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Stars 5, Mighty Ducks 3

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:20 AM

Associated Press

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Stars 5, Mighty Ducks 3
Dallas Stars 5, Anaheim Ducks 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Mike Modano was in the dressing room getting treatment for an injured left knee while the rest of the Dallas Stars were wrapping up their seventh division title in nine seasons.

Dallas clinched the Pacific Division crown Thursday night with a 5-3 victory over the second-place Anaheim Mighty Ducks. But the accomplishment was tempered somewhat by the injury to the Stars' captain and leading scorer.

"It wasn't a good feeling for anybody," Stu Barnes said. "As a friend and teammate, you want him to be OK and healthy and in the lineup. Who knows what's going to happen? But obviously he's a huge part of our team, he's our leader, and we want him in there."

Dallas was leading 4-2 when Modano got tangled up with Anaheim forward Jonathan Hedstrom near the Stars' bench while trying to play the puck and crumpled to the ice with 7:12 left in the second period, clutching his knee and writhing in pain. The six-time All-Star tops the franchise list in every major offensive category.

"When any player goes down you get a little scare, but it's not bad at all," coach Dave Tippett said. "He just tweaked an old injury. When I talked to him between periods, he seemed to respond well, so I don't think it's serious at all. I just talked to him and he was planning on skating tomorrow, so there's nothing to be concerned about. I don't think there's much to evaluate."

Modano has missed only 29 games over the last seven seasons, and only one this season.

"We're obviously glad that it's nothing too serious with Mike, but we'll just see how he is Saturday. That's a decision we'll make at game time," Tippett said. "We do have some healthy bodies around, so we're not going to take a chance with anybody and put anybody in a vulnerable situation. But that being said, we want to continue to play well as a team - and he's a big part of our team."

Antti Miettinen and Jussi Jokinen scored power-play goals less than 1 1/2 minutes apart in the second period and Niko Kapanen had two goals, one into an empty net. Niclas Hagman had a short-handed goal for the Stars.

The victory was the Stars' 50th, one shy of the franchise record set in 1998-99 when they won their only Stanley Cup.

"It's something our players can be proud of," Tippett said of the division crown. "What it does is guarantee you're in the playoffs and gives you home ice for the first round. Anytime you win a division title, those are the perks that go with it, and it's a feather in your cap.

"There's a lot of tradition in this organization, and expectations are very high," Tippett added. "The players who come in here deal with those expectations in a positive way, and it pushes people forward. Success is something that is earned, and our players have that kind of mentality."

Anaheim's Andy McDonald scored his 30th goal of the season on a power play. Rob Niedermayer and Joffrey Lupul also scored for the Ducks.

Jokinen triggered a three-goal second period during a two-man advantage, after Niedermayer and brother Scott received hooking penalties 32 seconds apart.

Sergei Zubov's 35-foot slap shot was wide of the net, but Jokinen played the carom off the end boards and tucked his 17th goal inside the right post before goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere could scramble over.

"You can't give a good team like that 5-on-3s," McDonald said. "We didn't get the win, but we played hard and had enough chances to win. You look around the room after the game and everyone's disappointed with the loss, but nobody felt like we were outplayed, or that they took it to us."

Miettinen gave Dallas a 3-2 edge at 4:43 of the period with a one-timer from just inside the blue line. Kapanen gave the Stars a two-goal lead before Anaheim closed to 4-3 on Lupul's 25-foot wrist shot from the right circle two minutes before intermission.

Notes: Modano got an assist on Jokinen's goal and has 69 points and 48 assists in 56 career games against Anaheim - the most points by any opposing player. ... The Ducks lost three times to Dallas during their franchise record-tying eight-game losing streak in November. Since that skid, they are 33-14-8. ... Dallas has allowed more than three goals only once in its last 17 games. ... The Ducks play their next five games on the road before returning to the Pond for the regular-season finale on Apr. 17 against Calgary. ... Dallas is 7-2-2 while RW Bill Guerin has been sidelined by a fractured orbital bone in his right eye. He is expected back in the lineup this weekend.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:01
ANA
Rob Niedermayer (13) Snap shot - ASST: Jeff Friesen (6), Todd Marchant (23)
1 - 0 ANA
12:29
DAL
SHG - Niklas Hagman (7) Slapshot - ASST: NONE
1 - 1 Tie
19:15
ANA
PPG - Andy McDonald (30) Snap shot - ASST: Joffrey Lupul (25), Ryan Getzlaf (21)
2 - 1 ANA
2nd Period
03:19
DAL
PPG - Jussi Jokinen (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Sergei Zubov (54), Mike Modano (47)
2 - 2 Tie
04:43
DAL
PPG - Antti Miettinen (10) Slapshot - ASST: Philippe Boucher (24), Stephane Robidas (12)
3 - 2 DAL
08:41
DAL
Niko Kapanen (12) Slapshot - ASST: Stu Barnes (20), Niklas Hagman (11)
4 - 2 DAL
18:00
ANA
Joffrey Lupul (26) Slapshot - ASST: Ruslan Salei (18)
4 - 3 DAL
3rd Period
19:21
DAL
EN - Niko Kapanen (13) Slapshot - ASST: Stu Barnes (21)
5 - 3 DAL
penalty summary
1st Period
11:47
DAL
Stu Barnes  Hi-sticking
15:35
ANA
Vitaly Vishnevski  Hooking
18:18
DAL
Sergei Zubov  Interference
19:15
DAL
Jon Klemm  Cross checking
19:36
ANA
Corey Perry  Tripping
2nd Period
02:04
ANA
Rob Niedermayer  Hooking
02:36
ANA
Scott Niedermayer  Hooking
03:25
ANA
Ruslan Salei  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
09:56
DAL
Mathias Tjarnqvist  Tripping
12:03
ANA
Scott Niedermayer  Cross checking
14:07
ANA
Sean O'Donnell  Cross checking
14:07
DAL
Brenden Morrow  Slashing
14:59
ANA
Francois Beauchemin  Unsportsmanlike conduct
14:59
DAL
Philippe Boucher  Unsportsmanlike conduct
14:59
DAL
Willie Mitchell  Holding
19:00
DAL
Jason Arnott  Hi-sticking
3rd Period
00:28
ANA
Teemu Selanne  Tripping
13:01
DAL
Niklas Hagman  Hooking
goalie stats
Marty Turco
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
Saves: 32EV: 25 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .914SH: 1 - 1
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 27TOI: 58:36
Saves: 23EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .852SH: 0 - 1
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