Dallas Stars topple Winnipeg Jets in potential playoff preview

Dallas Stars topple Winnipeg Jets in potential playoff preview

Tyler Seguin and Radek Faksa each scored twice as the Dallas Stars ended a two-game losing skid with a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.

Esa Lindell also had a goal and Alexander Radulov contributed a pair of assists for the Stars (39-31-6), who continue to hold the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Ben Bishop stopped 21 shots for Dallas to record the 200th win of his career.

Kyle Connor had a goal and one assist and Patrik Laine ended a 12-game scoring drought for the Jets with his 30th goal of the season.

Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves for the Jets (45-27-4), who still sit in first place in the Central Division, two points up on Nashville with a game in hand.

Dallas dominated the second period, scoring three goals in a less-than-five-minute span.

The Stars got their first power play of the game early in the second and couldn’t capitalize on five shots, but a minute after it expired, they hit their stride.

Lindell’s shot from the top of the circle went by Hellebuyck’s blocker at 10:27, although it appeared the puck might have been tipped by Faksa.

Faksa then went in alone on Hellebuyck and beat the netminder high on his glove side at 12:23.

The Stars then had a two-man advantage, and Seguin notched his 30th goal of the season with a shot on the blocker side at 15:16. Seguin has scored 30 or more goals in five of his last six seasons.

Seguin tallied his second goal on the power play at 10:34, adding to a four-game point streak that includes four goals and four assists.

Winnipeg responded with a burst of life 29 seconds later as Connor notched his 33rd goal of the season, which followed up the hat trick and one assist he had in Winnipeg’s 5-0 victory over the Predators last Saturday.

Laine blasted a one-timer past Bishop at 15:10 to close the gap 4-2, but Faksa put the puck into an empty net with 40 seconds remaining.

Winnipeg plays the third game of its four-game homestand Thursday against the New York Islanders.

Dallas goes to Calgary on Wednesday to play the second contest in a four-game road trip.

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