Stars coach Marc Crawford has made it a priority to give Modano time off in between games so the 39-year-old star will be fresh for the stretch run.
That plan has paid dividends, withd Modano scoring six goals in eight games.
“I’ve been feeling much better lately,” said Modano, who has 12 goals this season and 555 overall. “I’ve been able to rest up and primarily focus on games.”
Anderson had allowed one goal or less in each of his past five starts, making 27 saves in shutting out Dallas on Sunday. He stopped 28 shots Friday.
Colorado had beaten the Stars 8-1 in the first two meetings this season.
“They play a hard-nosed game here,” Anderson said. “They have their fans behind them and have a lot of energy here. Obviously, they played a lot more physical tonight than a couple of nights ago.”
The Stars won their second straight for the fifth time. They haven’t won three in a row this season.
Dallas moved within two points of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Nashville and Detroit are tied for seventh place with 61 points.
Modano said a key was getting an early lead against a team it had struggled against.
“We get off to bad starts and try to play catch-up with a team that’s quick and fast,” Modano said. “We’ve dug ourselves holes we can’t get out of.”
The Avalanche tied it 36 seconds later when Duchene, the top rookie scorer in the NHL with 36 points, beat Auld for his 17th goal of the season.
The Stars took a 2-1 lead on an unconventional goal from Modano.
Galiardi’s eighth goal tied it at 2 at 10:56 of the second period.
NOTES: Modano scored his 91st career winning goal and tied Wayne Gretzky for 13th place on the career list. … The Avalanche activated defenseman Adam Foote(notes) (sprained ankle) and he played for the first time since Jan. 8. … Ott, who had an assist, has seven points in his last nine games. … Colorado has allowed just one power play goal the last seven games, killing 27 of 28 chances. The Stars were 0 of 2 with the man advantage.