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Stars 5, Coyotes 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:49 AM

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Stars 5, Coyotes 3
Dallas Stars 5, Phoenix Coyotes 3

Modano makes a difference for Stars over Coyotes

Mike Modano keeps inching closer to an impressive milestone.

Modano had a goal and an assist to move within three points of the NHL record for American-born players Saturday night in the Dallas Stars' 5-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes Saturday night at Jobing.com Arena.

With two more points, Modano can tie Phil Housley's record of 1,232. He scored on the power play in the second period and assisted on Mike Ribeiro's third-period goal.

The 37-year-old Modano, from Livonia, Mich., has played his entire career with the franchise since the Minnesota North Stars made him the top overall pick in the 1988 draft. He made his NHL debut in the 1989-1990 season.

“The flow to the game was good and there was some open ice,” Modano said. “It feels good to go out there and feel like you contributed. It's still small steps that I have to take and it felt like I took one tonight.”

His coach agreed:

"Mike took a step forward tonight," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "I thought our special teams played well and we got a few guys chipping in that gave us a much-needed two points. I thought Matt Niskanen played a great game as well. We came out here looking for a good road win and we got it."

Dallas goalie Mike Smith stopped 28 of 31 shots to earn his second win of the season. Sergei Zubov, Niklas Hagman and Jere Lehtinen also scored for the Stars while Brenden Morrow finished with three assists.

The Stars special teams were excellent as Dallas scored twice with the man-advantage, killed off four Coyotes power plays and scored short-handed in the second period when Stu Barnes hit Hagman breaking free for his team leading sixth goal of the season.

“I felt pretty good tonight and when you see a little open room, you get it in your mind that you're going to get a breakaway.” Hagman said. “The most important thing is to kill the penalty, but if I have a chance like that I'm going to try and score a goal. One of the key points before the game was the special teams and I thought we did a pretty good job with that tonight.”

Ribeiro finished with a goal and two assists to run his point totals against the Coyotes to seven goals and eight assists in the past nine games.

“We knew we had to be ready tonight,” Ribeiro said. “We haven't been playing our best hockey on the road and we got the first goal and from there tried to stay disciplined. Our line is playing well right now and I really enjoy playing with those guys. It was good that other guys like Modano and Hagman pitched in too. If everybody is pitching in like they did tonight we're going to be a tough team to beat.”

Next up for the Stars is a Pacific Division match up with the San Jose Sharks on Monday at American Airlines Center at 7:00p.m. (Versus; WBAP).



scoring summary
1st Period
03:49
DAL
Sergei Zubov (2) ASST: Mike Ribeiro (6)
1 - 0 DAL
12:20
PHX
Shane Doan (1) ASST: Ed Jovanovski (2), Martin Hanzal (4)
1 - 1 Tie
17:56
DAL
PPG - Jere Lehtinen (3) ASST: Brenden Morrow (4), Mike Ribeiro (7)
2 - 1 DAL
2nd Period
08:01
DAL
PPG - Mike Modano (2) ASST: Jere Lehtinen (5), Brenden Morrow (5)
3 - 1 DAL
16:30
PHX
Radim Vrbata (2) ASST: Shane Doan (5), Ed Jovanovski (3)
3 - 2 DAL
18:55
DAL
SHG - Niklas Hagman (6) ASST: Stu Barnes (4), Trevor Daley (4)
4 - 2 DAL
3rd Period
07:22
DAL
Mike Ribeiro (3) ASST: Brenden Morrow (6), Mike Modano (2)
5 - 2 DAL
13:08
PHX
Daniel Carcillo (3) ASST: Steve Reinprecht (4), Shane Doan (6)
5 - 3 DAL
penalty summary
1st Period
17:16
PHX
Daniel Carcillo  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Mike Modano
19:31
PHX
Daniel Carcillo  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Niklas Hagman
19:31
DAL
Niklas Hagman  Slashing against  Daniel Carcillo
19:31
PHX
Daniel Carcillo  Slashing against  Niklas Hagman
2nd Period
03:55
DAL
Todd Fedoruk  Slashing against  Craig Weller
07:38
PHX
Martin Hanzal  Hooking against  Niklas Hagman
08:04
DAL
Jeff Halpern  Tripping against  Peter Mueller
10:55
PHX
Craig Weller  Tripping against  Matt Niskanen
14:06
PHX
Shane Doan  Interference against  Stephane Robidas
17:55
DAL
Philippe Boucher  Tripping against  Steve Reinprecht
19:59
DAL
Mattias Norstrom  Holding against  Martin Hanzal
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Mike Smith
SA: 31TOI: 59:51
Saves: 28EV: 23 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .903SH: 0 - 0
Alex Auld
SA: 25TOI: 58:39
Saves: 20EV: 13 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .800SH: 1 - 2
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