Stars survive overtime but fall in shootout to Jets
DALLAS (AP) — Andrew Ladd stepped on the ice in a shootout knowing Winnipeg had lost two in a row after regulation.
The Jets’ captain made it a happy ending this time.
Ladd scored the only goal in a shootout, Ondrej Pavelec had 35 saves and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Saturday night.
The Jets played past regulation for the third straight game and fourth in the past five. They snapped a three-game losing streak.
“Yeah, nice to be on the other side of an overtime and shootout game for sure,” Ladd said.
After Jamie Benn hit the post and Alex Chiasson was stuffed easily by Pavelec in the shootout, Ladd beat Kari Lehtonen on the glove side. The Jets got the win when Ray Whitney missed wide. Olli Jokinen missed on Winnipeg’s first attempt.
The Jets were penalized for too many men on the ice with 24.6 seconds left in regulation, and Pavelec made a pad save on a point-blank shot from Benn just a few seconds after the faceoff.
“We need him to be our best player on a lot of nights,” Ladd said of Pavelec. “He bailed us out a couple times, but still thought we did a lot of good things.”
The Stars had a 4-on-3 advantage for the first 1:35 of overtime, but the Jets had the two best scoring chances during that stretch. Bryan Little was stuffed by Lehtonen, and Zach Bogosian couldn’t finish a play, trying to beat Lehtonen with a crossover on the goalie’s glove side.
“We made some ill-advised decisions,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff, who returns to Buffalo on Monday night for his first game since getting fired during his 15th season with the Sabres in February. “We gave some pucks up again. Our shots are going to stay high against until we manage the puck better.”
Lehtonen had 37 saves for Dallas, including four in the final minute of overtime, but lost for just the second time this season. Winnipeg won in Dallas in its first visit since relocating from Atlanta, and for just the second time in the franchise’s 14 seasons.
“These three in a row, losing that extra point would have been tough on our group,” Jets coach Claude Noel said. “So I thought we got rewarded.”
Stephane Robidas pulled Dallas even at 1-all at 6:36 of the third period when his shot from the point went through the legs of Lane MacDermid and under Pavelec. The assists went to MacDermid and Vernon Fiddler, who carried the puck into the zone and flipped a pass backward to Robidas.
“It’s tough to win games when you have bad starts,” Fiddler said. “You’re playing catch-up hockey. We can’t be a team that just turns it on in the third and expect to win.”
Evander Kane opened the scoring at 3:28 of the second with a goal during a delayed penalty as an extra Winnipeg skater was joining the play. Kane settled the puck with his glove on the right wing and shot it past Lehtonen as the goalie was settling back in after jumping to make a pad save on a shot.
Tyler Seguin, who had a career-high four points when Dallas beat Winnipeg 4-1 for its only road win earlier this month, was held scoreless but had a team-high five shots.
Winnipeg just missed going up 2-0 in the opening seconds of the third period on a rush that ended with Dallas defenseman Jordie Benn sweeping the puck out of a wide open crease after a shot hit the post.
The Stars had a good chance to go in front with about 6 minutes left, but Seguin couldn’t control the puck with Pavelec out of position.
NOTES: The Winnipeg franchise had just one previous win in Dallas dating to its days in Atlanta. … Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski played nearly 20 minutes after he was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s 5-1 win over Calgary. Kevin Connauton, who replaced Goligoski against the Flames, was a scratch against the Jets. … Winnipeg opened the second of 10 back-to-back sets this season. The Jets play at Colorado on Sunday night. … The Stars were 0 for 4 on the power play and have failed to convert in all 16 chances at home.