Columbus moves

The Blue Jackets activated left winger Fredrick Modin off the injured list yesterday and assigned center Derek MacKenzie to the club's AHL affiliate in Syracuse.

Modin, 35, injured his knee during a preseason game at Minnesota on Sept. 18 and hadn't played since the season started. The Swede is in his 13th NHL season and has 220 goals and 221 assists in 814 games with the Blue Jackets, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Long wait pays off

Matt Niskanen made the most of the first shoot-out attempt in his three-year NHL career Friday night.

Niskanen scored in the 11th round of the shoot-out to help end a goaltending duel between Marty Turco and Evgeni Nabokov and give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over the host San Jose Sharks.

Nabokov stopped nine of the first 10 attempts for the Sharks and Turco did the same for the Stars with both goalies making sprawling saves and nifty poke checks to help match the longest shoot-out in the league this season and the longest ever for both franchises.

"We were starting to run out of guys," Niskanen said. "We were starting to look down at the end of the bench. [Nabokov] was coming out pretty far and so I put a move on him and got very lucky. It's the first time I've ever done it. I came at him with a lot of speed and snapped it."

- Associated Press