Originally created 02/21/00

Dallas tops Colorado



DENVER -- Mike Modano and Scott Thornton scored goals as Dallas beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 on Sunday, the defending Stanley Cup champion Stars' seventh victory in nine games.

Modano, who scored his 26th goal midway through the third period, has 10 goals and nine assists in his last 13 games.

Ed Belfour made 23 saves for the Stars, allowing only Alex Tanguay's power-play goal with 11 seconds remaining.

Colorado's second-ranked power-play unit was 1-for-4 and managed only four shots with the man advantage.

Backup Marc Denis made 28 saves for the Avalanche. He started in place of Patrick Roy, sidelined by a groin injury.

Dallas dominated play for the first two periods, outshooting the Avalanche 12-10, but managed only a 1-0 lead on Thornton's third goal of the season midway through the first period.

The Stars didn't allow Colorado a shot on goal until six minutes into the game, with Belfour easily turning Stephane Yelle's deflection from the front of the crease.

Thornton's goal, his first since Dec. 20, was the result of Chris Drury's inability to clear the puck past Richard Matvichuck. Thornton beat everyone to the puck and tucked it behind Denis, who was out of position after stopping Brett Hull's shot.

The Stars, the NHL's top penalty-killing team, faced only two shots in killing two penalties in a scoreless second period.