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Turco, Modano lead Stars past Wild

DALLAS (AP) — Marty Turco made a season-high 40 saves, Mike Modano scored his 556th career goal, and the Dallas Stars stretched their home-winning streak over the Minnesota Wild to 12 games with a 4-2 victory on Tuesday night.

Brad Richards added a power-play goal, James Neal notched his team-high 22nd goal, and rookie Jamie Benn scored in the third period for Dallas.

The Stars improved to 6-1 in their last seven home games and 14-3-2 in their last 19 in Texas despite being outshot 42-18. Turco, Dallas' No. 1 goaltender the past seven seasons, hadn't played in three games.

Minnesota's last win in Dallas was March 21, 2003.

Alex Auld, who began the season as Turco's backup, had started six of the previous eight games as coach Marc Crawford was looking to ride the hot hand in pursuit of a playoff spot.

Guillaume Latendresse's power-play deflection with 50 seconds left in the second period narrowed the deficit to 2-1, but Modano's one-timer from the right circle 25 seconds later restored Dallas' two-goal pad.

Andrew Brunette got the Wild within 3-2 with 3:57 left when he scored from in front, but Benn's goal from the right circle 53 seconds later extended the Stars' lead to 4-2.

Modano, the U.S.-born goal leader, moved into a tie with Johnny Bucyk for 23rd on the career list.

Modano has scored seven his 13 goals this season in the past 10 games.

Minnesota's Wade Dubielewicz stopped 14 shots in his first NHL game of the season. Niklas Backstrom was out because of the flu and backup Josh Harding has been slowed by a hip injury.

Backstrom and Harding had been the only goalies to play for the Wild since March 6, 2007, a streak of 234 games.

Dubielewicz was the winning goaltender in Houston's 3-1 victory over Abbotsford in the AHL on Monday night before joining the Wild on Tuesday.

Dallas scored the only goal of the first period at 11:00 on Neal's deflection of Karlis Skrastins' shot.

Turco preserved the advantage with a strong first period as Minnesota held a 14-4 shots edge.

Richards' 50-foot slap shot beat Dubielewicz at 12:54 of the second period, 6 seconds after Dallas' 5-on-3 advantage had expired.

NOTES: Modano entered the night tied with Mark Recchi for 24th on the NHL career goal list. ... Dallas C Brian Sutherby is out with a shoulder injury. ... Minnesota is without F Pierre-Marc Bouchard (concussion) and RW Chuck Kobasew (knee). ... Turco is 14-4-1 against the Wild. ... Dallas captain Brenden Morrow picked up his 1,000th career penalty minute with a second-period roughing call.