COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- It's taken 37 games for the Dallas Stars
to top the .500 mark. Now they're shooting a lot higher.
"We've had a lot of pressure on us," Morrow said after the
Stars improved to 17-16-4-0. "We've not met expectations. But now
we're getting some effort back. We weren't getting any breaks, but
now we are."
Modano, who scored eight seconds into the game, and Morrow each
have at least one point in those last four wins. Morrow has goals
in the last four.
Defensemen Richard Matvichuk and Teppo Numminen also had goals
for the Stars, who won despite not having a shot on goal in the
third period. Columbus had just four, setting a franchise record
for fewest shots by both teams in a period.
The Stars -- and goaltender Marty Turco -- had their streak of
allowing one goal or less stopped at seven games, one off the team
"The type of streak he's on is tough to keep up," Modano said
of Turco. "He's done more than enough to help us win some games.
It's time we did something for him."
After the opening puck was dropped, the Stars made three routine
passes before Modano netted his eighth goal of the season. The goal
was the second-fastest in Dallas history, a second off the record
set five years ago by Joe Nieuwendyk -- and tied for the
ninth-fastest ever in the NHL. It was also the quickest goal ever
surrendered by the Blue Jackets.
Modano's shot came from just inside the blue line on the left
wing and clanked in off the far post, beating Blue Jackets
goaltender Fred Brathwaite on the glove side.
"It was a bit of a knuckler," Modano said. "I don't know if
it moved a little. I caught it on the edge and I caught a pretty
good piece of it."
Morrow then redirected Philippe Boucher's slap shot for his
ninth on the power play. The Stars were 1-for-3 on the power play
after coming in ranked 27th in the NHL in converting man-advantage
opportunities on the road.
Columbus pulled to 2-1 on a highlight-reel goal by Zherdev. The
Russian rookie, still dealing with possible problems regarding
military obligations in his home country, skated from the left dot
through the high slot and whipped a wrister past Turco.
Just over a minute later the Stars made it 3-1. Numminen scored
on a soft goal, his unobstructed slap shot from the point trickling
between Brathwaite's leg pads. It was the defenseman's first goal
in a Stars uniform since being acquired in an offseason trade with
Modano's goal "should not happen," a disgusted Brathwaite
said. "From there they kept coming at us and made it 2-0. Then we
get back in the game and their third one, that puck can't go in.
We're starting to work hard and take it to them and they get a weak
goal like that."
Marc Denis replaced Brathwaite in goal to start the second
"We battled back, but I'm getting sick and tired of pulling
goaltenders," Blue Jackets coach Doug MacLean said.
After Rob DiMaio fed Matvichuk on a backdoor jam shot to make it
4-1, Nash scored in his third game in a row when he wristed it in
from the right dot through heavy traffic.
"He was drafted where he was for a reason," Turco said of
Nash, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2002. "It was a good shot.
I've not been beaten clean in a long time."
Pirjeta's second goal pulled the Blue Jackets within a goal with
6:44 left, but the Stars and Turco sealed off the defensive end.
Dallas RW Jere Lehtinen missed his second game with the flu
and C Jason Arnott was scratched with an ankle injury. ... Three
players hold the record for the fastest goal at the start of a
game: 5 seconds. Alexander Mogilny is the last to do it, for
Buffalo in 1991 against Toronto. ... The Stars killed three
penalties, running their streak to 38 in a row.