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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