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Stars end four-game winless streak, defeat Jets in OT

Pavelski scores on power play at 2:02 after Winnipeg ties it late in third period

by Josh Clark / Independent Correspondent

Pavelski notches OT winner

WPG@DAL: Pavelski pots quick shot for overtime winner

Tyler Seguin fires a shot, collects the rebound and dishes the puck to Joe Pavelski, who buries the game-winning goal in overtime

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DALLAS -- Joe Pavelski scored a power-play goal at 2:02 of overtime to give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets at American Airlines Center on Thursday.

"The guys were invested tonight," Pavelski said. "That's the bottom line. The emotion that came out of this game was good to see. It was a good four-line game and the goalies were solid. 

"We would've liked to get the two points outright, but at the end of the night that extra one was huge."


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Mark Scheifele scored with 45 seconds remaining in the third period to tie the game at 2-2 for the Jets. The goal was reviewed for a potential missed stoppage because of a hand pass, but it was upheld by the NHL Situation Room.

"When you get it to that point in the game, especially dominating the third the way we did, you want to leave with a better feeling," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "But a good road point and a good battle back. I'm really happy with that."

Video: WPG@DAL: Benn rips puck past Hellebuyck in the 1st

Jamie Benn and Denis Gurianov scored, Miro Heiskanen and Tyler Seguin each had two assists, and Ben Bishop made 36 saves for the Stars (16-11-3), who won the second half of a home-and-home with the Jets to end a four-game winless streak (0-3-1). The Jets won 5-1 on Tuesday. 

"A big part of it was just having a good start and being more emotionally involved and engaged," Stars forward Blake Comeau said. "We were more of a physical team than we were in Winnipeg.

"I think we are playing our best hockey when we have guys playing physical, we're checking well and we're creating chances that way."

Connor Hellebuyck made 36 saves for the Jets (17-10-2), who are 9-3-1 in the past 13 games.

Benn scored with a wrist shot on a power play at 18:27 of the first period to give the Stars a 1-0 lead. 

"We have a lot of character in this room," Benn said. "After our effort in Winnipeg, we weren't ourselves and it wasn't our team. We responded tonight."

Gurianov made it 2-0 at 9:25 of the second with a wrist shot from the right circle. It was his first goal since Nov. 2 when he scored twice against the Montreal Canadiens.

"I thought we played with really good emotion throughout the entire game," Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. "I thought it was important that we responded, and we did respond. I really liked the way that we came out and went after them."

Blake Wheeler cut the lead to 2-1 at 1:38 of the third period on a shot that deflected off Bishop's arm.

"We're the same," Wheeler said about his line with Nikolaj Ehlers and Jack Roslovic. "Just stayed with it and we had some [shots blocked] before that that we could've capitalized on. But yeah, just stay in the fight and have a great battle."

Dallas went 2-for-5 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.

"I thought the power play generated a lot of momentum for us," Montgomery said. "I know the numbers are good at 2-for-5, but throughout the power plays I thought we generated a lot of momentum for our bench and our team."

Video: WPG@DAL: Gurianov buries wrist shot in the 2nd period


They said it

"It was hard. They played hard. We played hard. It was a good, solid hockey game by both teams. Both teams worked hard. It's always a fun game against Dallas. It [stinks] when a beautiful game like that ends the way it did." -- Jets forward Mark Scheifele

"Our game has gotten away from us a little bit over the last three or four games and we invested a lot through that [seven-game] winning streak. The biggest challenge is to invest that every night, and for whatever reason we got away from it a little bit. Tonight, the message was received that we needed a better effort. That was more 'our hockey.'" -- Stars forward Joe Pavelski 

Video: Pavelski scores on the rebound to beat the Jets


Need to know

Jets forward Patrik Laine has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past five games. He has 20 assists in 27 games this season, matching his total from 82 games last season. … Ehlers extended his point streak to four (two goals, three assists). … Jets defenseman Neal Pionk played a game-high 27:40. … Pavelski scored his first goal in 11 games. … Seguin has 45 points (24 goals, 21 assists) in 40 career games against the Jets. … Bishop is 7-1-1 in his past nine starts. … Stars forward Alexander Radulov, who has two goals in his past nine games, was scratched for the first time this season. 


What's next

Jets: Host the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-W, NHL.TV)

Stars: Host the New York Islanders on Saturday (9 p.m. ET; FS-SW, MSG+ 2, NHL.TV)

Video: Pavelski notches OT winner to lift Stars past Jets

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