1/24/97 -- 10:31 PM


LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Arturs Irbe had 36 saves and the Dallas Stars enjoyed another road win against the Washington Capitals, scoring three goals in the decisive second period en route to a 5-2 victory Friday night.

Mike Modano, Darryl Sydor and Dave Reid each had a goal and an assist for the Stars, who registered their NHL-best 15th road victory. Dallas has 32 points on the road compared to 29 all last season.

The Stars have won five of their last six away games against Washington. Dallas, which beat the Capitals at home in October, swept the season series for the first time since 1993-94.

Irbe was 0-3 since Dec. 20, but only Sylvain Cote and Sergei Gonchar were able to get the puck past him. Irbe (5-6-1) owns a 2.65 goals-against average in away games and a 4.17 mark at home.

The Stars took the lead for good at 1:06 of the second period when Reid sent a backhand pass across the crease that Guy Carbonneau put in from the left side of the net.

Sydor made it 3-1 at 6:19, scoring from inside the left circle while the Capitals were attempting to kill a five-minute high-sticking penalty against Craig Berube.

Modano put in his own rebound at 17:07 after the Capitals were called for too many men on the ice. The period ended with Dallas up 4-1, and the Stars had no problem improving to 20-0-1 when leading after two periods.

Gonchar scored with 9:16 left, but an empty-net goal by Reid clinched it with 58 seconds to go.

The Stars took a 1-0 lead at 5:06 when the rebound of a shot by Brent Gilchrist ricocheted off the skate of Grant Marshall and into the net. Although it was hardly a conventional goal, it was a good sign for Dallas - the Stars came in with an 18-4-2 record when scoring first.

A power-play goal by Cote tied it at 12:19.

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