Mark Scheifele fires game winner in shootout as Jets edge Stars 4-3 Featured

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Mark Scheifele scored the game winning goal in the shootout as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Dallas Stars by a 4-3 score Tuesday night.

Scheifele moved in slowly and outwaited goaltender Braden Holtby before calmly beating him with a backhand deke.

The game marked Scheifele's first game back after being sidelined with COVID 19 which caused him to miss five games.

The Jets have now won five of their last six outings after dropping their first three games to start the season.

The game marked the start of a seven game homestand for the Jets, their longest of the season and was the first the two teams had seen each other since December the 3rd of 2019, a span of almost two calendar years.

Paul Stastny, Josh Morrissey and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored in regulation for the Jets.

Eric Comrie picked up the win for Winnipeg, making 24 saves (5-2-2).

Comrie was forced into action after Jets starter Connor Hellebuyck was absent for the birth of his first child.

Winnipeg called up goaltender Mikhail Berdin on emergency basis from the Manitoba Mooose to backup Comrie prior to the game.

Jamie Benn, Jason Robertson and Tyler Seguin scored for the Stars.

Braden Holtby turned aside 31 shots for Dallas, who lost their fourth straight game to drop to 3-5-1.

Paul Stastny got the Jets on the board 10:29 into the contest when a Nathan Beaulieu shot bounced past Stars goaltender Braden Holtby off of the Jet centre.

The goal was his third of the season.

Jamie Benn tied the contest at 16:16 when Tyler Seguin found him alone in front of Jets goaltender Eric Comrie.

Benn easily deked Comrie and buried a wrister past him to make it 1-1.

With Jason Robertson off for roughing, Josh Morrissey gave Winnipeg the lead just over a half minute into the second when Nate Schmidt fed him a perfect partner pass which the Jet defenceman one timed from the top of the right faceoff circle.

The goal was his third of the season.

Dallas appeared to tie the contest 6:21 into the second when Roope Hintz broke in alone and beat Comrie with a backhand deke but Winnipeg successfully challenged the play as being offside.

Pierre-Luc Dubois made it 3-1 Jets 7:23 into the second on the power play when he redirected a puck sitting a foot outside of the crease past Holtby with his skate.

The goal was his seventh of the season.

With Neal Pionk off for high sticking Tyler Seguin, Jason Robertson scored on the power play off a goalmouth scramble to make it 3-2 at 9:37.

The goal was his first of the season.

Tyler Seguin tied the contest at 13:16 when he tipped a John Klingberg wrister from the point past Comrie.

The goal was his first of the season.

The game remained tied and went to overtime.

There was no scoring and the game went to a shootout.

STARS-Robertson (miss), Pavelski (score), Radulov (miss)

JETS-Connor (score), Dubois (miss), Scheifele (score)

SHOTS-DALLAS 27 WINNIPEG 35

ATTENDANCE-13,174

Philip Paul-Martin

A well rounded journalist with experience in both print and broadcast mediums, Philip has written news stories with impact, broken national news while at the CBC, anchored radio news and hosted talk show radio. His coverage includes feature writing, game stories and more in-depth pieces during the off-season as well as writing about the National Hockey League and the Winnipeg Jets. He calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home.