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Stars are 9-0-3 since losing on Dec. 26

DALLAS (AP) -- There's something about the Columbus Blue Jackets
that brings out the best in Scott Young.

Young bailed the Dallas Stars out of a tense situation by
turning a steal into a short-handed goal midway through a
five-minute penalty kill early in the third period, protecting a
lead that turned into a 4-2 victory Wednesday night.

The Stars stretched their unbeaten streak to 12 and Young upped
his career goal total against Columbus to 12 in 13 games. It's the
most by any opponent in the Blue Jackets' 2½ year history. Young
has 10 goals this season, with two coming in three games against
Columbus.

"Younger's goal was huge for us, and that whole kill was big
because it gave us the mental edge in the third period," Dallas
coach Dave Tippett said.

The Stars were up 2-1 when Brenden Morrow received a major
penalty and a game misconduct for ramming into Duvie Westcott from
behind. Columbus ended up not even getting off a shot during that
span and came out of it down by two goals.

Young's play started when he snagged the puck from Derrick
Walser at the blue line. He skated in untouched and beat goalie
Marc Denis.

"It was an easy pass, and I missed it," Walser said. "It went
off the heel of my stick and it went about a foot. It happens, but
you don't want to contribute to a goal like that."

Mike Modano also had a special night, tying Neal Broten for the
most games in franchise history (992), then breaking Broten's
assist record by helping set up a goal by Bill Guerin in the second
period.

Modano, who also assisted on Dallas' fourth goal, already held
club records for goals, points, game-winners and short-handed
goals.

"There's a lot of movement of players nowadays, and I've been
lucky to hang around here," said Modano, whose NHL career began
when the franchise was the Minnesota North Stars. "It's special."

The Western Conference-leading Stars are 9-0-3 since losing in
Nashville on Dec. 26. It's the longest unbeaten streak in the NHL
this season and the third-best in franchise history. Dallas is
three games from matching its best run, which came during the
1998-99 Stanley Cup-winning season.

Dallas' Ron Tugnutt, making his second start against the team he
spent the last two seasons with, stopped 17 of 19 shots. It was
much better than his previous attempt against the Blue Jackets,
when he gave up four goals on 28 shots in a 4-2 loss.

"I lost in their building earlier in the year and that bothered
me, so I was hoping I'd get another chance here," Tugnutt said.
"I'm pleased."

Tugnutt already was scheduled to start this game, but Dallas had
little choice when All-Star Marty Turco was suspended for one game
for high-sticking Colorado's Peter Forsberg in the first period
Monday night. No penalty was assessed on the play, but the
punishment came down Tuesday.

The Blue Jackets fell to 4-4 since general manager Doug MacLean
fired Dave King and took over as coach. They were coming off a
victory in Chicago that ended a three-game losing streak.

This hard-hitting game featured a game misconduct, an official
knocked off his skates and driven into the ice and a check that
split a board and cracked the glass _ and that was just the final
10 minutes of the second period, before Morrow's penalty. More
punches were thrown later in the third, with Westcott involved in
two late brawls.

Columbus led 1-0 in the first period on the first career goal by
David Ling. Guerin's goal tied it, then a one-timer by rookie Niko
Kapanen put Dallas ahead. It was his fourth of the season, and the
first that wasn't against Colorado's Patrick Roy.

The Blue Jackets made it 3-2 on a power-play goal by Mike
Sillinger midway through the third, but Dallas' John Erskine
answered 49 seconds later with his first career goal, restoring a
two-goal lead.

"This was a very frustrating game," said Denis, who gave up
all four Dallas goals and has allowed 22 in five games. "We played
the game we wanted, but some unfortunate bounces ended up in the
back of our net."

Game notes
Both of Modano's assists came on faceoffs. ... Jaroslav
Spacek assisted on both Columbus goals, giving him points in seven
straight games, extending his own club record for a defenseman. ...
The Stars have won five straight at American Airlines Center and
are unbeaten in seven straight at home. For the season, Dallas is
16-1-3-1 there.