The Dallas Stars began their five-game homestand last week by making some changes in the front office following a frustrating start.
The Stars (10-7-4) look to close the homestand by extending their longest winning streak of the season when they face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.
After closing a four-game road trip with two losses, then opening the current homestand with a 4-3 shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks, the Stars fired general manager Doug Armstrong and replaced him with former Star Brett Hull and assistant GM Les Jackson as interim co-general managers. Since the changes, Dallas has won three straight, outscoring its opponents 11-2.
Its most recent win was a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday. The Stars trailed 1-0 entering the third period, but Mike Modano tied the game with a power-play goal and Niklas Hagman had the go-ahead score less than a minute later.
"It was tight. There weren't many opportunities out there," Modano said. "We said let's just get the first one (goal) and tie it up. When we did, the momentum changed."
Modano was honored before the game for surpassing Phil Housley's points record of 1,232 for U.S.-born players. His third-period score was his sixth goal of the season.
"It was a big thrill," Modano said. "A lot of people who influenced me and were big parts of my life were here. The list is a mile long."
The Stars are looking to take advantage of Friday's home game before beginning a six-game road trip - their longest of the season.
It figures that Dallas will continue to use Mike Smith in net on Friday. Smith, the backup for Marty Turco, won his third consecutive start since the management changes on Wednesday.
"Confidence comes from winning and this week was big for me," said Smith, who had 17 saves.
Smith, who has not faced the Maple Leafs in his two-year career, has allowed only two goals in his last three starts. He faces a Toronto team that is 1-2-2 in its last five games, including a 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.
Toronto (8-9-5) led 2-0 after Mats Sundin's 11th goal of the season in the second period, but Boston scored three times in the final period for the win. Bryan McCabe gave the Maple Leafs the lead in the first period with a power-play goal.
"A game like tonight, where we are up two goals and let Boston get back into the game, it's certainly very disappointing," Sundin said. "It was an important game for us."
Toronto has given up 13 goals in their last four games.
"The frustration now is trying to get a good solid defensive game out of our team," coach Paul Maurice said. "We give up 25 shots, not a whole lot, but now we're not generating much offense at the other end."
This is the first time the teams have faced each other since Dallas won 2-1 on Dec. 10, 2005 in Toronto. The last meeting in Dallas was in 2003.