Jets outshine Stars 3-2 in overtime Featured

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Mark Scheifele's goal 21 seconds into overtime lifted the Jets to a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars Sunday afternoon.

Scheifele picked up the puck in his own corner after defenceman Josh Morrissey won a puck battle and broke down almost the entire length of the ice on a 2-on-1 with Kyle Connor but elected to shoot the puck instead of passing it.

The decision proved to be the right one as he beat Dallas goaltender Anton Khubodin short side just inside the right goal post to give the Jets their fourth win in their last five games, sending the sellout crowd home happy.

"At first I thought Heiskanen was going to come over a little more and I was going to go into the triangle to KC, but he kinda backed off a little bit and I thought I’d just shoot it," said Scheifele, who has two overtime winners this season.

Winnipeg overcame a one-goal lead heading into the third, something that wasn't lost on Jets captain Blake Wheeler.

"We have confidence in all situations at this point. We’ve come back from four down and won a hockey game. I think the best thing is when we’re down a goal we don’t change our game, we don’t cheat the game, we don’t stretch or do things that aren’t in our DNA. The game-tying goal is a perfect example of that. Throw a puck to the net from a bad angle, bounces around to our guy’s tape and he buries it. That says it all right there," he said.

Patrik Laine and Andrew Copp also scored for Winnipeg, who moved to 10-7-1 on the season.

Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves for the Jets.

Mattias Janmark and Radek Faksa scored for Dallas, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Anton Khubodin turned aside 26 shots for the Stars, who opened their four-game Canadian road trip with a loss.

Patrik Laine put the Jets on the board late in the first period with a power play marker.

With Jamie Benn off for interference, Laine stepped into a Neal Pionk feed at the top of the right face off circle and blasted a slapshot past Stars goaltender Anton Khubodin, beating him high glove side.

The goal was his 4th of the season.

Mattias Janmark tied the game 5:22 into the second after Jason Dickinson stripped Jet defenceman Neal Pionk of the puck behind the Winnipeg goal.

Janmark moved in unchecked before snapping the disc into a wide open net.

The goal was his 2nd of the season.

Radek Faksa gave Dallas the lead just over halfway into the second, redirecting a Esa Lindell shot from the point past Hellebuyck.

The goal was his 5th of the season.

Andrew Copp tied it up just under two minutes into the third, firing a rebound off a Tucker Poolman shot into a wide open net after Dallas goaltender Anton Khubodin kicked right onto his stick.

The goal was his 3rd of the season.

"I think we’ve proved to ourselves that we can come back in any game this year," said Copp.

"Any game where we’re down a goal or two goals, it doesn’t really matter how much time is left. We have the confidence we can do it. We’ve done it before. I don’t think there’s any real panic in our room when we get down a goal, we know the firepower that we have.”

Dallas captain Jamie Benn, mired in a 13 game scoring drought said the game is simple from his point of view.

"You get pretty much at least one Grade A scoring chance a game. I mean you either put it in the back of the net or you don't. You know and then from there you either continue to keep getting chances or you try and set your teammates up," he said.

Stars Head Coach Jim Montgomery was succint in his assessment of the game.

"They (players) have to decide whose going to be a difference maker. I mean, look who scored for the Jets. We got really good big goals from Janmark and Faksa and that's our third and fourth line."

"It's really important. You need your number one centre and your number one left winger to step up and do more," he added.

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice thought his club grew with the overtime win against a tough divisional opponent.

"The first two periods really ... it’s a grinder. It’s hard on every puck. They’ve got a real veteran team, I think average age is 29. So they’ve learned to be hard on sticks, hard on pucks. So there wasn’t a lot of easy movement for two periods to feel that. I think we skated again better in the third. I liked the way we mentally handled that. We got comfortable in the game I’m not saying we’re not built to play but we’ve got some speed here and not a lot of weight on the wings so they can excel in kind of a fast-paced game."

"But learning how to play the grinder is real important," he added.

Dallas continues a four-game road trip Wednesday in Calgary while Winnipeg wraps up a four-game homestand Tuesday night against Colorado.



Last modified on Wednesday, 13 November 2019 05:57
Philip Paul-Martin

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