Stars Hold on to Defeat Jets 3-2 in Winnipeg

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The Dallas Stars visited the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. The Stars defeated the Jets 3-2 at the Canada Life Centre. Dallas improved to 9-3-1, while Winnipeg fell to 7-5-2.

Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves in a losing effort.

The Stars’ starting lineup featured Miro Heiskanen, Jason Robertson, Joe Pavelski, Roope Hintz, Ryan Suter, and Scott Wedgewood. Wedgewood made 31 saves for a hard-fought win.

Neither the Stars nor the Jets scored in the first period. The game was scoreless at the end of the first. Winnipeg outshot Dallas 10-9 after 20 minutes.

The Stars finally got on the board to open the second period. Thomas Harley fired a snap shot into the Jets’ net for a 1-0 lead 2:13 into the second. Ryan Suter got the lone assist on Harley’s third of the season.

The Stars wasted no time doubling their lead. Wyatt Johnston scored an unassisted, short-handed goal on a wrist shot to make it a 2-0 game at 5:20 of the second.

The Jets finally got on the board, responding nearly midway through the second. Cole Perfetti fired a wrist shot into the Stars’ net to cut the road team’s lead to 2-1 at 8:28. Vladislav Namestnikov and Nikolaj Ehlers collected the assists on Perfetti’s fourth of the season.

The Stars were energized, extending their lead a little over three minutes later. Matt Duchene capitalized on the power play with a snap shot to help the Stars to a 3-1 lead at 11:57. Wyatt Johnston and Evgenii Dadonov collected the assists on Duchene’s fourth of the season.

The Stars led the Jets 3-1 at the end of two periods. Dallas outshot Winnipeg 22-17 after 40 minutes.

The Jets made it a one-goal game midway through the third period. Brenden Dillon fired a wrist shot into the Stars’ net to cut the road team’s lead to 3-2 at 10:05. Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor collected the assists on Dillon’s fourth of the season.

The Stars held on for a 3-2 win over the Jets on the road, thanks to Wedgewood’s superb goaltending under pressure, especially in the third period. Winnipeg outshot Dallas 33-30 after a full 60 minutes.

Three Stars of the Game
1. Wyatt Johnston (2 points: 1 goal and 1 assist)
2. Nikolaj Ehlers (1 point: 1 assist)
3. Matt Duchene (1 point: 1 goal)

Salute to Veterans
In honor of Veterans Day, Dallas honored America’s veterans, both past and present, Saturday. The Stars’ Jason Robertson has launched his charity, JR’s Heroes, after being inspired by his billet father while playing junior hockey in Kingston, Ontario, the home of the Kingston Base.

Up Next
The Stars will take on the Minnesota Wild on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Central.

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