Avs Rally Falls Short, Stars Win 5-3
Modano and Philippe Boucher converted on two of Dallas' first three power-play chances after the Stars had gone 1-for-17 with the advantage in their previous three games.
Brenden Morrow added a power-play goal in the final minute to seal the win for Dallas after Colorado narrowed a three-goal deficit to 4-3.
Jussi Jokinen had a goal and two assists, and Sergei Zubov added two assists for the Stars, whose three-game skid matched their longest of the season.
Marty Turco made 14 saves for the Stars, who had allowed six goals in each of their previous three games.
Brett McLean, Milan Hejduk and Rob Blake scored for Colorado, which had won five of six.
Modano deflected Zubov's power-play shot off the glove of Avalanche goaltender Peter Budaj and into the net at 6:45 of the first period. It was Modano's 20th goal.
Dallas cashed in on its third power play of the first period when Boucher notched his 13th goal on a one-timer from just inside the blue line at 15:25.
Colorado got on the scoreboard with 19 seconds left in the opening period when McLean scored from the slot after skating around Boucher.
Jokinen made it 3-1 at 14:12 of the period, scoring from low in the left circle after Modano's setup. Modano then scored on a deflection at 15:26 to give Dallas a three-goal edge.
But third-period, power-play goals by Hejduk at 10:10 and Blake at 13:36 pulled Colorado within 4-3. Morrow's power-play rebound with 29 seconds remaining gave the Stars a two-goal lead.
Game notes The Stars recognized their four Finnish players -- Jokinen, Jere Lehtinen, Niko Kapanen and Niklas Hagman -- for winning the Olympic silver medal in men's hockey. A video presentation was shown in the first period. ... Modano reached the 20-goal mark for the 14th time. He has 132 power-play goals, second in franchise history behind Brian Bellows' 134. ... Budaj had allowed six goals in his three pervious games against Dallas.