Modano day-to-day after tweaking knee

Updated: April 7, 2006, 5:45 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

When Mike Modano left the ice during the second period of Thursday's game against Anaheim, some feared the worst.

Mike Modano
Modano

That's why it was all good news for the Dallas Stars on Friday.

Coach Dave Tippett said Modano "felt fine" and that the forward is day-to-day after tweaking his knee during game action.

"I've spoken to Mike [on Friday morning] and he feels fine," Tippett was quoted as saying on the Stars' Web site. "He just tweaked an old injury, so he will receive some treatment and we'll continue to evaluate him on a day-to-day basis, as usual. It was a scare at the time, but luckily it looks like he's going to be fine."

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 left knee and writhing in pain. The Stars' captain is a six-time All-Star who tops the franchise list in every major offensive category.

The Stars chose to play it safe Friday, keeping Modano out of the team's morning skate.

"I feel alright, I just tweaked it," Modano told reporters. "Everyone keeps telling me it looked worse than it is, so luckily I'm OK. We'll treat it on a day-to-day basis. If it was the playoffs, I'd definitely be in, but we'll see how it feels tomorrow."

The Stars are in Phoenix for Saturday's game against the Coyotes.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.