Shanahan gets 1,000th point
Brendan Shanahan scored two first-period goals and reached 1,000 career points as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Dallas Stars, 4-2, to sweep a five-game homestand.
Shanahan reached the milestone with a slap shot at the 2:39 mark that beat goaltender Marty Turco through the legs. It was his 491st career goal to go with 509 assists.
"They (teammates) were teasing me. They were telling me to do something," Shanahan said. "When I finally acknowledged the fans, they (players) made fun of me for that. Somebody said, `(Steve) Yzerman is two assists away from 1,000, so just sit down and get your head back in the game.'
"It was a fun moment. I had Luc Robitaille on one side, who is a goal short of being the all-time highest scoring left wing, and Yzerman on the other side (on the bench), and he's about to get 1,000 assists. So I made a quick move to get my butt back down in the seat."
The 32-year-old left winger scored his 26th goal of the season with 9:47 remaining with a wrist shot from the left side over the left shoulder of Turco.
"It's an incredible march of numbers," Shanahan added. "It's a nice feeling. But more importantly, we got the win. It was a good game from start to finish. We played solid all three periods."
Mike Modano scored twice for Dallas to extend his goal-scoring streak to five games. His first came at 13:34 of the opening period on the power play as his point shot was skipped off the stick of defenseman Chris Chelios while goaltender Dominik Hasek was screened in front by Brenden Morrow.
"Right now we are not playing well enough to beat the good teams," Modano said. "Our decisions with the puck weren't very good."
Modano, who has seven goals in his last five games, scored his 24th of the season at 13:03 of the second period on a 4-on-4 situation. His wrist shot from inside the right faceoff circle beat Hasek under the glove to make it 4-2.
Steve Yzerman scored his 12th goal of the season at 5:54 of the second period on the power play, making it 4-1. Shanahan faked a shot from the middle and passed on the right to Yzerman, who flipped the puck in an open side from a tight angle.
Yzerman needs two assists for 1,000 in his stellar career.
Kirk Maltby scored his fifth goal 54 seconds into the second period on a soft shot that Turco overplayed. Igor Larionov added an empty-net goal with 22 seconds remaining to complete the scoring.
"That might have fooled him (Turco) a little," Maltby said. "I just tried to get it on net. The defenseman whacked at my stick just as I let it go. It went in, that's all that matters."
Hasek made 16 saves to record his 24th victory of the season, while Turco -- a former University of Michigan player -- faced 35 shots and dropped to 8-4.
"We could've played better," Turco admitted. "But I can only look at my play. I could've help the team a lot more. There's a couple I'd like back. Those I can stop in my sleep most of the time. The first three I'd love to have back."
Coach Ken Hitchcock was not pleased with his team's performance.
"We were made to play poorly," he said. "When you come in here, your goalie has to be your best player. Marty let a couple of soft ones in, but we didn't give him much help, either."
Detroit has earned at least one point in the last 11 games (9-0-1-1), and leads the NHL with 69 points.
The all-time series is even at 87-87-29.