Mike Modano's goal off a faceoff 2 minutes 24 seconds into overtime gave the Dallas Stars a 5-4 victory over the Thrashers last night in Atlanta.
Dany Heatley's goal with 35 seconds left in regulation forced overtime as the Thrashers overcame a three-goal third period by Dallas. But Modano deflected a pass from Phillipe Boucher for the winning goal, putting it past Pasi Nurminen for the Stars' sixth 40-win season in seven years.
Scott Young scored two goals and Jere Lehtinen added his 30th of the season for Dallas, which came from two goals down in the third period to take a 4-3 lead.
The Stars snapped a three-game losing streak and avoided their fifth loss in seven games. Atlanta lost for the seventh time in seven games against Dallas.
"I think that puts us in desperation mode," Dallas Coach Dave Tippett said of the overtime. "It was good to see that."
Lehtinen gave the Stars the lead with 4:51 left. Young scored both of his goals on power plays.
Nurminen earned his second assist in three games on Atlanta's first goal. He made an outlet pass to Heatley, who skated to the right circle and passed to Mark Hartigan. Hartigan cut between the circles and scored over the right shoulder of goalie Ron Tugnutt.
Frantisek Kaberle's seventh goal came on a slap shot past Tugnutt's right shoulder with 5:39 gone in the second period after Heatley's pass from the right boards.
Dallas cut it to 2-1 when Young scored with a straight-on shot from beyond the circles.
Tony Hrkac pushed the lead back to two with an unassisted goal with 3:57 left in the second.
Young's second goal came with 14:11 left in the third, and Stephane Robidas tied the score at 11:11.
* MIGHTY DUCKS 4, BLACKHAWKS 3: Samuel Pahlsson snapped a tie with 3:33 left in the third period in Chicago.
Pahlsson lifted in a rebound from the left of the crease after Jocelyn Thibault stopped Niclas Havelid's shot from the slot.
Petr Sykora had a goal and an assist for Anaheim, which tied franchise records for victories (36) and points in a season (85). Stanislav Chistov and Paul Kariya also scored for the Mighty Ducks. Kariya's goal was his 300th in the NHL.
Steve Rucchin added two assists for the Mighty Ducks.
Chris Simon and Theo Fleury each had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks. Steve Sullivan also scored.
Anaheim's Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 39 shots. Thibault made 28 saves.
* WILD 3, PANTHERS 1: Pascal Dupuis had a goal and an assist as Minnesota extended Florida's franchise-record home winless streak to 11.
Antti Laaksonen and Sergei Zholtok scored first-period goals for the Wild, which snapped a two-game winless streak.
Viktor Kozlov had the only goal for Florida, 0-8-2-1 during its home slide. The Panthers haven't won at home since beating Carolina, 3-2, in overtime on Jan. 25.
Kozlov's goal snapped the Panthers' home scoreless streak at 189 minutes 10 seconds. Florida was shut out in its previous two home games, losing 4-0 to Buffalo and Montreal.
* RANGERS 3, SABRES 0: Mike Dunham made 27 saves for his second straight shutout, and Eric Lindros had two assists to host New York.
Dunham, who beat the New York Islanders 1-0 on Monday, has five shutouts this season and 16 in his career. The last time the Rangers posted back-to-back shutouts was Oct. 27 and Oct. 30, 1998.
The Rangers, who were 0-2-1 this season against the last-place Sabres, moved within four points of the Islanders in the race for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers have seven games left, the Islanders have nine.