It was a spectacle, all right, but not for the anticipated reason.
The spotlight on Modano shifted to the Dallas Stars, oh, about 41 seconds into the game when Brad Richards fired a laser from the power play point into the back of the Wings net. Then it became just another hockey game, although it was a hockey game in which the Stars beat the Wings rather handily [hehehehe].
There was a nice moment during a TV timeout when the in-arena camera found Modano on the bench, the Jumbotron screen read, “Thank you, Mike,” the crowd rose as one to applaud the one-time superhero of Dallas hockey, and he came close to tears, but that ended before the last Geico commercial of the break came to its conclusion.
Dwight Schrute, sorry, Kari Lehtonen all but slammed the door on the Wings’ chances. The Stars offense put it away with three goals in the second period, and that, sports fans, was about the whole anticlimactic story.
See ya, Mike, take care, man.
Bruce Felps owns and operatesEast Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He wishes nothing but good for Mike Modano and nothing but better for the Dallas Stars.