Stars fall to Jets

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DALLAS (KNTU) Mark Scheifele scored two goals, Blake Wheeler had four assists, and the Winnipeg Jets (8-3-3) rode a three goal first period to defeat the Dallas Stars (8-7-0) 4-1 at American Airlines Center on Monday, Nov. 6.

It was Winnipeg’s second victory over Dallas in a span of five days, and their sixth win over the Stars in their last seven meetings. With the victory, the Jets now have points in eight straight games.

The Stars were hoping for a rebound performance less than a week after being run off the ice in a 5-2 defeat in Winnipeg, but couldn’t get anything past Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. The 24-year old American made 33 saves and remains the only starting goaltender in the NHL without a regulation loss this season.

Scheifele continued his trend of feasting on the Stars, scoring three points in the first period, including the opening goal 26 seconds of the game. He now has a 10-game point streak against the Stars, as well as five goals and is plus-11 in that span.

Just as in their meeting in Winnipeg the week before, the Jets exploded for three first period goals. Struggling star Patrick Laine scored his second power play goal of the season against the Stars to put Winnipeg up 2-0 at 5:12 into the first period. Winnipeg’s power play has been a roller coaster to this point in the season. The road power play came into the game ranked 28th in the NHL, but had converted five of its last six attempts. Winnipeg finished the game 1-for-3.

It appeared it would remain a two goal game going into the first intermission, but a neutral zone turnover by John Klingberg gave the Jets a 2-on-1. Wheeler fed Kyle Connor with a delectable saucer pass that Connor put cookie jar over goalie Ben Bishop’s right shoulder, who stopped 22 of 25 shots. Klingberg finished the game at minus-3.

The Stars attempted to counter the physical nature of Winnipeg’s defense by inserting defenseman Jamie Oleksiak into the lineup as a forward, marking the first time in his NHL career that he played a position other than defense.

Jamie Benn scored the only Stars goal, a power play goal off a Klingberg shot that ricocheted off the endboards. Benn parked himself in front of Hellebuyck, poking the rebound between the goaltender’s legs. The Jets challenged the play for goaltender interference, but referees upheld the call on the ice.

Dallas controlled play for the remainder of the game, but they were no match for Hellebuyck, who stymied the Stars on two late second period power plays to keep the Jets up by two goals.

Scheifele added his second goal of the night, an empty netter, with less than a minute remaining in regulation to seal the victory.

Winnipeg posted win 22 of their last 32 Central Division games. Their next game is a Friday road game against the expansion Vegas Golden Knights (9-4-1).

The Stars finish their three game home stand on Friday against the New York Islanders (8-5-1).

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