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Stars halt 3-game skid with win over Avs

DALLAS (AP) -- The Stars need their power play operating at a
high level if they hope to make some noise in the playoffs.

Dallas' slumping power play produced goals by Mike Modano,
Philippe Boucher and Brenden Morrow as the Stars stopped a
three-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the Colorado
Avalanche on Saturday night.

Modano and Boucher converted on two of Dallas' first three
power-play chances after the Stars had gone 1-for-17 with the
advantage in their previous three games.

"It comes and goes," said Modano, who had two goals and an
assist. "It's been a roller-coaster situation with us. But if we
continue to do the things we do, the puck will find its way
through."

Morrow's power-play goal in the final minute sealed the win for
Dallas after Colorado narrowed a three-goal deficit to 4-3.

Jussi Jokinen had a goal and two assists, and Sergei Zubov added
two assists for the Stars.

Marty Turco made 14 saves for the Stars, who allowed six goals
in each of their previous three games.

"It wasn't pretty," Boucher said of the three-game skid that
matched Dallas' longest of the season. "It was actually kind of
embarrassing. It was nice to have a good answer."

Brett McLean, Milan Hejduk and Rob Blake scored for Colorado,
which had won five of six.

Modano deflected Zubov's power-play shot off the glove of
Avalanche goaltender Peter Budaj and into the net at 6:45 of the
first period. It was Modano's 20th goal.

Dallas cashed in on its third power play of the first period
when Boucher notched his 13th goal on a one-timer from just inside
the blue line at 15:25.

"Things haven't gone the way we would have liked," Stars coach
Dave Tippett said. "We needed our best players to step up and be
counted and drag everybody else through."

Colorado got on the scoreboard with 19 seconds left in the
opening period when McLean scored from the slot after skating
around Boucher.

Jokinen made it 3-1 at 14:12 of the period, scoring from low in
the left circle after Modano's setup. Modano then scored on a
deflection at 15:26 to give Dallas a three-goal edge.

But third-period, power-play goals by Hejduk at 10:10 and Blake
at 13:36 pulled Colorado within 4-3.

"I felt like at the end we had the momentum," Hejduk said.
"We created some scoring chances but in the end it was not
enough."

Morrow's power-play rebound with 29 seconds remaining gave the
Stars a two-goal lead as Dallas improved to 21-10-1 at home.

Game notes
The Stars recognized their four Finnish players -- Jokinen,
Jere Lehtinen, Niko Kapanen and Niklas Hagman -- for winning the
Olympic silver medal in men's hockey. A video presentation was
shown in the first period. ... Modano reached the 20-goal mark for
the 14th time. He has 132 power-play goals, second in franchise
history behind Brian Bellows' 134. ... Budaj had allowed six goals
in his three previous games against Dallas. ... Colorado began a
stretch in which it will play nine of 10 games on the road.