Jets snap Stars win streak, inch closer to eighth in East

The Canadian Press
3/15/2012 12:05:43 AM
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WINNIPEG -- Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd scored twice Wednesday as the Jets cooled off the streaking Dallas Stars and picked up a much-needed 5-2 win.

Nik Antropov, Evander Kane and Eric Fehr also scored for the Jets (33-29-8).

Loui Eriksson had both goals for Dallas (39-27-5).

The loss capped the Stars' latest winning streak at six.

The win in the first of three-game homestand gave Winnipeg a boost as the Jets try to work their way back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture. They are currently four points back of eighth-place Washington.

Antropov scored Winnipeg's first goal at 2:21 in the first period on a crisp wrist shot from the left faceoff circle that seemed to catch Dallas goaltender Richard Bachman off guard.

Kane then struck early in the second to make it 2-0, slapping in Alexander Burmistrov's rebound at 1:19.

The Stars looked tired as they tried to keep up with the Jets, who were well-rested after a four-day break and drawing energy from the packed house screaming "Go Jets Go."

Fehr, replacing an injured Chris Thorburn on the Jets fourth line, scored his second goal of the season on a breakaway at the 8:28 mark.

That opened the dam as Winnipeg scored three more before the period ended.

Less than a minute later after Fehr's goal, Ladd was fed his own rebound by centre Bryan Little and banged it in to make it 4-0.

Ladd then tipped in Dustin Byfuglien's hard drive from his own blue-line 13 seconds into Winnipeg's second power-play chance of the night at 16:12.

Eriksson spoiled Ondrej Pavelec's shot at a fifth shutout this season while the Jets were still celebrating their fifth goal at 16:29.

Late in the third he slipped another past Pavelec from just in front of the net.

The last few minutes were marred by a scuffle involving several players that gave Winnipeg one more power-play opportunity. The melee at 17:13 of the third resulted in 10-minute misconducts to Dallas' Vernon Fiddler and Winnipeg's Tanner Glass and a game misconduct to the Stars' Adam Burish.

Dallas which won 1-0 in Minnesota Tuesday night, fell to 1-10-2 when playing the second of back-to-back games.

Notes: Blake Wheeler entered the game with a four-game scoring streak that didn't go any further but he picked up two more assists to boost his team-leading points total to 58 . . . It was the Stars first regulation loss since Feb. 19. . . The Jets and MTS have produced a free mobile app to keep fans up on the latest news about their team.

Ladd, Byfuglien and Wheeler  (Photo: The Canadian Press)


(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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