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Mike Modano's 513th career goal helps Stars to 2-1 victory over Ducks

DALLAS - The Dallas Stars honoured Mike Modano in pre-game ceremonies for another career milestone, then he again showed what the fuss was all about.

Modano's third-period goal - No. 513 - extended his record for U.S.-born NHL players, and Niklas Hagman scored 41 seconds later on the same power play as the Stars ended Anaheim's four-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory over the Ducks on Wednesday night.

The Stars paid tribute to Modano for surpassing Phil Housley's points record of 1,232 for U.S.-born players. Modano received several gifts from the club while surrounded by family and friends.

"It was a big thrill," Modano said. "A lot of people who influenced me and were big parts of my life were here. The list is a mile long."

The tying goal against the Ducks stretched Modano's career point total to 1,239. Modano set the mark on Nov. 7 at San Jose, and Housley and former U.S.-born goal-scoring leader Joe Mullen were on hand for the ceremony on Wednesday night.

"The guys talked this morning about the great gifts he would get, but the one gift he could give us back was to play a heck of a game, and I thought he played really well," Stars coach Dave Tippett said.

Dallas trailed 1-0 after two periods, and Modano came out of the dressing room determined to get his team going.

"Mo led the charge," Stars goalie Mike Smith said.

Scoring chances were at a premium in the matchup of tight-checking teams, and Dallas received a two-man advantage for 45 seconds of the third period with Anaheim's Mathieu Schneider and Travis Moen in the penalty box for delay of game.

Modano tied it at 1 with a one-timer from the right circle at 7:35 for his sixth goal of the season, beating goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Sergei Zubov set up Modano, earning his 600th NHL assist.

"It was tight. There weren't many opportunities out there," Modano said. "We said let's just get the first one (goal) and tie it up. When we did, the momentum changed."

Giguere had little chance on Modano's goal.

"This was (Modano's) big night," Schneider said. "That (shot) was a rocket. (Giguere) didn't have a chance. I thought we played 60 great minutes. So did they. I thought we deserved better."

The Stars' remaining advantage carried over, and Hagman gave Dallas a 2-1 edge with a rebound goal at 8:16 of the third period, Hagman's team-high 10th of the season.

Smith made 17 saves in his third straight start for the Stars, 3-0-1 since last week's front-office shake-up by owner Tom Hicks.

The victory gave the Stars 24 points, moving them one behind first-place San Jose in the Pacific Division.

Smith, the backup for Marty Turco, has allowed only two goals in those three starts and Tippett has been going with the hot goalie.

Smith had to make a series of tough stops in the final 40 seconds after Dallas' Stephane Robidas went to the penalty box for hooking. Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle pulled Giguere to give his team a 6-on-4 skating edge, but Smith hung on to preserve the victory.

"It got loud there the last minute or so, and at the end there was a sigh of relief," Smith said. "We found a way to get a win. It was a great effort for our team."

Giguere stopped 22 shots, and Corey Perry scored his fourth goal in six games for the Ducks.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Ducks had recovered from a 4-7-2 start with their four-game winning streak, but they've lost all three meetings with the Stars this season.

Perry struck on the power play for his 12th goal to give Anaheim a 1-0 first-period lead.

Stars defenceman Trevor Daley went to the penalty box for hooking at 6:47, and Perry scored from close range seven seconds later.

Notes: RW Todd Bertuzzi was back in the Anaheim lineup after missing 14 games due to a concussion. ... Dallas has converted five of its last 10 power-play chances. ... Tippett earned his 200th NHL coaching victory (200-104-45).


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