Mike Modano scored a goal and added three assists to lead the Dallas Stars to a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.
Dallas entered the game with the league's most efficient power-play (20.6 per cent), but it was their shorthanded unit that buried the Leafs.
Modano and Guy Carbonneau broke open a close game by scoring shorthanded goals in the second period to make it 4-1 for the league-leading Stars (34-13-8). Modano's goal gave him a league-leading five shorthanded goals this season.
Darryl Sydor, Joe Nieuwendyk and Jere Lehtinen also scored for Dallas.
Tie Domi scored for Toronto, which has lost four straight games in which it has managed just four goals.
Sydor put Dallas up at 6:04 of the first period by beating Maple Leafs goaltender Felix Potvin on a wraparound. Nieuwendyk made it 2-0 four minutes later by tipping in a pass from Sergei Zubov.
Domi got the Maple Leafs back within a goal when he beat Dallas goalie Roman Turek on a rebound from in close at 11:33 of the first. But that was all the offense the Maple Leafs could manage.
Dallas outshot Toronto 30-21.
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