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Scheifele scores twice in Jets win against Stars

Wheeler has four assists to help Winnipeg extend its point streak to eight games

by Sean Shapiro / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- The Winnipeg Jets scored three times in the first period and extended their point streak to eight games with a 4-1 win against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Monday. 

Mark Scheifele scored two goals, Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor each had a goal, and Blake Wheeler had four assists for the Jets, who are 5-0-3 in their past eight games. 

"I have a real strong memory of very, very tight, tough games," Jets coach Paul Maurice said of the streak. "What I like is these have been tough games and we've battled hard. Haven't had control of the whole game by any means, we're not blowing anybody out of the water, but we're battling hard."

 

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Connor Hellebuyck made 33 saves for his eighth win. Hellebuyck is the only goalie in the NHL with at least six starts and no regulation losses (8-0-2). 

Scheifele scored on the first shot of the game 26 seconds into the first period. He carried the puck in from the red line and beat Ben Bishop with a wrist shot on the stick side for a 1-0 lead. 

"It was a great drive by [Wheeler]," Scheifele said. "He made it all happen. Happy to be the one benefiting from it."

Laine gave Winnipeg a 2-0 lead at 5:12 on the power play on a shot from above the face-off circle. The goal, his seventh, extended his goal streak to three games, and was his fourth power-play goal of the season. 

Winnipeg pushed the lead to 3-0 at 19:03 when Connor scored on a two-on-one rush with Wheeler, who intercepted an attempted stretch pass by John Klingberg.

Video: WPG@DAL: Laine extends lead with power-play goal

"You always talk about it ever since you were little," Bishop said. "Can't give up goals in the first minute of the period and the last minute of the period. Supposed to really hunker down there and we gave up a goal in the first minute and the last minute, and we can't be happy with that."

Jamie Benn cut the lead to 3-1 at 4:13 of the second period on the power play. Klingberg's point shot took a hard bounce off the end boards toward the crease and Benn scored on the rebound for his eighth goal of the season. 

Alexander Radulov had the secondary assist to extend his point streak to six games (four goals, five assists). 

Scheifele scored into an empty net with 13 seconds remaining in the third period.

Video: WPG@DAL: Benn scores PPG in 600th NHL game

 

Goal of the game

Connor's goal at 19:03 of the first period.

Video: WPG@DAL: Connor scores off Wheeler's nifty pass

 

Save of the game

Hellebuyck's pad save on Benn at 10:58 of the second period.

Video: WPG@DAL: Hellebuyck kicks out pad to rob Benn

 

Highlight of the game

Scheifele's goal 26 seconds into the first period.

Video: WPG@DAL: Scheifele scores in game's opening minute

 

They said it

"You know what, all over on both sides of that puck, big numbers score goals, right? But they're on at the start of the third to finish the kill too. In the defensive parts of the game, their shift length was good too. Real nice job leading by example in terms of how we want to play, and they seem to be getting better and stronger." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice on Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler 

 

"It's embarrassing, really. It seems like you can pretty much win a hockey game in the first period these days. They've done it to us twice now, and we did it to Buffalo last game, there is no excuse. It's embarrassing." -- Stars captain Jamie Benn on the first period 

 
Need to know

Trevor Strader sang the United States national anthem before the game. Strader is the son of former Stars play-by-play announcer Dave Strader, who died of cancer Oct. 1. … Because of injuries, Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak played his first career NHL game at forward. He had seven shifts in 4:44. … Bishop made 22 saves.

Video: WPG@DAL: Trevor Strader sings U.S. national anthem

 
What's next

Jets: At the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday (10:30 p.m. ET; ATTSN-RM, TSN3, NHL.TV) 

Stars: Host the New York Islanders on Friday (8:30 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-SW, NHL.TV) 

 

Video: Wheeler has four assists in Jets' win against Stars

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