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1-28-03

Mike Modano Weekly Wrap-Up: Tuesday, January 28, 2003

The Stars won three of four games as Mike Modano continued his hot scoring pace having now earned points in seven of the last nine games (5-9-14) and points in 12 of the last 15 games (7-14-21).  In a showdown of the NHL’s top two teams, the Western Conference-leading Stars defeated the Eastern Conference-leading Ottawa Senators on Monday with a three-goal third period, 5-3, to cap the week.  The highlights of the week, however, were Modano’s continued assault on the team record book as he passed Neal Broten in career assists and career games played. 

Wednesday, January 22 vs. Columbus (W, 4-2)

Stat line
Two assists
Plus/minus: +2
20:57 of ice time, 29 shifts
• 4:33 power play
• 2:40 shorthanded
9 of 21 faceoffs won (42%)
No shots on goal

Notes
• Modano vs. Columbus, career: 44 games, 19 goals, 27 assists, 46 points
• Ulf Dahlen returned to Modano’s left wing after missing time due to injury.
• Modano’s two assists broke Neal Broten’s team career mark he tied last week and this was his 992nd career game with the Stars franchise, tying Broten for the all-time total.
• Modano was named the No. 1 star.

Quotes

“It’s been a special year.  It’s been happening all at once.  Down the road, there probably won’t be another season like this.  The chase is what really keeps the blood flowing and keeps you pushing for those records.”
 Modano on his season of career milestones

“It’s like (George) Brett with Kansas City in baseball.  How many times do you have a real hero who stays his entire time with one franchise?”
Stars owner Tom Hicks on Modano

“It’s nice to know we can play different games.  It was really good to respond to the game that was out there.  The first 20 minutes they really came out after us and got some good shots early in the first couple of shifts and Ron (Tugnutt) kept us in there.  They got a lucky one to start the game, but we knew if we got one and tied it up, we would eventually get the game in our control and take over.”
 Modano on the hard-hitting game against Columbus

“You just feel going in every night that you are going to win.  Certain individuals step up and play well for us.  We are getting timely goals and timely saves from everybody.  That’s what has really brought us together.  Everybody contributing. It really tightens the group up.  It’s been a lot of fun.  It’s one of those years you feel going into every game you have a chance to win.”
 Modano on the team’s 12-game unbeaten streak

Friday, January 24 vs. Tampa Bay (L, 4-1)

Stat line
Plus/minus: E
18:32 of ice time, 24 shifts
• 2:59 power play
• 2:21 shorthanded
6 of 15 faceoffs won (40%)
Two shots on goal

Notes
• Modano vs. Tampa Bay, career: 21 games, 10 goals, 11 assists, 21 points
• Passed Neal Broten as all-time games played leader for Stars franchise with 993.  He currently holds 10 franchise regular season records and five franchise playoff records.

Quotes

“Things happen for certain reasons.  It’s flown by.  You don’t want to take it for granted.  We’re very fortunate in what we do in our profession.  I just wanted to play in the NHL.  Lo and behold, 14 years later, I’m still around.  You feel lucky.”
 Modano on how he feels becoming the Stars all-time games played leader

Saturday, January 25 at St. Louis (W, 4-2)

Stat line
One assist
Plus/minus: +2
21:44 of ice time, 29 shifts
• 3:33 power play
• 1:24 shorthanded
15 of 31 faceoffs won (48%)
Four shots on goal

Notes
• Modano vs. St, Louis, career: 72 games, 26 goals, 38 assists, 64 points
• Brendan Morrow replaced Ulf Dahlen on the left wing with Modano and Bill Guerin.

Monday, January 27 vs. Ottawa (W, 5-3)

Stat line
Two goals (one empty net), one assist
Plus/minus: +3
21:56 of ice time, 30 shifts
• 3:08 power play
• 1:49 shorthanded
18 of 26 faceoffs won (69%)
Six shots on goal

Notes
• Modano vs. Ottawa, career: 17 games, 11 goals, 7 assists, 18 points
• Modano was named the No. 2 star.
• Modano’s second goal of the night was his 20th for the season, giving him a franchise record 13 20-goal seasons.  It was his 16th multi-point game and fifth three-point effort this season.
• Mike started on a line centering Pierre Turgeon and Scott Young.

Quotes

“It’s just a confidence that we feel going into the third period we can play in any type of situation and find a way to score goals.”
 Modano on the Stars three-goal third period

“Mike is a player that, everything he does is just fluid.  The game comes easy to him.  He’s a great skater, has great hands, thinks the game well.  When you’re not coaching, you’re seeing the highlights or you’re watching a game and the great plays (Modano) makes jump out at you.  But it’s the little things he does that make him a great player.  The fans remember Mike flying down the ice because it comes so easy for him.  But he wins faceoffs, he makes little plays that turn into smart plays and most people don’t even notice.  You always had that feeling that he did so many things well, he had to be a smart player.  There are guys that are smart, but he gets his smarts across at high rates of speed.  That’s what sets him apart.  Some guys it takes a few seconds to figure out.  He has such a quick reaction time, and that’s what makes him very dangerous.  He has the ability to make players around him better.  That’s incredibly important.”
 Stars coach Dave Tippett on Modano


The Week Ahead (all times Central)
Wednesday, January 29 vs. Calgary (FSN, 7:30)
Saturday, February 2, NHL Young Stars Game and Skills Competition (ESPN, 5:45)
Sunday, February 3, NHL All-Star Game (ABC, 1:30)