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Modano's goal with 2-man edge lifts Stars over Canucks

DALLAS (AP) -- Dallas coach Dave Tippett knows they're not the
prettiest nine games he's seen. But the Stars aren't complaining.

Mike Modano scored the decisive goal and Marty Turco had 33
saves as the Stars beat the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 Monday night to
give Dallas its best start in franchise history.

"No matter what we do sometimes, we look like the Keystone Kops
out there," Tippett said. "But luckily we did enough to win."

Modano, who had a goal nullified earlier, scored at 8:33 of the
third when Dallas had a 5-on-3 advantage. He scooped up a rebound
off a shot from Eric Lindros and beat Vancouver's Roberto Luongo.
Niklas Hagman scored the Stars' first goal 2:24 into the game.

Dallas (8-1-0) topped the mark it set in 1971 when the franchise
was in Minneapolis. It was 7-1-1 that season.

"It doesn't feel like we're running over teams," Turco said.
"But we're coming out on top in the end, and that's all that
matters."

The Stars have played six of their first nine games on the road,
and this was their third contest in four nights.

Dallas struggled to muster a rhythm through two periods. The
Stars took just 12 shots on goal through two periods, and went
without a shot in the first 14 minutes of the second.

Turco even lost his stick twice during the game. But both times
he was able to thwart Vancouver scoring attempts.

"We were sluggish to start with," Tippett said. "We were not
getting to loose pucks and we were a step behind. But we battled
and these are two quality points for us."

Turco bested Luongo, who had 24 saves for Vancouver.

Vancouver's Daniel Sedin scored on the first shot of the game.
But that was all the Canucks could muster against Turco, who came
into the game with the league's best goals-against average.

Turco (7-1-0) is also tied for the NHL lead in wins. He got some
help late from Sergei Zubov.

With the puck behind Turco, Dallas' Zubov stuck his stick out
and stuffed Ryan Kesler's rebound attempt before the puck crossed
the red line with 30.4 seconds remaining.

"We met a hot goaltender who made great saves," Vancouver
coach Alain Vigneault said. "But you have to find a way to put the
puck in the net."

The Canucks did not score in the third despite having four power
plays, including two in the first 6 minutes.

Modano's goal was set up when Kesler and Kevin Bieksa were
called for penalties 20 seconds apart. Dallas got four shots off
before Modano scored.

"We were in their zone most of the time," Luongo said. "So we
were feeling pretty good. It was just unfortunate they got that
five-on-three."

Modano had a goal nullified midway through the second when
officials called Jere Lehtinen for a hand pass.

Game notes
There was an announced attendance of 16,639, but a little
more than half of the seats were occupied. Monday's night's game
between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants was being played
a few miles away in Irving. ... Hagman's third goal of the season
gave him 100 career points. ... Vancouver's Markus Naslund has 99
power-play goals -- three shy of the franchise record.