Beyak: Jets dig a hole to Stars and lose third straight

Dennis Beyak

10/12/2013 12:43:39 AM

Dallas Stars 4 Winnipeg Jets 1 – It was the third straight loss for the Jets after starting the season 2-0. The Jets fell behind 3-0 after one period and despite playing pretty well in the final 40 minutes, could not find enough goals to get themselves back in the game.

Acquired on July 4, Tyler Seguin recorded the first four-point game of his career (two goals, two assists) to lead the way for the Stars, while Jamie Benn added a goal and two assists. Alex Chiasson opened the scoring for Dallas. The Jets got better as the game went on and in the third period outshot the Stars 20-7 but could only get one by Dan Ellis who came in to replace Kari Lehtonen who left with a lower body injury.

Final shots were 44-31 in favour of the Jets. The Jets total was a season high. Blake Wheeler (with his first of the year) on a third period power play scored the lone Jets goal on a rebound goal off a Dustin Byfuglien shot. Toby Enstrom also drew an assist, giving him a point in every game this season.

The Jets have scored a power play goal in every game this season. As for the penalty kill, after going 10-for-10 the last two games, the Stars scored two with the man advantage. Three times in the game the Jets took themselves off the power play with penalties.

Byfuglien took some stitches above the left eye in the first period after he was clipped by the stick of Ryan Garbutt. The officials nailed Valeri Nichushkin with the penalty, but it was Garbutt's stick that did the damage.

With the score 4-0 the Jets seemed to take the "let's just go play" attitude. Evander Kane made mention of that post-game, feeling they were focusing too much on X's and O's, were tentative and over-thinking everything. Question now is can they pick up Sunday against New Jersey where they left off against Dallas (TSN Jets, TSN 1290)? Sunday is game two of a six-game homestand for the Jets.

This game was the first time all year the Jets outshot the opposition. The 11 shots in the first period was also a season opening period high. The other area of improvement was in face-offs. Led by Bryan Little winning 18 of 24 for a 75 per cent success rate, the Jets ended the night at 62 per cent. Kane and Byfuglien each had seven shots on goal.

"Mistakes in the first ended up in our net," said head coach Claude Noel. "They are correctable mistakes, positional breakdowns. But we played with a lot more energy. Whether it was changing of lines, it brought us more speed. We were back to the way we played last year. We need to build off the positives. We were better in face-offs, better with battles, better with urgency."

Kane spent a lot of time on the line with Little and Wheeler, with Andrew Ladd on the left side with Mark Scheifele and Michael Frolik, although by the end of the night the combinations were numerous.