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Jets able to hold off Stars


DALLAS—Mark Scheifele has hurt the Dallas Stars even more than the other teams in the Central Division.

Scheifele scored two more goals against Dallas and narrowly missed two others, propelling the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-3 victory last night.

At the other end, Jets' goalie Ondrej Pavelec made a season-high 39 saves.

Scheifele has five goals in four games between the teams this season, with the Jets winning three of them.

He has a seven-game point streak against the Stars, with seven goals and seven assists.

“When you're playing against teams in your division, you've got to buckle down,” Scheifele reasoned.

“They're big points," he stressed. "Especially after the all-star break, things ramp up.”

Dallas led 2-1 until Scheifele tied the game with 53 seconds left in the first period.

He then gave the Jets a 3-2 lead during a 5-on-3 power play 5:56 into the second.

The Stars just missed going ahead despite the two-man disadvantage.

Jamie Benn, who had a goal and two assists, had a short-handed breakaway.

“Goalie made a good save, and then [I] kind of made a mistake in the defensive end and they put it in the back of the net,” Benn said.

Just 23 seconds later, Scheifele scored from the inside edge of the right face-off circle.

“Go back a year-and-a-half ago, the number of posts that [Scheifele] hit as a young guy,” noted Jets' coach Paul Maurice.

“He's got a little more poise with that puck and he's placing it better.”

Bryan Little gave Winnipeg a 1-0 lead 6:50 into the game.

John Klingberg and Benn replied for Dallas barely two minutes apart midway through the first.

The Stars put a season-high 42 shots on goal.

Pavelec had not faced more than 37 this season. He stopped all 14 shots in a scoreless third period.

“Some high-end ones, too, on high-end shooters," Maurice noted. ”The ones he could see and then a few that he didn't see until late.

"He was just tracking the puck so well. Best player on the ice.

“Might be the best performance I've ever seen by a goaltender while I've been behind the bench,” Maurice added.

Pavelec's teammates blocked 29 Dallas shots, including eight by Toby Enstrom.

The Stars had 83 shot attempts to 43 for Winnipeg.

Kari Lehtonen made 25 saves for the Stars, but gave up the puck behind the net and didn't skate back around in time to stop Nikolaj Ehlers' shot for the Jets' final goal at 12:51 of the second.

Patrick Eaves later scored at 17:58 to pull the Stars within 4-3.

Winnipeg now has won a season-high three-straight games—all on the road.

The Jets had nine two-game winning streaks before that.

The Stars also entered the night on a two-game win streak. The loss left them two points behind Winnipeg, with both teams fighting to climb into playoff position in the Western Conference.

The Jets play the finale of a four-game trip tomorrow at Colorado.

Elsewhere in the NHL, Philadelphia beat Montreal 3-1, St. Louis dumped Toronto 5-1, Ottawa upended Tampa Bay 5-2, Nashville blanked Edmonton 2-0, and San Jose downed Vancouver 4-1.

Chicago nipped Arizona 4-3 and the N.Y. Rangers edged Buffalo 2-1 (OT).

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