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Francis, Modano make marks

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Ron Francis and Mike Modano moved into exclusive goal-scoring company.

Francis, the Carolina captain, scored his 500th career goal Wednesday night, making him just the fifth player in NHL history to reach 500 goals and 1,000 assists.

Modano become the fourth United States-born player to score 400 NHL goals. He was happy his four-game wait to hit the mark finally ended in the Stars' 2-1 victory over the visiting Atlanta Thrashers.

"It's nice to get it over with," he said. "I've been chasing those numbers for a couple of years now. Hopefully, I'll be able to put up some numbers that nobody can catch. This is right up there for me."

Francis couldn't enjoy his accomplishment as much because the Hurricanes were beaten 6-3 at home by the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins.

"You hope it comes in a victory, but it didn't," Francis said. "It's still a very special milestone and a club I'm very proud to be a part of."

Only Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Mark Messier and Marcel Dionne join Francis with 500 goals and 1,000 assists in the NHL.

In American hockey history, only Joe Mullen, Pat LaFontaine and Jeremy Roenick reached 400 NHL goals before Modano.

"Joey and Pat paved the way for American-born players," Modano said. "The guys behind me — Billy Guerin and Tony Amonte — are also going to get it.

"There's a good stretch of American-born players now. It's been an honor to be a part of the growth of the game in the United States."

Guerin had his second career hat trick to help the Bruins spoil Francis' night. Two of his goals came in the first period, the other was scored into an empty net.

RED WINGS 5, MIGHTY DUCKS 3: Brendan Shanahan scored two power-play goals, and Luc Robitaille and Mathieu Dandenault each had one as Detroit hung on to beat Anaheim.

Trailing 4-1, Anaheim rallied in the third period on goals by Oleg Tverdovsky and Marc Chouinard.

Detroit captain Steve Yzerman, in his first game back after missing three because of a lower left leg bruise, assisted on Dandenault's goal and Shanahan's second.

WILD 2, LIGHTNING 0: Dwayne Roloson turned away 36 shots to lift Minnesota over Tampa Bay.

Marian Gaborik scored his team-leading 16th goal as the Wild snapped a three-game losing streak and posted their first win in six games. Darby Hendrickson also scored for the Wild.

OILERS 4, RANGERS 1: Sean Brown had the first two-goal game of his career as Edmonton, boosted by Ryan Smyth's surprise return from injury, beat New York.

Jason Smith and Anson Carter added third-period goals for the Oilers.

SHARKS 5, FLYERS 2: Gary Suter's 200th career goal proved to be the game-winner as San Jose snapped its longest winless streak of the season.

Owen Nolan added a goal and two assists as the Sharks won at home against Philadelphia for the first time in seven meetings.

Adam Graves, Scott Thornton and Todd Harvey also scored for the Sharks.

KINGS 3, PANTHERS 1: Jason Allison and Mikko Eloranta scored six minutes apart as Los Angeles beat Florida.

It was just the second time Allison and Eloranta scored in the same game since the Oct. 24 trade that sent them from Boston to Los Angeles.

Allison, who also set up a third-period goal by Adam Deadmarsh, leads the Kings with 30 points.

Rookie Kristian Huselius scored his team-high 15th goal for visiting Florida.