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Modano scores 400th career goal

DALLAS (AP) -- At a young 31, Mike Modano figures to put up some
blockbuster numbers before his career is over.

Modano became the fourth United States-born player to reach the
league's 400-goal mark in the Dallas Stars' 2-1 victory over the
Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday night.

"It's a great accomplishment," teammate Joe Nieuwendyk said.
"I think he can do a lot more. He's a great player who's going to
accomplish a lot of things before he's done."

Modano, the Stars' all-time leading scorer, notched his 18th of
the season and the tying goal at 12:12 of the second period,
knocking in the rebound of Brad Lukowich's shot from the point.

Joe Mullen, Pat LaFontaine and Jeremy Roenick are the other
American-born players with 400 goals.

"Joey and Pat paved the way for American-born players," Modano
said. "The guys behind me -- Billy Guerin and Tony Amonte -- are
also going to get it. There's a good stretch of American-born
players now. It's been an honor to be a part of the growth of the
game in the United States."

Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said Modano will rate as one of the
game's greats when his career is over.

"When it's all said and done, he'll be in elite company as a
forward," Hitchcock said. "He'll also be measured by
championships and on our team's success."

Modano had gone four games without a point, and was pressing to
reach the milestone.

"It's nice to get it over with," he said. "I've been chasing
those numbers for a couple of years now. Hopefully I'll be able to
put up some numbers that nobody can catch. This is right up there
for me."

Nieuwendyk's power-play goal with 9:08 remaining was the
game-winner. Nieuwendyk converted Pierre Turgeon's centering pass
while Atlanta's Hnat Domenichelli was serving a five-minute
slashing major. It was Nieuwendyk's 15th of the season.

Domenichelli, trying to clear the puck out of the corner,
accidentally slashed Lukowich. He also received a game misconduct.
Lukowich suffered a fractured left ring finger and could miss
several games, although he did return to the ice for the game's
final two minutes.

"It was obviously unintentional," Domenichelli said. "I was
just trying to swing the puck out of the zone. The next thing I
knew I was kicked out of the game."

Thrashers coach Curt Fraser was surprised at the severity of the
penalty.

"We worked our tails off and competed hard," Fraser said. "I
don't know how hard the slash was. It came at a pretty important
time of a game we were competing hard in."

The Thrashers led 1-0 at 8:24 of the second when Tony Hrkac
scored off Lubos Bartecko's centering pass. Stars goalie Ed Belfour
never saw the shot.

Game notes
Dallas has won all five meetings with Atlanta. ... Atlanta
is 2-10-3 in its last 15 games. ... Turgeon is in a 14-game goal
drought, the longest of his career. ... Dallas had won only two of
its previous 12 home games.