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Mike Modano Weekly Wrap-Up: Playoff Edition No. 1

The second season is underway in the NHL and four games into their first round match-up against the Edmonton Oilers, the Stars are tied 2-2. Entering the series, Mike Modano has posted 12 goals and 15 assists for 27 points against Edmonton in 32 playoff games. He started off strong again, scoring the first goal of the series in the first period of game one after hitting the post earlier in the first frame. For his career, Modano has 45 goals, 64 assists and 109 points in 127 playoff games entering this year’s postseason.

Tuesday, April 15, Game Four at Edmonton (W, 3-1)

Stat line:
One assist
Plus/minus: E
21:09 of ice time, 28 shifts
• 5:00 power play
• 0:43 shorthanded
15 of 23 faceoffs won (65%)
Two shots on goal

Notes:
• Started on a line with Brenden Morrow and Scott Young.

Quotes:
“We feel if we play our best game, we can beat any team. Certainly I don’t think I’d be in this position if I didn’t thrive on those situations and look forward to those opportunities to lift and maybe carry the team at certain times in a game.”
Mike Modano entering Game 4, responding to reporter’s questions about the pressure facing the Stars trailing 2-1 in the series

“Modano is the guy we mainly key on. It’s a team effort. His speed is crucial (to the Stars). It’s a concentrated effort. You just can’t do it with one guy on him. We are all aware when he’s on the ice.”
Edmonton’s Steve Staios

Sunday, April 13, Game Three at Edmonton (L, 2-3)

Stat line:
Plus/minus: E
22:51 of ice time, 29 shifts
• 4:07 power play
• 1:07 shorthanded
11 of 22 faceoffs won (50%)
Two shots on goal

Notes:
• Started on a line with Brenden Morrow and Scott Young.
• With Derian Hatcher suspended for one game, Modano wore the “C” as captain.

Quotes:
“With crowds like that you need to bear down that much more with everything you do, and it takes a lot more focus, a lot more concentration, a lot more support all over the ice. It’s probably a big reason why they’ve had success here. It’s one of the loudest places in the league.”
Mike Modano on the home crowd in Edmonton’s Skyreach Center

“You can’t be a team with nine lives. You can’t keep coming back and keep looking for that play to even the series. When you keep playing from behind, it’s tough.”
Modano

Wednesday, April 9, Game One vs. Edmonton (L, 1-2)

Stat line:
One power play goal
Plus/minus: -1
22:34 of ice time, 26 shifts
• 5:21 power play
• 3:21 shorthanded
13 of 19 faceoffs won (68%)
Four shots on goal

Notes:
• Started on a line with Jere Lehtinen and Scott Young.
• Scored the first goal of the playoffs at 8:52 of the first period.
• Named No. 2 star by the Dallas Morning News.

Quotes:
“We had a chance to take control and we didn’t do it. We need to generate more chances. We need more than one goal. Game 2 will certainly be important. You want to be 1-1 going to Edmonton. If you go down 2-0 going up there, it’s going to be chaos.”
Mike Modano

Friday, April 11, Game Two vs. Edmonton (W, 6-1)

Stat line:
One goal, two assists
Plus/minus: +2
16:19 of ice time, 19 shifts
• 6:34 power play
• 0:45 shorthanded
5 of 11 faceoffs won (45%)
One shot on goal

Notes:
• Started on a line with Brenden Morrow and Scott Young.
• Named No. 2 star by the Dallas Morning News for second straight game.
• Modano’s three points tied a career playoff game high.

Quotes:
“You have to have a short memory in these series. You have to forget about it, move on, keep things fresh and up to date and come back with a new sense of urgency Friday.”
Mike Modano, before Game Two following Game One loss

“It’s all about moving the puck quick and having a little vision out there. You can’t be sacred to make mistakes. You have to play with confidence.”
Modano on the successful aggressive-minded offense the Stars featured in the regular season and returned to in Game Two

Remaining Edmonton Series Schedule

Thursday, April 17: Game 5 in Dallas (FSN, 6:30)
Saturday, April 19: Game 6 in Edmonton (FSN, 7:00)
Monday, April 21: Game 7, if necessary in Dallas (8:00, KDFI-Ch. 27)