DALLAS (AP) -- Mike Modano scored his first power-play goal in
1988 while playing for the Minnesota North Stars. He finally broke
the franchise record 17 years later -- long after the team moved to
Modano notched his 135th man-advantage goal at 6:18 of the
middle frame. He beat Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff on a
one-timer from the slot to move in front of Brian Bellows on the
team's career list and give the Stars a 2-1 lead.
"It's something I've known I was creeping up on," said Modano,
who hasn't played for any other NHL franchise. "It's been fun
chasing these numbers and breaking records. I'm fortunate enough to
be around long enough to accumulate those numbers and have great
players around you to reach those goals."
Jason Arnott snapped a 2-all tie with his 28th goal of the
season early in the second period and the Stars held on to win for
the 10th time in 12 games.
Marty Turco stopped 17 shots for Dallas, which stretched its
Pacific Division advantage over Anaheim to 13 points.
Turco set a single-season franchise record with his NHL-high
38th victory, coming up with key third-period saves on rebound
attempts by Byron Ritchie and Jarome Iginla.
"He's had a very good year," Stars coach Dave Tippett said.
"The number he cares most about is wins. The other numbers are
inconsequential. That's a credit to him; 38 wins is a lot of
Turco (2003-04) and Ed Belfour (1997-98) shared the previous
mark of 37 wins.
"We showed a lot of character today," Turco said. "Calgary
brings it on every shift. We'll definitely take the two points."
Jamie Lundmark and Jordan Leopold had power-play goals for
Calgary, which has lost five of seven and failed to extend its lead
in the Northwest Division.
But the Stars negated nine other power-play opportunities by the
Flames in a physical game that included 28 penalties.
"We got two power-play goals but it's not really about
percentages," Iginla said. "As a group it's about finding the big
goal. We had chances, especially late, to get the equalizer, and we
couldn't cash in."
"We won't be successful in a playoff game like that," Tippett
said. "We'll take the win and learn from our mistakes. It's easy
to whine and cry. But we'll whine and cry our way right out of the
playoffs if we do that."
Lundmark converted Leopold's centering pass at 10:56 of the
first period for the game's first goal, but the Flames -- who went
2-4-1 on their seven-game road trip -- felt they could have had
"We wanted to put a good string together," Iginla said. "We
didn't do that. Now it's about winning the next game. It's crunch
time. A lot of teams are desperate. This will be a dogfight."
Dallas tied it at 1 while on the penalty kill when Kapanen
knocked in a rebound at 1:52 of the second period.
Modano gave the Stars their first lead, but Leopold connected on
the power play 28 seconds later to tie it at 2 with his second goal
of the season.
Arnott's goal on an individual rush up the left side gave Dallas
a 3-2 advantage.
Calgary lost three of four to Dallas this season. ...
Arnott has 68 points to match his career high set in the 1993-94
season for the Edmonton Oilers. ... Calgary LW Marcus Nilson left
in the first period with a knee injury and didn't return. Flames
coach Darryl Sutter had no details on Nilson's condition.
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Arena: American Airlines Center Location: Dallas, Texas
Referees: Chris Rooney, Rob Shick Linesmen: Ryan Galloway, Jonny Murray
Attendance: 18,584 (100.3% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Jamie Lundmark (7)
(Power Play) Assist: Jordan Leopold
Niko Kapanen (10)
(Shorthanded) Assists: Niklas Hagman, Jon Klemm
Mike Modano (27)
(Power Play) Assists: Antti Miettinen, Sergei Zubov
Jordan Leopold (2)
(Power Play) Assists: Jarome Iginla, Kristian Huselius
Jason Arnott (28)
Assists: Stu Barnes, Brenden Morrow