Disclaimer: We don't know if these are Mike Modano's final three (or fewer) games in the National Hockey League. What we do know is this: We don't want them to be. But if they are, then we would be sorely remiss at the end of next week if we did not take the opportunity to mark them as such.
The "will he or won't he" Mike Modano farewell tour continues tonight with his old pals, the Chicago Blackhawks coming to town. It was fun to chronicle Mike's accomplishments against the Oilers and Blues because of all the history there. With Chicago, well...they were "not so good" for a very large portion of Mike's career.
They started out dominant when he was young, and they book end it now by possibly being the cream of the Western Conference as he's on his way out. Though the Dallas Stars have never met the Hawks in a playoff series, the Minnesota North Stars did in each of Mike's first two seasons in the league (1990, 1991). Modano helped those North Stars pull off a surprising upset of Chicago in the 1991 Conference Finals, en route to his first Stanley Cup Final appearance, a loss to the Mario Lemieux's.
- In 96 career games against the Blackhawks, Modano has 36 goals and 51 assists good for 87 points, and 62 PIM.
- Had a hat trick against Chicago in the Stars Cup Year of 1999 on February 19th.
- Scored the 600th point of his career against Chicago on October 10th, 1997 with two goals that night.
- With Blackhawk Patrick Kane and two others, shares the honor of being the only Americans selected first overall in the NHL entry draft.
YouTube was no help in finding Modano vs. Chicago video, but I did want everyone to see this one, which does include a pretty sick Modano goal against the Hawks in the middle of it.
Plus, it's like emotional, and stuff.
There are still tickets available for the game tonight, people. You better get out there.