Dallas Stars: Blake Wheeler
March, 14, 2012
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
The Dallas Stars’ winning streak ended at six and their points streak ended at 11 with a 5-2 loss at Winnipeg on Wednesday night. The Stars also had a six-game road winning streak snapped.
The Stars lost for the first time in regulation since a 3-2 loss to Nashville on February 19. The Stars fell to 1-10-2 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.
Loui Eriksson scored both goals for the Stars, his 24th and 25th of the season. Richard Bachman stopped 23 of 28 shots.
The Stars lost defenseman Philip Larsen to a lower body injury in the game.
Winnipeg came out with some early pressure and scored 2:21 into the game to take a 1-0 lead.
Antti Miettinen dug the puck out of the corner and set up Nik Antropov, who scored on Richard Bachman from the left circle.
The Stars had some good chances, but Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec made a nice pad save on Jamie Benn and a blocker save on a point shot by Stephane Robidas.
The shots were 10-9 in favor of Winnipeg in the first. There were no power plays.
The Stars lost defenseman Philip Larsen in the period and he went into the boards feet first while trying to defend Winnipeg forward Blake Wheeler. He returned for one shift late in the second period, but did not return for the third period.
The Jets scored four times in the third period to blow the game open.
The first goal came at the 1:19 mark. After an Alexander Burmistrov shot rebounded off Richard Bachman’s mask, Evander Kane put the rebound into the net to give Winnipeg a 2-0 lead.
The Jets made it a 3-0 at the 8:28 mark when Eric Fehr blocked an Adam Pardy shot at the right point, chipped the puck past Stars defenseman, broke in down the right wing and beat Bachman with a slap shot from the right circle.
Andrew Ladd made it 4-0 when banged home a rebound at the 9:15 mark.
Winnipeg scored on its second power play of the night to make it 5-0. Dustin Byfuglien scored on a wrist shot from the right point at the 16:12 mark.
Just 27 seconds later the Stars finally got on the board when Mike Ribeiro set up Loui Eriksson, who scored from close range.
Eriksson scored with 3:44 left in the game off a nice set up by Michael Ryder to round out the scoring in the game.
There was a scrum with 2:47 left in the game. Adam Burish picked up a unsportsmanlike conduct minor and game misconduct after he threw one of the Winnipeg player's gloves into the stands and Winnipeg’s Tanner Glass was given a roughing minor and ten minute misconduct for going after Burish. Stars forward Vernon Fiddler also picked up a ten minute misconduct.