A key moment of Saturday’s game was Jets forward Anthony Peluso hitting Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski from behind late in the second period, taking a major penalty and the Stars scoring twice on the resulting five-minute power play to turn a 3-3 game into a 5-3 lead heading into the second intermission.
Peluso’s hit on Goligoski did not sit well with Stars coach Lindy Ruff.
“I thought the Peluso hit was a joke, for a guy that plays that amount of time and runs a guy like Goligoski from behind. What’s he play, three or four minutes a game? Go run one of our bigger guys,” Ruff said.
Goligoski, who suffered a cut on his head, headed to the locker room for repairs. He did return for the third period.
“It was gutsy of him to come back. It cut him open,” said Ruff. “Those are the hits you want to get rid of. Let’s be serious, the hit was stupid, it’s something we want to get rid of and there is really no place for it. There were some good hits. (Antoine) Roussel got hit hard a couple times, we hit a guy into the bench. It was a hard-hitting game, there was a lot of emotion in the game. But we don’t have any room for that.”
Peluso’s penalty came less than a minute after the Jets had tied the game on a Blake Wheeler goal.
“Any time you take a five minute major it’s never a good situation. It put us in a tough situation,” said Jets coach Claude Noel. “They scored two goals there, the difference in the game. “
Sceviour pots first NHL goal
Stars forward Colton Sceviour, playing his first game of the season for Dallas and the third of his NHL career, scored his first NHL goal. Sceviour scored early in the third period, beating Jets goaltender Al Montoya with a backhand shot on a breakaway.
Sceviour, who played right wing on a line with left wing Antoine Roussel and center Shawn Horcoff, played 14:11 and had five shots on goal.
*The Stars scored 6-plus goals on the road for the second time this season. They are one of only three teams to do that this season, joining Chicago and Ottawa.
*The Stars improved to 3-6-3 against the Central Division. The Jets are now 3-11-3 vs. the Central.
*The Stars were 2-5 on the power play. It was the second time the Stars have scored multiple power play goals in a game this season, both times in Winnipeg.
*The Stars were 3-4 on the penalty kill.
*The Jets outshot the Stars 38-32.
*Jamie Benn and Colton Sceviour led the Stars with 5 shots each.
*The Stars won 30 of 62 (48 percent) of faceoffs. Shawn Horcoff won 8 of 15. Rich Peverley won 7 of 11. Cody Eakin won 3 of 13.
*The multi-goal game was Jamie Benn’s second of the season.
*Tyler Seguin’s two goals gave him four multi-goal games this season.
*The four assists in the game were a single-game career high for Stars defenseman Sergei Gonchar.
*Colton Sceviour scored his first NHL goal in his third NHL game.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin
Erik Cole – Cody Eakin – Alex Chiasson
Ray Whitney – Rich Peverley – Ryan Garbutt
Antoine Roussel –Shawn Horcoff – Colton Sceviour
Alex Goligoski – Brenden Dillon
Aaron Rome – Sergei Gonchar
Kevin Connauton – Jamie Oleksiak
Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Injured: Vernon Fiddler (upper body), Trevor Daley (ankle), Stephane Robidas (leg)
Scratched: Jordie Benn, Dustin Jeffrey
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