They often talk about playing ‘a complete 60-minute game’. Unfortunately a full 60-minute effort wasn’t quite enough for the Winnipeg Jets Thursday evening at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
The Jets fell behind early in the second game of a home-and-home with the Stars, but clawed their way back to tie the score in the final minute of play, only to see the home team seal the deal on a questionable penalty call midway through overtime.
Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele scored for Winnipeg, while Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 36 of 39 shots he faced Thursday, as the Jets saw their season record drop to 17-10-2 on Joe Pavelski’s overtime winner on a four-on-three man advantage at 2:02 of the extra frame.
After watching Dallas’ Jamie Benn and Denis Gurianov beat Connor Hellebuyck cleanly to give the Stars a 2-0 lead through the midway point of the Central Division matchup, Winnipeg upped its pace of play in the third period, as Blake Wheeler beat Ben Bishop with a fluke bounce just with over 18 minutes to play.
The Jets applied heavy pressure for the majority of the period, at one time limiting Dallas to just one shot in a span of 11 minutes. After a relentless offensive onslaught in the game’s final minutes, Winnipeg finally found the twine again on a Mark Scheifele wrist shot from the slot that beat the Stars’ keeper with just 44.6 seconds to play.
A back-and-forth opening minute of overtime led to a defensive zone battle between Jets’ defenceman Josh Morrissey and Dallas’ Joe Pavelski. After hooking Morrissey to take control of the puck, Pavelski had his stick held by Morrissey, who was handed a two minute minor for his slight offence. After drawing up a play on a team-called timeout, Pavelski buried a Tyler Seguin rebound, ending the game on a power play in overtime.
Now having seen Dallas four times, including three times in 15 days and four in 26, the Jets and Stars will not renew acquaintances until March. Each of the four games of this 2019-20 season series have been won by the home team.
Winnipeg will now return home to Bell MTS Place for a Sunday afternoon contest with the Anaheim Ducks. Puck drop is scheduled for 2:00 PM central, and the game can be viewed live on TSN3.