Trip ends on winning note
Max Pacioretty, who will be on Team USA at the Sochi Olympics, had two goals and two assists.
P.K. Subban – who better be on Team Canada – had a goal and three assists.
David Desharnais, Brendan Gallagher (during a third-period power play) added goals, and Lars Eller beat Kari Lehtonen top shelf from a bad angle for the winning goal.
Carey Price, who was all over the place in the game, gave up goals to Jamie Benn, Valeri Nichushin, Tyler Seguin and Brenden Dillon.
Dallas outshot the Canadiens 32-28.
After Brendan Gallagher's power-play goal made it 4-2, Dallas scored twice in 47 seconds: Tyler Seguin's 21st and one from downtown by defenceman Brenden Dillon.
Shades of Carolina, right?
Lars Eller went top shelft from an impossible angle for his 10th of the season and Max Pacioretty got his second of the game and 19th of the season into an empty net.
A bit of everything
Dallas rookie Valeri Nichushkin beat Carey Price on a penalty shot.
Then P.K. Subban, who had set up David Desharnais for the period's first goal, skated through the Dallas D to restore the Canadiens' lead with his seventh goal of the season.
P.K. has three points in the game.
Josh Gorges, who tripped Nichushkin to draw the penalty shot, also made two great plays with Carey Price down and out of position.
Shots were 12-10 for the Canadiens.
Max Pacioretty, who has four goals on this road trip, took a perfect lead pass from P.K. Subban and beat Kari Lehtonen with a wicked rising wrister for his 18th of the season.
Jamie Benn, converting a nice feed from Tyler Seguin for his 14th, had given the home team a 1-0 lead.
Shots were 11-6 for the Stars, who won an unreal 15 of 17 faceoffs.
The second half begins
The Canadiens start the homestretch – and 2014 portion – of their schedule with a visit to Dallas.
The American Airlines Center will be warmer than what the Leafs and Wings endured at the Big House on New Year's Day.
And it will be much warmer than Montreal, where the wind-chill factor hit minus-40C on Thursday.
Canadiens fans will just have to keep warm by yelling at their TV screens – which we did a lot of during the team's visits to Florida and Carolina.
Unless they meet in the Stanley Cup finals, this will be the final Canadiens-Stars game of the season. Dallas visited the Bell Centre on Oct. 29, when Carey Price made 26 saves and goals by Michaël Bournival and Rene Bourque secured a 2-1 win.
The Stars are 5-0-2 in their last seven, including two wins over the mighty L.A. Kings. Their offence is powered by Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and ... Erik Cole! The former Canadien has five goals in his last eight games.