Dallas Stars: Evander Kane

Stars' streak ends with 5-2 loss to Jets

March, 14, 2012

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.

First period

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.

Second 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.

Third period

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.

Stars-Jets Preview

March, 14, 2012
Dallas Stars at Winnipeg Jets
Wednesday, March 14
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (39-26-5) won their sixth straight game, defeating Minnesota 1-0 at Excel Energy Center in St. Paul on Tuesday night. Kari Lehtonen stopped 25 shots for his second straight shutout and fourth of the season.

“We keep playing simple and hard,” said Lehtonen. "We don’t try to do too much, that’s the bottom line. We’ve been able to eliminate the big mistakes. We have enough skill to get a couple of goals and try to play really tight defense. That’s been working.”

The Stars have points in 11 straight games (10-0-1) and have not lost in regulation since February 19.

Injuries: RW Radek Dvorak (ankle) is questionable. D Sheldon Souray (lower body) is doubtful.

About the Jets

The Jets (32-29-8) are coming off a 5-3 loss at Calgary on Friday. The Jets, who have lost two straight, outshot the Flames 45-27, but lost the special teams battle, going 0-3 on the penalty kill.

"We outshot them, we had over 40 shots, we got pucks to the net, but their goalie made some key saves," Jets forward Evander Kane said. "We gave up three goals on the power play, too, gave up five goals collectively. It's tough to win hockey games that way."

Winnipeg is in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, six points out of the final playoff spot.

Wednesday’s game begins a three-game homestand for the Jets.

Injuries: D Dustin Byfuglien (lower body) is probable. D Zach Bogosian (wrist) is questionable. RW Chris Thorburn (lower body) is out.

Series notes

*This is the first and only meeting between the two teams this season.

*The Stars are 11-1-1 all-time against the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars’ six-game winning streak is one short of the franchise mark of seven.

*The Stars have won 6 straight on the road and rank seventh in the league with 40 road points (19-14-2).

*Winnipeg ranks eighth in the league in home points with 46 (21-10-4).

*This will be the Stars’ final game against the Eastern Conference for the regular season. They are 8-6-3 against the East.

*Winnipeg is 7-8-1 vs. the Western Conference.

*The Stars are 34-35 (97.1%) on the penalty kill over the last 11 games.

*Winnipeg is 0-7 on the power play over the last three games, but 3-8 in its last three home games.

*Jets forward Blake Wheeler is on a four-game goal scoring streak.