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3-4-03

Mike Modano Weekly Wrap-Up: Tuesday, March 4

The week was a rough one for Mike Modano and the Stars as a Northeast road trip saw the team suffer two losses and a tie as well as Bill Guerin to injury for the rest of the regular season at least.  Modano went without a goal for the week, but continued his scoring contributions with four assists.  Scott Young replaced Guerin as Modano’s regular right winger, a role he had played on several occasions in recent weeks before the Guerin injury.

Tuesday, February 25 at Boston (T, 5-5)

Stat line:
One assist
Plus/minus: E
21:18 of ice time, 29 shifts
• 3:30 power play
• 0:59 shorthanded
17 of 24 faceoffs won (70%)
Two shots on goal

Notes:
• Modano vs. Boston, career: 24 games, eight goals, 16 assists, 24 points

Quotes:
A question posed to Dallas Morning News Stars beat writer Chuck Carlton in his weekly e-mail concerned Mike Modano’s chances for the Hall of Fame.  Chuck’s answer:

“Mike Modano is already very close to being an automatic choice to join hockey immortals enshrined in Toronto.  In 1,004 games, Modano has 442 goals and 1,045 career points.  He’s single-handedly rewritten the Stars’ record book and identified himself as the face of the franchise.  Beyond the numbers, he also carries several intangibles that would boost his chances.  He’s regarded as an offensive standout who remade his game into more of a two-way aspect.  The Stars won five division titles (and counting) with Modano, as well as a Stanley Cup.  He’s been a five-time selection to the All-Star Game.  Critics might note that Modano has been snakebit when it comes to major NHL awards, and that he played part of his career in an era when offensive numbers were inflated, but never reached 100 points.  All Modano really has to do is put together a couple more of the 35-goal, 80-point seasons that he so effortlessly posts.  If he reaches 500 goals and 1,200-plus points, there would be no denying him.”

Thursday, February 27 at Ottawa (L, 2-3)

Stat line:
Plus/minus: -1
21:24 of ice time, 26 shifts
• 1:37 power play
• 0:43 shorthanded
13 of 28 faceoffs won (46%)
Three shots on goal

Notes:
• Modano vs. Ottawa, career: 18 games, 11 goals, seven assists, 18 points

Quotes:
“(Modano) is an elite American.  It doesn’t matter what nationality or where he comes from – he is an elite NHL player.  His speed, his hands, his skating ability, his work ethic, his dynamic offensive creativity.  There’s only a handful of exciting players that are end-to-end type of players that can take people out of their seats, and he’s one of them.”
  Colorado head coach, Tony Granato

Friday, February 28 at Buffalo (L, 3-5)

Stat line:
Two assists
Plus/minus: -1
20:51 of ice time, 28 shifts
• 5:22 power play
• 1:58 shorthanded
12 of 11 faceoffs won (52%)
Two shots on goal

Notes:
• Modano vs. Buffalo, career: 23 games, 11 goals, 16 assists, 27 points

Quotes:
“Out on the ice, (Modano)’s a step ahead of everybody, even the guys on the bench.  He’s made the play before we even actually saw the play developing.”
  Stars teammate, Aaron Downey

“He’s been called the ultimate superstar because he is a great player and does great things, but is also a very good team person.  He’s jumped on board with the things we’ve talked about as a team from the start.  He’s been right at the forefront.”
  Stars head coach, Dave Tippett

Sunday, March 2 vs. Pittsburgh (W, 3-1)

Stat line:
One assist
Plus/minus: +1
22:09 of ice time, 27 shifts
• 5:59 power play
• 1:19 shorthanded
10 of 23 faceoffs won (43%)
Three shots on goal

Notes:
• Modano vs. Pittsburgh, career: 23 games, 13 goals, 14 assists, 27 points
• Modano’s assist gave him points in nine of the last 11 games (5-7-12) and in 13 of the past 16 games (8-12-20).  He is on pace to score 92 points, one shy of his career high of 93 (accomplished twice, 1992-93 and 1993-94(.

Quotes:
“Every sport has those certain guys.  There are good players, there are great players, and there are players you don’t want to miss.  There’s two players right there, that even if it’s a bad game, it’s worth the price of admission right there to see those to play. They’re great in different ways.  Obviously, Mario is a natural goal-scorer and playmaker, as much as anybody ever.  And Mike does things at such a high speed.  That makes him unique.”
 Stars teammate, Kirk Muller, on the match-up of Mike Modano and Mario Lemieux

“When you’re that young, you’re not so much in awe.  As you get older, you look back at these tapes and you can see how he played and how he controlled the whole series and won it pretty much with the plays he made.  It lifted his teammates.”
 Modano on facing Lemieux in the 1991 Stanley Cup Finals

The Week Ahead
Wednesday, March 5 vs. Chicago (FSN, 8:00)
Friday, March 7 vs. Nashville (FSN, 7:30)
Sunday, March 9 vs. San Jose (KDFI-27, 6:00)