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Modano gives Stars shootout win over Avalanche

Dec 6, 2008 - 6:15 AM
By John Tranchina PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

DALLAS (Ticker) -- With all the negative attention swirling around them the last few days, the Dallas Stars deserve credit for blocking out the distractions and doing their talking on the ice.

In Dallas' first game since learning left wing Sean Avery would be suspended for four more games for inappropriate comments made three days earlier, Mike Modano scored the decisive goal in the fourth round of the shootout Friday, leading the Stars to a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

Toby Petersen tallied in regulation and Marty Turco made 26 saves for Dallas, which has won four of its last six games.

"We had a lot of guys compete very hard, and Marty was excellent tonight," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "Toby's speed and tenacity are big assets, and he is very valuable in what we're doing here."

"(Turco) made some huge saves to keep us in it and obviously came up huge in the shootout," Petersen said. "We're turning a corner here. We're starting to play as a team and make things happen. Shootouts haven't been our strongest suit this year, so it was good to get a win in the shootout."

The win was Dallas' first in three tries in the bonus format this season.

Marek Svatos scored with 56 seconds remaining in the third period to earn a point for the Avalanche, who had won three of five.

"It was a big tying goal," Svatos said. "We needed a point. Too bad we didn't get the other. It was a big game. We played well. Too bad we didn't bury the chances that we had."

"We had to work for 60 minutes to get a point," Colorado coach Tony Granato added. "Turco was very good. They've said he's been struggling. We didn't see that tonight. (But) to find a way to get a point shows a lot of resolve."

The injury-depleted Stars improved to 2-1-0 since Avery's deplorable remarks as they try to rebound from a sub-par start to the season that had them last overall in the Western Conference entering Friday.

"It's very much needed right now," Modano said. "We're fighting and clawing for every point, so this was big. (The incident) has been a strong rallying point for us. We knew we needed to play solid hockey and try and build some momentum."

Turco was less than a minute away from posting his first shutout since blanking Colorado on March 9, a span of 33 games. But with goaltender Peter Budaj pulled for an extra attacker, Colorado tied it with just 55.5 seconds left in regulation.

After a scoreless overtime, Wojtek Wolski gave Colorado a 1-0 edge in the shootout by making a nifty move and stuffing the puck around a sprawled Turco in the first round. Mike Ribeiro kept alive Dallas' chances by beating Budaj to the stick side in the third round, and Modano ripped a scorching wrist shot over the netminder's glove on the Stars' fourth attempt for a 2-1 advantage.

Turco then denied Ryan Smyth's backhander to clinch the triumph.

"The focus is there and has been growing over the last week," Turco said. "It's an awesome sign, even despite a late goal. In the short term, if you get on a streak or start collecting points with regularity, it certainly helps."

After going 49 NHL games - including the playoffs - without a goal, Petersen netted his third in the last four contests less than eight minutes into the second period to snap a scoreless tie. Two minutes after Svatos fired a shot over Turco's shoulder and off the crossbar, Modano unleashed a wrister from the top of the right circle that was deflected between Budaj's pads by Petersen at 7:57 for a 1-0 lead.

"When your linemate gets the puck, you just want to get in front of the net and create some traffic, and that's exactly what happened when Mo put it on net," Petersen said. "Anytime you get on the ice with Mike Modano, it's going to make your game better. He's got such great vision."

With the Avalanche pressing late, they got the equalizer in the final minute of the third. Just 36 seconds after an apparent goal by Paul Stastny was waved off after a video review, he collected the puck behind the and backhanded it in front to Svatos, who chipped it over Turco's right shoulder for his fifth goal of the season.

"We showed a lot of fight," Budaj said. "Dallas played pretty well and Marty made some big saves. It's a big point for us. We battled against a great team. It's a point we deserved to get."

Budaj made 23 saves.






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    COLORADO 0 0 1 0 (1) 1
    DALLAS 0 1 0 0 (2) 2 FINAL IN SHOOTOUT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: DAL - TOBY PETERSEN 3 (MIKE MODANO, MATT NISKANEN) 7:57
    3RD PRD: COL - MAREK SVATOS 5 (PAUL STASTNY, RYAN SMYTH) 19:04
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    COLORADO 0 0 1 0 1
    DALLAS 0 1 0 0 1 END OF OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: DAL - TOBY PETERSEN 3 (MIKE MODANO, MATT NISKANEN) 7:57
    3RD PRD: COL - MAREK SVATOS 5 (PAUL STASTNY, RYAN SMYTH) 19:04
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    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: DAL - TOBY PETERSEN 3 (MIKE MODANO, MATT NISKANEN) 7:57
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    3RD PRD: COL - MAREK SVATOS 5 (PAUL STASTNY, RYAN SMYTH) 19:04

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    COLORADO 0 0 0
    DALLAS 0 1 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: DAL - TOBY PETERSEN 3 (MIKE MODANO, MATT NISKANEN) 7:57
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    GOALIES: COL - PET

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    1ST PRD: NONE
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