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Modano Weekly Wrap-up: Tuesday, October 22

Mike Modano played “set-up man” this past week with five assists in four games, four of them on the power play. In two road contests, against Minnesota and St. Louis, Modano was the obvious focus of the opponent which played its top checking and speed lines to try and contain him. At home, Modano seemingly owned the ice, playing at warp speed while buzzing around the ice setting up his teammates and controlling the flow of the games. After two weeks, Modano led all NHL forwards in average ice time with 27:23, nearly four minutes ahead of second place Rob Brind’Amour of the Carolina Hurricanes (23:24).


Tuesday, October 15 vs. Edmonton (W, 3-0)

Stat line:

Power play assist

Plus/minus: E

19:29 of ice time, 22 shifts

3:07 power play

3:24 shorthanded

6 of 20 faceoffs won (30%)

Zero shots on goal

Notes:

· Modano has become Dallas’ primary face-off specialist, a valuable role most recently assumed by ex-Stars’ Guy Carbonneau and Joe Nieuwendyk. Over the first few games, he led the NHL with an average of 30.3 faceoffs per game.

· Mike will be featured prominently in The Hockey News issue available at newsstands the week of October 21. Roy’s Newsstand off I-635 at the intersection of Webb Chapel and Forest Lane seems to get the latest issues the earliest in DFW, placing them on the shelves every Tuesday.

Quotes:

“On the one hand, it’s kind of tough because it’s just another thing you have to worry about. But, on the other hand, it puts you on the ice in key situations when the game is being decided, and I like that.”

Modano in reference to his leadership role with face-offs


Thursday, October 17 at Minnesota (L, 1-3)

Stat line:

Plus/minus: -1

21:48 of ice time, 29 shifts

5:44 power play

0:51 shorthanded

16 of 27 faceoffs won (59%)

Two shots on goal

Notes:

· Prior to the game, officials from the Minnesota Wild sent over the gloves Mike wore in his first season with the North Stars to be signed for display at the Wild’s hockey museum.

· With approximately 1:30 left in the game, Modano won a crucial face-off in the Wild zone, swept around to the front of the net and was robbed of the game-tying goal by a spectacular save from ex-Dallas Star goalie, Manny Fernandez.

Quotes:

“Mike Modano has been key to the penalty kill that has been so good early this season.”

Stars’ announcer Daryl Reaugh


Saturday, October 19 at St. Louis (L, 3-5)

Stat line:

Power play assist

20:57 of ice time, 27 shifts

7:26 power play

2:30 shorthanded

14 of 25 faceoffs won (56%)

Three shots on goal

Notes:

· Starting line featured Brenden Morrow on Modano’s left wing instead of Ulf Dahlen, but on the unit’s second shift, Dahlen was back at his familiar spot with Modano and Guerin.

Quotes:

“It’s been a little frustrating trying to get into the flow of the game (with all the penalties), but (Coach Dave) Tippett has tried to keep everyone in the game. We just have to stay patient. He has brought a relaxed attitude and let’s us get ready on our own. That’s a big difference between a coach that has played (in the NHL) versus one who didn’t.”

Modano during a first intermission interview


Sunday, October 20 vs. Washington (W, 5-2)

Stat line:

Three assists, two on the power play

24:23 of ice time, 34 shifts

4:35 power play

0:46 shorthanded

22 of 34 faceoffs won (64%)

2 shots on goal

Notes:

· For the first time this season, Modano’s line was adjusted with Brendan Morrow playing on his left wing and Ulf Dahlen switching to the right side.

· After a frustrating team performance in St. Louis on Saturday, Modano and other team leaders stepped up their games in front of the home crowd. Modano was buzzing all over the ice determined to keep the momentum on the Stars’ side. An early double minor against the Capitals led to two power play goals with primary assists from Modano, the first to Bill Guerin and the second to Daryl Sydor.

· Demonstrating his unselfish play and team leadership, Modano gave up an easy empty-net goal opportunity by dishing off to Jere Lehtinen who netted the team’s fifth goal of the evening with only 17 second left.

· Mike received the second star of the game.


The Week Ahead

Thursday, October 24 at Calgary (8:00, Ch. 27)

Saturday, October 26 at Vancouver (9:00, Ch. 27)

Monday, October 28 at Edmonton (8:00, FSN)

Be sure to check back Tuesday to read the summary of these games!