DALLAS, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Mike Modano and Joe Nieuwendyk scored third-period goals Wednesday night as the Dallas Stars headed into the Olympic break with a 4-2 triumph over the New York Rangers.
The teams were even, 2-2, through the first 40 minutes, and the Stars did not take their first lead until Modano's 29th goal of the season with 9:34 left in the contest.
Brenden Morrow forced a turnover in the neutral zone and passed to Modano, who was planted in the high slot. With defenders surrounding him, Modano surprised Rangers' goalie Mike Richter with a wrist shot that went through his legs.
Nieuwendyk added an insurance goal nearly seven minutes later, when he redirected a soft shot by Benoit Brunet.
The Stars were outshot, 13-5, in the third period and got an outstanding effort from goaltender Eddie Belfour, who made 24 saves.
Jere Lehtinen and Pierre Turgeon also scored for Dallas, which is 4
1 in the last five home meetings with New York.
Linemates Eric Lindros and Matthew Barnaby scored for the Rangers, who enter the break two points ahead of the Montreal Canadiens for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.