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Scheifele gets hat trick, lifts Jets past Stars

Wheeler has three assists to help Winnipeg win third straight

by Scott Billeck / Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- Mark Scheifele scored a hat trick to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-2 victory against the Dallas Stars at Bell MTS Place on Thursday.

Scheifele scored the first of three first-period goals by the Jets in 4:18 that made it 3-0.

"We were ready to play," said Scheifele, who extended his point streak to three games (four goals, three assists). "Obviously, we want to have a good start every game. It's just a matter of ramping ourselves up before we get out there and having a good warmup and just being prepared."


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Patrik Laine and Tyler Myers also scored for the Jets (7-3-2), who won their third straight game and are 7-1-2 in their past 10.

Connor Hellebuyck made 21 saves for Winnipeg and is the winningest goalie in the NHL without a regulation loss this season (7-0-1).

Alexander Radulov and Mattias Janmark scored for the Stars (7-6-0). Ben Bishop made 22 saves.

Blake Wheeler, who had three assists, found Scheifele with a cross-ice pass for a one-timer on the power play that gave Winnipeg a 1-0 lead at 10:58 of the first period.

Video: DAL@WPG: Scheifele collects second career hat trick

"I think we've been coming out ready to go," Wheeler said. "We zeroed in on a few things that have given us success. And we're doing them right now. Everyone's doing their job, makes the game a lot easier."

Laine scored his first goal in his past five games to make it 2-0 at 13:04. Myers scored a power-play goal to make it 3-0 at 15:16.

"We dug ourselves a huge hole there," Stars defenseman Marc Methot said. "We know, and we addressed it prior to the game, that they come out very hard here and they've essentially been on a roll lately and they're a good hockey club."

Radulov extended his point streak to four games (four goals, three assists) with his fifth goal of the season at 17:59 to make it 3-1.

Video: DAL@WPG: Radulov snaps backhander past Hellebuyck

Brandon Tanev appeared to make it 4-1 at 15:40 of the second period. But Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock challenged, and the goal was overturned when it was ruled that Scheifele interfered with Bishop.

Janmark used Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba as a screen to make it 3-2 at 18:26, his third goal of the season.

Scheifele scored his second of the game at 1:47 of the third, tipping a shot over Bishop to make it 4-2.

"In this league, if you're down 3-0 in the first, it's hard to come back," Radulov said. "I think we did a pretty decent job in the second. Some moments, I think, we were on top of them with a chance to come back, but then [they got the fourth] and they kind of tried to play more defense and we tried to force things. It wasn't there today."

Jets forward Kyle Connor was awarded a penalty shot at 15:09 of the third but failed to get a shot on goal.

Scheifele completed the hat trick at 19:00, scoring into an empty net.


Goal of the game

Scheifele's power-play goal at 10:58 of the first period.

Video: DAL@WPG: Scheifele fires home power-play goal


Save of the game

Hellebuyck's glove save on Tyler Seguin at 15:48 of the third period.

Video: DAL@WPG: Hellebuyck flashes the glove on Seguin


Highlight of the game

Scheifele's goal at 19:00 of the third for the hat trick.

Video: DAL@WPG: Scheifele scores on empty net for hat trick


They said it

"We were definitely prepared prior but doing it on the ice is a different ballgame and we didn't seem to bring it in those first 10, 15 minutes. We couldn't weather that storm. They were in full control, there's no question they deserved it more than we did." -- Stars defenseman Marc Methot


"I think we're going in the right direction. We're happy with the things that we're doing. But we're not celebrating." -- Jets forward Blake Wheeler


Need to know

Seguin has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his past nine games. With an assist Thursday, he extended his point streak (10 goals, 10 assists) at Bell MTS Place to 10 games. … Wheeler has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past six games.


What's next

Stars: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-SW+, MSG-B, NHL.TV).

Jets: Host the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; SN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV).


Video: Scheifele records hat trick in Jets' 5-2 victory

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