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One milestone down, two to go for Dallas' Mike Modano.
The newest member of the NHL's 500-goal club takes aim at becoming the league's all-time leading U.S-born goal scorer when the Stars welcome the Calgary Flames to American Airlines Center on Thursday night.
The last remaining player from the Minnesota North Stars, Modano became the 39th player in league history with 500 goals when he scored in the third period of Dallas' 3-2 win over Philadelphia on Tuesday night.
"It meant a lot do it here and share it with a lot of people who are here," Modano said on the team's official Web site. "We've been through a lot. Dallas kind of resurrected my career. We came down from Minnesota, got a fresh start, teaching the fans the game, growing with the fan base to a level that we never thought it would be down here.
"It was something I wanted to get over with and get it done here in Dallas."
Modano, who was born in Livonia, Mich., needs only three tallies to pass Hall of Famer Joe Mullen for most career goals by an American player and is 20 points away from topping Phil Housley as the all-time leading American scorer.
"Those guys were good mentors of mine when I came into the league, looking up to those guys and playing with them obviously in 1991 in the Canada Cup and the Olympics (in 1998 with Housley). It was a treat to have an opportunity to play with them," said Modano, who's tallied 1,213 points in 17 seasons since the North Stars selected him first overall in 1988.
During a injury-plagued season that's limited him to 46 games, Modano has only 15 goals but six have been game-winners. He failed to record a point in his only game versus the Flames this season - a 3-1 loss on Nov. 7 in Calgary - but has 56 points in 59 career games against them.
The Stars (41-23-5) are looking for their fourth straight win and to move into sole possession of second place in the Pacific Division. Dallas and San Jose are tied with 87 points each, eight behind first-place Anaheim.
The Stars have one game in hand on the Sharks and have played two fewer games than the Ducks.
The Flames own the NHL's best home record, but with only nine road wins are tied with Florida and Los Angeles for the league low. Calgary (37-23-10) lost for the ninth time in its last 11 away from home Wednesday night, 3-2 to Colorado.
After Jarome Iginla and Stephane Yelle scored power-play goals in the first period to give Calgary the lead, Miikka Kiprusoff gave up the tying goal late in the second before Avalanche rookie Paul Stastny scored in the opening minute of the third.
The loss was Kiprusoff's 20th, matching his total from last season. He's 8-14-7 with a 2.92 goals-against average on the road this season, compared to a 26-6-2 record and 2.02 GAA at home.
Kiprusoff is 3-7-0 with a tie in his career against Dallas, but has given up more than three goals in a game only once versus the Stars.
With 84 points, the Flames are in third place in the Northwest Division, three points behind the second-place Wild and four in back of the first-place Canucks.
"There are still 12 games left in the season and our focus is to make our way up in the standings," Flames coach Jim Playfair said.
Calgary has six losses and a tie in its last seven visits to Dallas.