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Mike Modano Weekly Wrap-Up: Monday, March 24

It was a week to get back on track for the Dallas Stars as goalie Marty Turco returned from injury and the team regained a share of the No. 1 spot in the Western Conference with Detroit.  Mike Modano capped a back-and-forth contest against Atlanta with a game-winning goal in overtime to start the week and Turco allowed only one goal against St. Louis in his return victory to end the week.

Wednesday, March 19 at Atlanta (W, 5-4 OT)

Stat line:
Game-winning goal in overtime
One assist
Plus/minus: E
23:05 of ice time, 34 shifts
• 4:04 power play
• 2:17 shorthanded
11 of 27 faceoffs won (40%)
Five shots on goal

Notes:
• Played on a line with Brendan Morrow and Scott Young
• Named No. 3 star by Dallas Morning News

Quotes:
In a cover story by Sports Page Dallas, Modano was named as the biggest sports star in Dallas with the departure of Emmitt Smith.  Some selected comments on Modano from the article:

“Modano is the heart and soul of one of the NHL’s dominant teams and is regarding by just about everyone as one of the must unassuming superstars who has ever graced the city.”
 Sports Page Dallas

“Modano edges out A-Rod because Mo’s been here longer, has entrenched himself more into the community.”
 Mike Doocy, sports anchor of Fox 4 News

“Mike Modano is unquestionably the biggest star in this market right now.  He is always in any discussion of ‘the best players in the game’ and has led the team on the ice since coming to Texas.  He is worth the price of admission any night, and has brought nothing but superior entertainment on the ice.  He’s also been a positive community presence off the ice over his certain Hall of Fame career.”
 Ralph Strangis, Stars play-by-play announcer

“He’s an approachable guy who doesn’t come off as putting on any kind of airs.  And every time he’s got the puck by himself in open ice, he brings people out of their seats.”
 Chuck Cooperstein, ESPN Radio

Friday, March 21 vs. Minnesota (L, 2-3 OT)

Stat line:
One assist
Plus/minus: +1
20:08 of ice time, 21 shifts
• 2:54 power play
• 1:20 shorthanded
10 of 20 faceoffs won (50%)
Four shots on goal

Notes:
• Modano extended his current point streak to five games (1-5-6) tying his previous high (set three other times) this season.  He is one point shy of the eighth 80-point season of his career.
• Played on line with Jere Lehtinen and Scott Young

Quotes:
“As long as Jere (Lehtinen) is in the league, he’s going to win that trophy.  He’s the best defensive forward in the league.”
 Mike Modano on teammate Jere Lehtinen as a Selke Trophy finalist

Sunday, March 23 vs. St. Louis

Stat line:
Plus/minus: E
19:29 of ice time, 21 shifts
• 8:36 power play
• 1:43 shorthanded
4 of 17 faceoffs won (23%)
Two shots on goal

Notes:
• Played on line with Jere Lehtinen and Scott Young

The Week Ahead
Tuesday, March 25 at Vancouver (9:00, FSN)
Thursday, March 27 at Calgary (8:00, FSN)
Saturday, March 29 at San Jose (9:30, KDFI-Ch. 27)
Monday, March 31 vs. Buffalo (7:30, FSN)