. I just knew I was going to try to keep it simple. Shoot the puck and I was fortunate that it went in."

It was the fifth consecutive triumph for the Hawks, who improved to 5-1-0 on the trip and 19-4-4 overall.

"We got our game together and the third was our best period," Smith said. "Getting on their 'D' and putting more pressure helped us create more opportunities and it definitely was there in the third."

Corey Crawford came out on top of a goaltender duel with Lehtonen, yielding only Rich Peverley's first-period score and stopping Alex Chiasson's penalty shot in the second during regulation play. In the shootout, Crawford allowed Peverley to beat him but then stoned the next eight Stars shooters to up his record to 17-4-3.