DALLAS, Texas – It wasn’t the result they were hoping for to start an important five game road trip as the Winnipeg Jets ran into yet another hot goalie as Kari Lehtonen shut the door for the Dallas Stars and got his team the important two points in a hard fought 2-1 win over the Jets.
Lehtonen stopped 32 Winnipeg shots and had some help from his posts as Evander Kane fired a rocket off the bar early in the game that proved to be costly as the former Atlanta Thrasher goalie stood on his head in the third period when the Winnipeg Jets peppered 15 shots his way, he was also named the game’s first star.
Al Montoya was just as good in the loss as he kept his team in the game and made 25 stops including a couple huge stops that will make the highlight reels for sure.
The Stars got two power play goals and proved how important special team play is especially in the stretch run. Dallas ended up 2-4 on the man advantage and the Jets were 1-3 .
“Yeah, I thought we battled hard to try and get back in the game for the most part, especially the third,” Winnipeg’s Bryan Little said. “We never really gave up and we made a push kind of like we did last game (a 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday) and just like last game, we came up one short again.”
Stars got goals from Ray Whitney who ripped a bullet top shelf for his 8th of the year , Tyler Seguin scored his 32nd goal of the season as he was left all alone on the door step.
“I thought we played better defense [tonight],” Whitney said. “We were a little loose with the puck there [in Winnipeg].”
Captain Jamie Benn chipped in with two helpers for the Stars to give him 69 points on the season.
The Jets played another strong game and didn’t make many mistakes but were once again snake bitten and could not find that timely goal or get any bounces , this was the 41st time this year they played in a one goal game.
The team got a scare when Blake Wheeler hit the open Stars gate at their bench and looked like he had a serious injury , but he returned to play the last shift with the net empty so hopefully he will be fine cause this is not the time to lose another guy for the Jets.
Winnipeg now finds themselves seven points back of the final playoff spot and will need a miracle to get in with only nine games remaining on their schedule. But the team has a never say never attitude and will hope for some luck and get a big win on Thursday night in San Jose.http://
“Well of course you miss them, but other guys can step in and play,” Jets defenseman Mark Stuart said. “We’re a team and we put together a good effort tonight. We gave up a couple of power-play goals that seemed to be the difference, but the guys that came in played well.”
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