DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Stars signed Eric Lindros to a
free-agent contract over the summer to put the puck in the net.
After acting as an effective setup man, the big winger finally
flashed that ability Wednesday night.
Mike Modano, who scored a goal in the Stars' win over St. Louis, has 31 career goals (in 83 games) against the Blues, second-most among active NHL players, behind Jeremy Roenick (32 goals). Rounding out the top five are Sergei Fedorov (26), Joe Nieuwendyk (26) and Tony Amonte (25).
Lindros scored two goals, Mike Modano added a goal and an assist
and the Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 to get off to the best
start in franchise history.
Lindros had seven assists in his first 11 games in a Stars
uniform, but only one goal. Against St. Louis, he used his
6-foot-4, 240-pound frame to score once on a deflection and a
second from close range.
"Eric is a hard guy to contain when he's playing like he played
tonight," Modano said. "His M.O. since he came into the league
has been to create space and make things happen and he did that
Marty Turco stopped 23 shots and Jussi Jokinen had a goal and an
assist for Dallas (10-2). The Stars' best previous 12-game mark was
9-2-1 in 1996-97 and 1982-83.
With the game tied at 1, Modano scored at 7:13 of the second
period, skating hard to the net and converting Jokinen's centering
pass for his eighth goal of the season and 493rd of his career.
Jokinen made it 3-1 at 12:55 of the third period, striking from
just below the right circle off a feed from Modano. Lindros
registered his second goal of the night and third of the season at
15:00 of the final period from close range to give Dallas a
"Sooner or later they were going to go in," said Lindros, who
has 370 career goals. "Over the course (of my career), there's
been some ugly ones, some pretty ones, but sooner or later, things
start to happen. Those weren't pretty goals for me, but they all
count the same."
Turco denied Dallas Drake on a breakaway midway through the
second period to preserve the 2-1 advantage.
Dallas improved to 9-2-2 in its last 13 meetings with St. Louis.
Bill Guerin, who played the last three seasons for the Stars
before signing a free-agent deal with the Blues in July after
Dallas paid a $4.4 million buyout, did not figure in the scoring.
"It felt good to be back," Guerin said. "I heard some
positive things from the fans and that put me at ease."
Seconds after teammate Petr Cajanek's shot rang off the right
goal post, Tkachuk gave the Blues the early edge when he scored
from the left circle at 1:16 of the opening period.
The Blues dominated the first 10 minutes, but Lindros'
deflection of Philippe Boucher's power-play slap shot from just
inside the blue line got past Sanford at 10:17 of the first to tie
it at 1.
"You can't make mistakes like we did," Sanford said.
"Mistakes came back to bite us. At the start we were buzzing good,
but we couldn't sustain it. You can't sit on a one-goal lead."
After the Stars built their three-goal pad, the game turned ugly
with six fighting majors and three misconducts.
"The end was a little chippy but both teams played hard,"
Injured Blues D Barret Jackman (sprained knee) and Jay
McKee (broken hand) are skating with the team. Jackman could be
back in the lineup in two weeks, but McKee will miss as many as six
more weeks. ... C Patrik Stefan played his first game for the
Stars. Acquired from Atlanta in an offseason trade, Stefan was
scratched from his first 11 games with Dallas this season. ... Jere
Lehtinen's assist on Modano's goal was his 400th career point.
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Arena: American Airlines Center Location: Dallas, Texas
Referees: Michael McGeough, Craig Spada Linesmen: Thor Nelson, Vaughan Rody
Attendance: 17,634 (95.2% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Keith Tkachuk (2)
Assists: Petr Cajanek, Radek Dvorak
Eric Lindros (2)
(Power Play) Assists: Philippe Boucher, Mike Ribeiro
Mike Modano (8)
Assists: Jussi Jokinen, Jere Lehtinen
Jussi Jokinen (3)
Assists: Mike Modano, Trevor Daley
Eric Lindros (3)
Assists: Brenden Morrow, Mike Ribeiro