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Adam Lowry, Michael Hutchinson lead Jets in 4-2 win over struggling Stars

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WINNIPEG - Adam Lowry used his own rebound to break a second-period tie as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Dallas Stars 4-2 on Tuesday.

Bryan Little, Dustin Byfuglien and Michael Frolik, with an empty-netter, also scored for Winnipeg (31-20-11).

Erik Cole and Jason Demers supplied the offence for Dallas (27-25-9), which is winless in its past four games and slipping out of the playoff picture.

Michael Hutchinson made 26 saves for Winnipeg. He has points in his last six starts (4-0-2).

Jhonas Enroth stopped 21 shots for Dallas. He got the start after giving up six third-period goals in the Stars' 6-2 loss to Minnesota last Sunday.

It was the last meeting this season between the teams. Winnipeg has won three of the four matches.

Winnipeg took a 1-0 lead at 5:05 of the first period with Stars forward Jason Spezza in the penalty box for cross-checking.

Little's shot bounced off a Dallas defender and then hit Enroth and went in for his team-leading 24th goal of the season.

Dallas didn't record its first shot on goal until about seven minutes into the period and Winnipeg held the 14-10 margin after 20 minutes.

It was Winnipeg's turn to lag on shots in the second period.

Cole scored his 18th goal of the season at 12:00 and Winnipeg hadn't yet registered a shot. Spezza fed Cole a pass across the front of the net for his 37th assist of the season.

Spezza now has points in nine of his last 10 games, including five goals and nine assists.

Lowry tallied Winnipeg's first two shots on goal in the period when he got his own rebound and then flipped the puck past Enroth at 14:34 to give the Jets the 2-1 lead.

Dallas held a 20-18 edge in shots heading into the final period.

Defenceman Jacob Trouba helped stretch Winnipeg's lead to 3-1 when he sent a long pass out to Byfuglien, who went in alone on Enroth and scored his 15th goal of the season with a low backhand shot at 5:10.

Frolik scored his 13th goal of the season after Spezza turned over the puck and Frolik put it in the empty net at 16:53.

Frolik was replacing right-winger Blake Wheeler on the top line with Little and Andrew Ladd.

Wheeler, who may be nursing an injury related to a shot he took in the knee in Winnipeg's 5-1 loss to Washington last Thursday, had his consecutive-game streak stopped at 227.

Demers scored his third of the season with 1:07 left in the game.

The Jets play their second game of a four-game homestand Thursday against St. Louis. Dallas hosts Colorado on Friday.

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