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Mike Modano scores two goals as Stars stretch winning streak to six

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. - The first goal Marty Turco gave up was as ugly as they come. Mike Modano's second looked picture perfect for the surging Dallas Stars.

Dallas' slow start is a thing of the past, and the Pacific Division-leading Stars (13-7-4) are showing signs of being the good team they were expected to be.

Modano scored his second goal of the game 35 seconds into overtime, Turco made 23 saves, and Dallas beat the New York Islanders 3-2 Monday night for the Stars' sixth straight win.

Modano knocked in a rebound from the slot of Stephane Robidas' shot to give the Stars' their first win over the Islanders since March 23, 2001 (1-5-0-1).

"We couldn't have drawn up the game-winner any better," Modano said. "That's the best overtime we've played in a long time."

Jeff Halpern had given Dallas a 2-1 lead in the third period, but that was erased with 2:38 left in regulation when Miroslav Satan tied it for New York with a power-play goal.

Turco made just his second start in six games as Mike Smith has staked his claim to Dallas' No. 1 goalie spot. Turco earned his second straight victory following an 0-1-2 stretch in which he allowed 14 goals.

The Stars have outscored opponents 20-7 during their winning streak and have earned points in eight straight games (6-0-2). Dallas has taken the first two of a six-game road trip, already improving after escaping Madison Square Garden with a 3-2 win Sunday over the New York Rangers when they were decidedly outplayed and outshot.

"When you get on the road it's a little harder to dominate," said Turco, who watched Smith make 39 saves Sunday. "We would like to have better starts. It was better than yesterday, but we'd like to play a full 60 minutes and see what happens if we come out flying and play our game on the road."

Modano, who has eight goals this season and 515 in 18 NHL seasons, got Dallas into a 1-1 tie in the second period after a big gaffe by Turco put the Stars behind. Halpern made it 2-1 when he took a pass from defenceman Sergei Zubov to the right of the Islanders net and slid a shot under the glove of goalie Rick DiPietro at 6:07 of the third for his 100th in the NHL.

"I didn't know until after the game that I got that," Halpern said.

Turco got out with a win despite a goal he surely would like back.

With the Islanders playing short-handed, Richard Park raced alone after a loose puck that slid toward the Dallas end. Turco, never shy about leaving his crease, skated out toward the oncharging Park but didn't get to the puck in time. Park corralled it above the right circle, moved around Turco and stared at an empty net.

Park controlled the puck at the goal line, worked away from Zubov, who tried to cover for Turco, and tucked in a backhander at 9:07.

"We've seen worse," Stars captain Brenden Morrow said with a laugh. "That wasn't that strange for this club. "(The wins) are kind of ugly, they're sloppy, but the goalies are giving us the opportunity to get it back."

Modano tied it 2:30 later, scoring against DiPietro, his U.S. Olympic teammate.

DiPietro had another good performance against the Stars, who beat him for the first time in three outings. He was especially sharp in the third when he made eight of his 28 saves.

The Islanders thought they had the go-ahead goal 4:30 into the third when Chris Simon slammed Mike Comrie's pass into Turco's pads as the goalie slid across the crease. New York captain Bill Guerin raised his arms in celebration, but referee Dean Morton signaled no goal, and the call was upheld by video review.

New York hasn't scored more than two goals in nine consecutive games, going 4-4-1 in that span, and have an NHL-low 51 goals.

"We got a good power-play goal at the end," Comrie said, "but it's disappointing when you give up that point."

Notes: The Islanders failed to score in the first period for the sixth straight game. They have netted only 10 goals in 21 opening frames this season. ... Guerin, who entered with only eight penalty minutes in 19 games, went off for hooking, holding and tripping in the first two periods. ... Dallas was 0-for-5 on the power play after converting 10 of 21 the previous seven games. ... Smith, the NHL's third star last week, is 4-0 with a 1.01 goals-against average in the past four outings. ... The teams hadn't met on Long Island since New York's 4-1 win on Nov. 6, 2003.


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