Stars Fall to Winnipeg for Second Time in 5 Days
After losing 5-2 to division rival the Winnipeg Jets last Thursday in Winnipeg, the Dallas Stars were looking for revenge on Monday night.
They didn’t find it.
Instead they lost 4-1 at home and must regroup amidst a much-needed break before they play again on Friday.
The Jets struck first with 26 seconds into the game on a goal by Jets forward Mark Scheifele, then followed that 5 minutes later with a goal by Jets forward Patrik Laine to make it 2-0 with only 6 minutes into the game.
Adding insult to injury, the Jets scored yet again with 1 minute remaining(Kyle Connor) in the 1st period to take a commanding 3-0 lead over the Stars – in the first period. The Jets also scored three first period goals in last week’s game against the Stars.
The Stars would score less than 5 minutes into the second period on a Power Play goal from Jamie Benn, who was playing in his 600th career NHL game tonight. It would be their only goal of the night despite his best efforts including trying for a second goal on another power play but was stopped by Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck.
“Jamie just about carried us on his back. He was unbelievable. We need more people to get involved in that direction.”
The Stars don’t play again until Friday and Coach Ken Hitchcock said that time will be spent “soul-searching.”
“We’ve had the same performances by the same guys and that’s pretty telling and that puts us in a position where we gotta do some soul-searching over the next 2 or 3 days if we want to get to the next level and play against the big boys.
“It’s a different animal when you’re playing against Winnipeg, and teams like St. Louis and Nashville,” Hitchcock said highlighting divisional rivals they’ve had trouble with this season. “We’ve had the same underwhelming performances by the same people so we’ve got to make some decisions.”
The Stars have been battling injuries lately, missing three forwards: Brett Ritchie, who was placed on injured reserve Sunday, and Tyler Pitlick and Radek Faksa both missed tonight’s game. The shortage at this position led to defenseman Jamie Oleksiak playing forward.
The Stars and Jets will meet twice more this season; Feb. 24, 2018 in Dallas, and March 18th at Winnipeg.
The Stars will complete their three-game homestand on Friday, Nov. 10th when they take on the New York Islanders.
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