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Modano Weekly Wrap-Up: Tuesday, November 12

With three assists this past week, Mike Modano moved to within three of the 1,000 career assist mark.  The week started off with a bang as Modano scored on his first shot of the game Wednesday against Vancouver at the 1:15 mark to start a dominating performance by the Stars ending in a 4-0 victory at home.  Ed Belfour returned to Dallas on Friday as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs and left with a 2-1 loss.  The week ended Sunday with the start of a three-game road trip and a loss to the New York Islanders, 3-2.  Main wingers alongside Modano were once again Ulf Dahlen and Scott Young.

Wednesday, November 6 vs. Vancouver (W, 4-0)

Stat line:
Two goals (one shorthanded), one assist
Plus/minus: +2
18:07 of ice time, 24 shifts
 1:54 power play
 2:50 shorthanded
8 of 22 faceoffs won (36%)
Two shots on goal

• Modano’s two goals on two shots meant three consecutive goals on three consecutive shots dating back to the previous game in Detroit where he recorded one goal on one shot.
• Both goals were set-up with steals by Modano, the second one shorthanded at the 19:15 mark of the second period.
• Modano appeared on the home game program for the first time this season.
• Named No. 1 star of the game.
• Modano moved into the top-5 in NHL scoring with his 18th point.


“The longevity and consistency throughout his career has put him in this position.  He’s been fun to watch.”
 Modano on Emmitt Smith, who was honored before the game for becoming the NFL’s all-time leading rusher

“He feels good about his game right now.  I think a lot of it has to do with the team.  He feels like this team has a chance to win…and great players, that’s what they play for.”
  Stars head coach Dave Tippett on Modano

Friday, November 8 vs. Toronto (W, 2-1)

Stat line:
Plus/minus: E
22:46 of ice time, 26 shifts
 5:41 power play
 1:07 shorthanded
11 of 26 faceoffs won (42%)
Two shots on goal

• In the third period, Rob DiMaio took Scott Young’s place on Modano’s right wing.

“Eddie meant a lot to this organization and helped us win divisional titles, conference titles and the Stanley Cup.  Tonight’s game has been a little hyped up because of that and he’s a competitor, so we expected him to play well.”
  Modano on the return of Ed Belfour to Dallas

Sunday, November 10 at New York Islanders (L, 2-3)

Stat line:
Two assists
Plus/minus: -1
22:13 of ice time, 27 shifts
 6:21 power play
 2:17 shorthanded
7 of 24 faceoffs won (29%)
Two shots on goal

• Former regular linemate, Jere Lehtinen, was the recipient of two Modano feeds for both Dallas goals, one on the power play after a perfect cross-ice pass from Pierre Turgeon and one at even strength from behind the net off Sergei Zubov’s skate.

“We’ve dominated a lot of games and felt like we did enough to win again tonight.”
  Modano after the Stars lost for the third time after posting 40 or more shots on goal

The Week Ahead

Tuesday, November 12 at Montreal (FSN, 6:30)
Wednesday, November 13 at Washington (Ch. 27, 6:00)
Friday, November 15 vs. Colorado (Ch. 27, 7:30)
Sunday, November 17 vs. Columbus (Ch. 27, 6:00)