Stars Fall In Winnipeg - Jets Win 5-2
Winnipeg - In a game that ended in a few misconducts, the Jets were able to take control of this game early, gain a valuable 2 points and handed Dallas their first regulation loss in 11 games with a 5-2 win on Wednesday night.
The opening period saw the Jets control the pace through the first 5 minutes, which resulted in yet another opening goal by a Winnipeg team that has done that more often than not. Grant Clitsome forced the play down low behind Dallas goalie Richard Bachman, leaving Anti Miettinen to dig the puck out and feed it to Nik Antropov who effortlessly roofed the puck over Bachman's shoulder, making it 1-0 Winnipeg.
Dallas tried to slow the pace down mid-way through the first and were successful in slowing the fast rushes from the Jets. The Stars managed to generate some good scoring chances, but Ondrej Pavelec stood tall and shut the door through the first 20.
Just 1:29 into the second frame, Winnipeg opened the period just as they did in the previous period. Kyle Wellwood used momentum off of a nice save by Pavelec to quickly help evolve a rush through the neutral zone. Alexander Burmistrov streaked towards the net with a pass from Wellwood, and the subsequent rebound found it's way to Evander Kane's stick, and he put home his 28th of the year, and it was quickly 2-0 Jets.
With 14-minutes left in the second, Vernon Fiddler was thrown in the sin bin for tripping up Evander Kane. The Jets gave up a 2-on-1 after a mixup by Tim Stapleton at the blue line, but the shot went off the side of Pavelec's skinny red friend.
Shortly after the wasted power-play by the Jets, Eric Fehr blocked a shot and broke into the Dallas zone. After getting a better angle on Bachman, Fehr slapped home his 2nd of the season to put the Jets up by 3.
Just 47 seconds later, Blake Wheeler put on a clinic in the offensive zone and had three Dallas Stars looking for their jock straps after he dished it off to Andrew Ladd who notched the Jets' 4th of the night. 4-0 Winnipeg at the midway point of the game.
Shortly after that, coincidental penalties put the teams on a 4-on-4. Michael Ryder fired a puck that rang off of another one of Pavelec's food deprived and blushing friends, which resulted in a review after the play. No goal was the call.
With 4 minutes left in the 2nd, a delay of game penalty put Winnipeg back onto the power-play. Ten seconds later, Dustin Byfuglien fired the puck from the point which deflected off of Andrew Ladd, and Richard Bachman couldn't handle the shot, 5-0 Jets.
Just 17 seconds later, Dallas came storming back as Loui Erikkson stuffed home a burnt buscuit after a cluster in front of Ondrej Pavelec to finally put Dallas on the board.
The Dallas Stars would put the pressure on Winnipeg, and the Jets continuously turned the puck over and the Stars took advantage, only to be stopped by Pavelec, who seemed to be heating up to end the period.
An uneventful 3rd period got a little more interesting with over 3 minutes left as Loui Erikkson scored his 2nd of the game to narrow the large gap and make it 5-2.
The end of the third saw Adam Burish take a swing at Ondrej Pavelec. After being dealt some punishment by Tanner Glass, Burish threw Glass' glove into the stands which prompted Glass to take after Burish again.