Benn scores twice in 3rd, Stars beat Jets to end 3-game skid

BY foxsports • February 24, 2016

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Jamie Benn scored twice in the third period and the Dallas Stars beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-3 on Tuesday night to end a three-game skid.

Dallas scored three times in the final period, including the 31st and 32nd goals for Benn this season. Colton Sceviour put Dallas up 3-2 12:29 into the third on a goal awarded after a video review showed the puck bounced off the in-net camera before ricocheting out.

Dallas also got goals from Jason Spezza and Valeri Nichushkin. John Klingberg had three assists. Antti Niemi made 22 saves.

Mark Scheifele scored in the third period for Winnipeg, and Alexander Burmistrov and Andrew Ladd also scored. Ondrej Pavelec made 22 saves, and the Jets lost their fourth straight.

Ladd is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and has been the target of rumors involving his departure as the NHL's trade deadline approaches on Feb. 29.

The Stars' seventh-ranked power play went to work early in the first period and produced a result just 7 seconds into Paul Postma's interference minor. Tyler Seguin directed a low shot on goal, but the puck caromed off the skate of Dustin Byfuglien and onto the stick of Spezza, who fired his 19th past Pavelec for the 1-0 lead at 7:15.

The Jets tied the game with their first shot on goal of the second period. Drew Stafford's initial shot was blocked in front of Niemi, but the puck squirted onto Burmistrov's stick, and he shoveled a backhand shot to tie the game at 3:28. The assist was the 200th of Stafford's career.

Dallas restored their lead at 8:14 when Nichushkin wired home a shot from in close after picking up his own rebound.

A pair of 2-on-1 rushes by the Jets while short-handed resulted in the tying goal late in the second.

The Stars thwarted the first rush from Byfuglien and Joel Armia thanks to an impressive stick check by Klingberg. But 20 seconds later the Jets were back, this time with Byfuglien, who fed Ladd in front to make it 2-2 at 16:14.

NOTES: The Jets and Stars complete their long-distance home-and-home with a game at Dallas on Thursday night.


This story has been corrected to show that Jamie Benn has 32 goals this season.