The Winnipeg Jets had their first road game of the season last night as they matched up against the Dallas Stars in the Lone Star State.
This was a tightly contested affair but a couple minute span in the final minutes of the second period proved to be the difference.
The Jets and Stars traded goals in the first period and entered the second period tied 1-1. The sides traded chances at the beginning of the second frame and the sides were still tied with five minutes left in the second period.
The end of the second period made the difference in the Winnipeg Jets’ first loss of the season
Jani Hakanpaa gave Dallas the 2-1 lead on a wicked wide-open slapshot from the point, with traffic in front of the Jets’ net, to beat Connor Hellebuyck on his glove side.
Less than two minutes later, Joel Kiviranta increased the Stars’ lead to two goals. The play started as a scramble in front of the net which led to a lapse in coverage in the Jets’ defensive zone.
Lindell got the puck at the point and delivered a terrific cross zone pass to Kiviranta who one-timed the puck home past a sliding Hellebuyck.
The Stars then scored a powerplay goal in the first ten minutes of the third to increase their lead to 4-1. In total, the Jets were outshot 11-6 in the second period.
The Jets tried to mount a comeback but they failed to generate any great scoring chances. Oettinger slammed the door shut to give Dallas the 4-1 victory and both points from this contest.
One interesting stat to look at in this game was the Jets’ powerplay success. The Jets went zero-for-five in the loss.
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The Jets will be back in action on Wednesday night as they begin a tough back-to-back. On Wednesday the Jets take on the Colorado Avalanche in Denver, then on Thursday, they will be in Vegas to play the Golden Knights
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