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Stars top Wild in Minnesota

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ed Belfour recently voiced his displeasure about coach Ken Hitchcock's goalie rotation. Now Belfour is making his case for more ice time with his play.

Belfour had a shutout for 2 1/2 periods and finished with 25 saves for his third victory in four starts, leading the Dallas Stars to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night.

"He's been like this in six of the last seven games, and hopefully he'll continue to play like this," Hitchcock said. "The way he's playing right now, he gives us a chance to win every night."

Belfour criticized Hitchcock for his frequent use of backup Marty Turco, who had won seven straight starts before losing to Detroit on Saturday.

After beating the Wild, the Stars were all smiles.

"I'm seeing the puck well," Belfour said. "I got into a groove a little bit."

Mike Modano is also in a groove. Modano, who had his second two-goal game in as many days, has scored nine times in his last six games.

LIGHTNING 2, THRASHERS 2: Fredrik Modin scored a power-play goal with 12 minutes remaining in the third period, rallying Tampa Bay for the tie in Atlanta.

The Thrashers, who had their two-game winning streak snapped, dominated play in overtime but failed to convert several scoring chances.