SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Dallas center Mike Modano broke Phil Housley's NHL record for career points by an American-born player with two quick goals in the opening minutes of the Stars' game against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.
Modano's two goals in the first 4:24 gave him 1,233 points in 1,253 regular-season games - 242 games fewer than Housley played.
Modano, a 37-year-old Livonia, Mich., native who has spent his entire career with the Stars in Minnesota and Dallas, first tied Housley's mark by beating Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov on a long slap shot just 2:19 in. His 510th career goal - also a U.S.-born record - was just Modano's third in 15 games this season.
Mere moments after the Shark Tank crowd gave a warm round of applause for Modano's achievement, the star center broke away for a short-handed goal 4:24 in, slipping the puck under Nabokov to break the record.
Modano, who hadn't scored in Dallas' previous three games, became the career goal-scoring leader among U.S. players on March 17 with a pair against the Nashville Predators, surpassing Joe Mullen's previous record of 502.
Housley, a defenseman from St. Paul, Minn., played for eight teams in 21 seasons. He held the points record for seven years after getting 338 goals and 894 assists from 1982-2003 for Buffalo, Winnipeg, St. Louis, Calgary, New Jersey, Washington, Chicago and Toronto.