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Modano plays in his 1,000th game

2/12/2003

DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Stars added another improbable victory
to an ever-growing list.

Sergei Zubov scored twice, including the game-winner with
one-tenth of a second left in overtime, and the Dallas Stars
remained unbeaten in 19 of their last 20 games (15-1-4) with a 2-1
win Tuesday night over the Carolina Hurricanes.

"We find ways to win," said Mike Modano, who assisted on
Zubov's third-period tying goal in Modano's 1,000th game. "It's
been fun. Our confidence grows game by game."

Dallas has won a league-high six times this season when trailing
after two periods.

With overtime about to expire, Zubov skated in from his
defensive position and backhanded the rebound of Jason Arnott's
shot between the right goal post and the right pad of Carolina
goaltender Kevin Weekes for Zubov's eighth of the season.

"I saw the puck was just lying there," Zubov said. "There was
a half-second left so I just put it on net."

The last-second goal marked the sixth time since the NHL
instituted regular-season overtime in 1983 that a team scored at
4:59 of the extra five minutes. Dallas was the previous team to do
so, beating Vancouver on Feb. 28, 2002, on a goal by Modano.

"I don't think I've ever seen that," Carolina captain Ron
Francis said.

Weekes couldn't react on Zubov's desperation shot.

"I didn't even see it," he said. "I think he banged it off
me. I didn't even know it went in, but after I heard the crowd, I
just wanted to get off the ice and into the shower."

In the third period, Zubov took Modano's pass, weaved down the
left side, and faked three Hurricanes out of position before
scoring from low in the left circle on a wrist shot with 13:51 left
in regulation.

"You can't explain those plays," Zubov said. "It's not like
something you can teach in school. When you have time and space,
you just try to make a play."

Dallas starting goalie Marty Turco, who took a franchise-tying,
14-game unbeaten streak into the game, was lifted after two periods
due to a sprained ankle. Turco, who made 13 saves, will be
evaluated on Wednesday.

Turco twisted his ankle when he hit a rut as he skated behind
the Dallas net late in the second period. He was behind 1-0 when he
left, but Zubov kept Turco's streak intact. Turco was replaced by
Ron Tugnutt, who made two saves in the third period and four in
overtime to earn the victory.

Turco was 10-0-4 in his previous 14 games to tie Don Beaupre's
franchise record set in 1985-86. Beaupre earned 14 consecutive
victories for the Minnesota North Stars.

Weekes made 31 stops for the Hurricanes, who've lost their last
six and are 2-16-1-3 in their last 22.

Modano became the 32nd NHL player to play 1,000 games with the
same team. He received a standing ovation when the team showed a
clip of his career highlights on the scoreboard during a break in
the first period.

Dallas is unbeaten in its last seven games (6-0-1) and is off to
a franchise-best 20-2-4-1 home start.

Bret Hedican put Carolina in front with his third at 18:58 of
the second period on a shot from beyond the left circle that got
past Turco, who was screened by Jeff Daniels of the Hurricanes.

Game notes
RW Jere Lehtinen and LW Pierre Turgeon were Stars scratches
due to hip injuries. ... Dallas' Aaron Downey and Carolina's Jesse
Boulerice squared off in the first period in a matchup of
enforcers, but the heavyweight bout didn't last long as Downey
knocked Boulerice down with one punch to the chin. A woozy
Boulerice went to the locker room to have a cut inside his mouth
treated. He didn't return. Boulerice was able to shower and get
into street clothes before he was taken to a hospital for
observation of a possible concussion. ... Daniels played in his
400th game. ... Carolina RW Jaroslav Svoboda incurred a back injury
in the second period and did not return.

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