WINNIPEG, Man – The Dallas Stars were waiting in Winnipeg watching the Jets lay an egg the night before against the Wild. Dallas was itching to get in a game as they had been off since the weekend and were tired of practicing and it showed as they cruised to a 4-1 victory over the helpless Jets.
Former Atlanta Thrasher, Kari Lehtonen got the win making 21 saves before leaving the game in the second period with a lower body injury, Back up Dan Ellis came in and also looked sharp as he made 22 saves to preserve the win.
Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec made 27 saves in the loss but was his usual self making highlight reel saves to keep his team in the game.
Off season pick up Tyler Seguin showed why he is one of the league’s top young guns as he had two goals and two assists on the night and was flying and dangerous every shift.
Stars captain Jamie Benn also chipped in on the first line as he had a goal and two assists and looked just as dangerous as his linemate.
Alex Chiasson also had a good night as he had a goal and assist.
Blake Wheeler had the lone goal for Winnipeg, his first of the year and it was also a power play marker.
The Jets have now lost three in a row after starting the year with two wins.
They will need to find a way to play a full sixty minute game as these slow starts and sloppy passive play for the first half of games is costing them valuable points in the standings.
On a positive note, after being outshot in the opening period 15-11 the Jets did manage to come back strong and end up outshooting the Stars 44-31.
Also after an absolute disaster in the faceoff circle against the Wild they came back tonight and dominated the dots winning 62.5% of the face offs, Bryan Little was on a mission as he went 18 for 24 in the circle tonight.
The Stars showed the Jets what they are in for in the West and the Central Division as they had a balanced four line attack all night as evident in the ice time stats as all players has double digit minutes played.
Winnipeg will need to turn things around quick if they want to make noise in the standings as they have the New Jersey Devils in town on Sunday night.
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