The puck just didn’t want to go Winnipeg’s way Thursday evening in Dallas. Following three wins in Florida, Tampa Bay and Nashville, the Jets were unable to set a new franchise record with a sixth-straight road win, ultimately falling 4-3 to the host Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.
A scoreless opening period set the tone for both teams as the Stars and Jets combined for 23 shots – albeit unsuccessful shots, but shots nonetheless. The second period saw Dallas jump out to three quick goals, beginning with a Mattias Janmark strike just seven minutes in on a rebound off a point shot.
Jason Dickinson added to the Stars’ lead two minutes later with a perfect between-the-legs redirection in the high slot that found its way past Connor Hellebuyck’s glove hand. Radek Faksa scored Dallas’ third goal of the frame four minutes later on a fluky bounce that landed on the goal line, before Hellebuyck pushed the puck into his own net.
Kyle Connor gave the Jets a shimmer of hope late in the period as Mark Scheifele capitalized on a falling Miro Heiskanen, before sliding the puck to Connor on a successful two-on-one rush up ice.
Patrik Laine collected his sixth goal of the season in the third period, as he ran some high quality offensive pass interference, pushing his defender off coverage, before allowing a Tucker Poolman point shot to deflect off his chest and past an out-of-position Ben Bishop.
With 4:46 to play, Luca Sbisa scored his first goal as a member of the Winnipeg Jets, drifting in from the point and burying a one-timer from the top of the crease on a backhand setup play from Andrew Copp. Sbisa’s marker tied the game at threes – but that scored did not last long.
Just 25 seconds later, Stars’ captain Jamie Benn threw a ferocious check on Schiefele before redirecting traffic down to the Jets’ end. Benn then finished off the play with his fifth goal of the game, stripping the puck off Laine before walking past a Hellebuyck poke-check and burying far side. Tyler Seguin added an empty-net marker with 35 seconds to play, stealing back both points for Dallas.
The win improved the Stars’ record to 12-1-1 in their last 14 games, while Winnipeg dropped to 13-9-1 on the season. Hellebuyck turned aside 31 shots for the Jets, while Birthday boy Ben Bishop made 23 stops Thursday. The Jets will now travel back to Winnipeg for a home contest against the Columbus Blue Jackets from Bell MTS Place Saturday evening. Puck drop is set for 6:15 PM central. The game can be viewed live on Sportsnet.