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Mike Modano leads Dallas to 3-2 shootout win over Canucks

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VANCOUVER, B.C. - Mike Modano showed why he's been a long-time leader for the Dallas Stars.

He scored with 10 seconds remaining in the first period of the Stars' 3-2 NHL shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. Then he drew an assist on Mike Ribiero's power-play goal that tied the game 2-2 in the second period. If that wasn't enough, his goal that trickled in off the glove of Vancouver netminder Jason LaBarbera prolonged the shootout even though the GM Place foghorn had sounded to signal a win.

"It's kind of the thing I've been doing ... just get a shot and get it up high," Modano said of his shootout effort that dribbled across the line. "He knew it was going high but it was going through his arm.

"I kind of looked back. I figured he didn't get all of it and it might trickle over and luckily it did."

That allowed James Neal to score the shootout winner with a stick-side wrist shot.

All this after coach Dave Tippett had criticized his club's effort in a 4-1 loss Saturday night in Edmonton. And it looked like a repeat performance after Kyle Wellwood and Darcy Hordichuk gave Vancouver a 2-0 lead.

"Tonight was similar, just getting behind but we kind of hung in there," Modano said. "We still had some opportunities and good chances. The power play got us back in the game.

"Things without the puck that we did well allowed us to stay within distance of the score."

If the Stars needed a little more adversity, cold-weather problems with their charter aircraft delayed their arrival in Vancouver until past noon and they did not have a morning skate.

"We've been playing much better lately but last night we didn't show up we had a lot of energy tonight," said Ribeiro, who rifled Jere Lehtinen's cross-crease pass into an open net behind LaBarbera, who was making his third straight start in the Canuck goal.

"It was a big goal by Mo at the end of the period to keep us in the game and from there we kept battling and won some one-on-one battles."

In addition to giving up the late first-period goal to Modano, the Canucks took two undisciplined penalties leading to Ribeiro's goal with the man advantage.

He scored just as Vancouver killed off the front end of a two-man advantage.

Neal, who had scored five goals in his previous five games, froze LaBarbera in his first shootout.

"He just put it lower pad," said LaBarbera, who lost his second straight shootout since being acquired from the Los Angeles Kings for a draft pick.

"It's one of those left-handed shots over low blocker. Most guys will tell you that's a pretty tough play, but I just didn't adjust to it very well."

The game was LaBarbera's Canuck debut in his home town.

"I was kind of looking forward to the excitement and to the exposure if we would have won in the shootout but, obviously, it didn't happen."

The shootout went five rounds. Ryan Kessler and Wellwood counted in the tie-breaker for the Canucks and Loui Eriksson added another goal for the Stars.

"Shootouts are special things, and right now we don't seem to be able to play right at the end of them," said Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault.

Notes: Thirty minutes elapsed before Dallas drew the game's first penalty ... Dallas winger Landon Wilson was out of the lineup after leaving Saturday's 4-1 loss in Edmonton with an undisclosed injury ... Mattias Ohlund returned to the Canuck blue-line after leaving Friday's shootout loss to Atlanta with an upper body injury ... Defenceman Darryl Sydor played his 1,200th NHL game. The former Kamloops, B.C. junior is on his third tour of duty with Dallas after being acquired earlier in the season from Pittsburgh for Phillippe Boucher.

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