Modano Nets 500th Career Goal in Stars Win

3-13-07 - Mike Modano became the second U.S.-born player to score 500 goals, and the 39th in NHL history, leading the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

The 36-year-old native of Livonia, Mich., beat Antero Niittymaki on a rebound at 9:36 of the third period to move within two of Joe Mullen for the career lead among American players.

Modano joined Brendan Shanahan, Jaromir Jagr, Joe Sakic, Peter Bondra, Mats Sundin, Teemu Selanne and Mark Recchi as active 500-goal scorers.

With the game tied at 1, Jussi Jokinen gave the Stars the lead at 9:02 of the third period on a wrist shot from the slot. Just 34 seconds later, Modano extended the lead to 3-1 with his 15th goal of the season and fourth in six games, knocking home the rebound of Jon Klemm's shot.

Scottie Upshall and Joni Pitkanen scored for the Flyers, 3-6-3 in their last 12.

With Niittymaki pulled for an extra attacker, Philadelphia got within 3-2 with 1:17 left on Upshall's eighth goal of the season.

Rookie Mike Smith stopped 17 shots for the Stars, who won their third straight and improved to 12-4-3 in their last 19 games.

Smith made a sprawling save on Jeff Carter with 4.1 seconds left to preserve the victory. Smith, who was giving usual starter Marty Turco the night off, improved to 10-5-1.

Joni Pitkanen added a goal and Niittymaki made 30 saves for the Flyers, coming off a 4-0 defeat at Phoenix on Monday night. Philadelphia is 3-6-3 in its last 12.

Lehtinen got the game's first goal at 6:41 of the opening period on a one-timer from the slot for his team-leading 24th goal.

Pitkanen, who had three minor penalties in the first two periods, tied it at 1 at 6:23 of the third period when he beat Smith on a shot from the left point while teammate Mike York screened Smith.