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Mike Modano Weekly Wrap-Up: Playoff Edition No. 2

Mike Modano began the 2003 NHL Playoffs with the highest-scoring series performance of his illustrious career.  With a career-high playoff series total of 10 points in six games against Edmonton, Modano tied Sergei Zubov for the team points lead.  He was also named one of the top three Stars of the Game in four of the six contests and scored the series-clinching goal in game six.

Saturday, April 19, Game Six at Edmonton (W, 3-2)

Stat line:
One goal, one assist
Plus/minus: +1
21:52 of ice time, 30 shifts
• 0:55 power play
• 0:18 shorthanded
12 of 21 faceoffs won (57%)
Two shots on goal

Notes:
• Started on line with Brenden Morrow and Scott Young
• Named No. 1 star by Dallas Morning News.
• Series-clinching goal came at 13:08 in the third period off a beautiful feed from Sergei Zubov, who tied Modano for team lead in points for the series with 10.
• Game-winning goal was the 11th playoff winner of his career.

Quotes:

“It is a fine line.  It’s right to the bitter end every time we play them.  It could teeter-totter one way or the other.  It could go against us real quick as much as it has gone for us.  There’s no die in the vocabulary of the team.  They have a lot of heart and will.”
 Mike Modano following Game Six

“But the bottom line is the Edmonton Oilers focused on taking Modano’s line out of Game 6…they put the focus of stopping Modano in the mind of every player on the bench…they threw the kitchen sink at Mike Modano, and he caught it…Modano got back at the Oilers the way he knows best, with a puck through the net that might as well have sailed through their hearts.”
 Excerpts from Mike Heika column in Dallas Morning News

“Mike Modano is one of, if not the best player, in the league.  He’s the core of their team, and he’s a guy they developed.”
 Edmonton head coach Craig MacTavish

“Guys like (Modano) are special.  On a night when you’re not getting very much space, he finds a way to do something with it.  You just kind of shake your head and say, ‘It figures.’”
 Stars teammate Scott Young on Modano’s series-winning goal

“Modano is one of the best players in the world.  That’s the difference; he gets that big goal and we don’t.”
 Ethan Moreau of the Edmonton Oilers

“He’s the most talented player I’ve ever played with or watched over the course of my career.  I don’t know how they raise them in Moscow, but they’re doing something over there better than us.”
 Modano on teammate Sergei Zubov

“Big-time players get big-time goals, and Mike is a superstar on our team.”
 Stars teammate Brenden Morrow


Thursday, April 17, Game Five vs. Edmonton (W, 5-2)

Stat line:
One goal, two assists
Plus/minus: +1
17:22 of ice time, 21 shifts
• 4:15 power play
• 0:00 shorthanded
7 of 14 faceoffs won (50%)
One shot on goal

Notes:
• Started on line with Brenden Morrow and Scott Young.
• Named No. 2 star by Dallas Morning News.
• Modano’s two assists gave him three in the last two games and he has posted points in five of the last six games against the Oilers dating back to the 2001 playoffs.

Quotes:

“Scott Young has been able to play with Modano for about a month and he’s really clicked in that situation.  Mike’s one of those guys that always makes the people around him better.”
 Stars head coach Dave Tippett on the pairing of Modano and Young on the top line

“It’s been so fun playing with Mike, that I can’t even describe it.”
 Stars winger Scott Young
 

The Week Ahead

Round Two vs. Anaheim, game dates and times TBA