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Dallas at San Jose

Modano scores twice; Dallas wins in San Jose for sixth consecutive time

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Just how much do Sharks fans dislike Dallas? Enough to boo the word "star" both times it's sung in the pregame rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner.

Yet home ice is no advantage for the San Jose Sharks in this lively rivalry. Mike Modano made himself at home away from home again Thursday night, and the Pacific Division race got another bit tighter.

Modano scored his second goal with 7:06 left, and the Stars improbably won in San Jose for the sixth consecutive time, 4-2 against the slumping Sharks.

Marty Turco made 28 saves, Niklas Hagman also scored and Jeff Halpern added an insurance goal with 2:09 remaining for the Stars, who won for only the third time in 10 games overall.

Though coach Dave Tippett still is trying to figure out what makes his club so inconsistent, Dallas' slumps are no match for a trip at the Shark Tank, where the Stars have won in all three visits this season -- despite being winless in three games against the Sharks back home in Big D.

"Just call us the San Jose Stars," Modano said jokingly. "I don't know why we play so well (here). It's a great crowd. They're really supportive, and they really get into the game. They're fun to play in front of. It's usually a fun and revved-up game."

Modano became the NHL's leading American-born scorer with another two-goal game at the Shark Tank on Nov. 7. The veteran has only three multigoal games all season, but he's plenty comfortable on San Jose's rutted ice.

"Our first couple of shifts, we weren't playing hard, and then it kicked in," Turco said. "When certain players begin to play hard, it's inspiring. It was a treat to watch us play."

The victory pulled the Stars even with the Sharks in the division standings, only one point behind first-place Anaheim. Dallas finished up a five-game road trip with only two victories, but has a four-game homestand before the All-Star break next weekend.

"It's weird how this series has gone," Tippett said. "I hope we can break the streak someday at home. It's a logjam at the top (of the division), and we're in the middle. It's going to continue to be a battle for spots."

Joe Thornton and Milan Michalek scored for the Sharks, who have lost three straight -- all to division rivals -- after winning seven of their previous eight. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 27 shots, but only Montreal has fewer home victories than the Sharks' eight.

"Again, we're struggling with our style of play at home," defenseman Craig Rivet said. "Right now, it's a bit lackadaisical. ... They worked harder, and they deserved it."

San Jose has three more home games before the All-Star break, and several players cited this meeting with Dallas and a Saturday night visit from NHL-leading Detroit as an important measure of their progress.

"If we keep playing this way, we'll get the same results," Thornton said.

After Michalek and Hagman each scored their 16th goals in the first period, Modano put the Stars ahead late in the second on a fine pass from Loui Eriksson from behind the net. The goal snapped a nine-game drought for Modano.

Thornton tied it early in the third period when his attempt at a pass to Steve Bernier ricocheted off defenseman Matt Niskanen's stick and landed behind Turco. The goal was Thornton's second in two games after going 14 games without a goal.

Both teams had good scoring chances before Modano ripped his 14th goal of the season through traffic.

"A team like that, that's been on the road a while, you want to squeeze the life out of them, and we didn't get it done," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "You want to have a better performance, considering they're a little road-weary and probably a little desperate, and we didn't match it."

Notes

  • Stars D Sergei Zubov missed the third period after injuring his foot, Tippett said.
  • Sharks D Craig Rivet pummeled Trevor Daley in a first-period fight instigated by the Dallas defenseman, who got 17 minutes in penalties.
  • Nabokov, the soon-to-be All-Star, started each of the club's first 43 games before getting a night off last Sunday at Anaheim. After rookie Thomas Greiss lost his NHL debut to the Ducks, Nabokov yielded five goals Tuesday in Phoenix during one of his worst starts of the season.
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Mike Modano fires the puck past a sliding Joe Pavelski to score his second of two goals.  (US Presswire)
Mike Modano fires the puck past a sliding Joe Pavelski to score his second of two goals. (US Presswire)

Scoreboard
Dallas  (26-18-5) «1124
San Jose (25-14-7)1012
Three Stars
M. Modano
DAL


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
N. Hagman
DAL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
M. Michalek
SJ


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
06:11Milan Michalek (16), Slap Shot. Assist: Curtis Brown, Alexei Semenov
10:47Niklas Hagman (16), Snap Shot. Assist: Loui Eriksson, Joel Lundqvist
2ND PERIOD
14:51Mike Modano (13), Wrist Shot. Assist: Loui Eriksson, Niklas Hagman
3RD PERIOD
03:23Joe Thornton (15), Tip-In. Assist: Milan Michalek
12:54Mike Modano (14), Slap Shot. Assist: Niklas Hagman, Stephane Robidas
17:51Jeff Halpern (10), Slap Shot. Assist: Mike Ribeiro, Brenden Morrow
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:57Semenov, 2 min, Hooking
18:19Rivet, 5 min, Fighting
18:19Daley, 5 min, Fighting
18:19Daley, 2 min, Instigator
18:19Daley, 10 min, Game Misconduct
20:00Pavelski, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
2ND PERIOD
10:32Robidas, 2 min, Tripping
16:10Semenov, 2 min, Holding
18:18Mitchell, 2 min, Hooking
3RD PERIOD
03:54Halpern, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
 123T
Dallas519731
San Jose1091130
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Marty Turco59:30282
Evgeni Nabokov59:31274
Game Information
Attendance - 17496
Referees - Mick McGeough, Greg Kimmerly
Linesmen - Thor Nelson, Mark Wheler
 
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