The Dallas Stars lost their third straight game, and this one was ugly. After dropping two close games in a home-and-home series with Chicago over the weekend, the Stars were blown out, 8-2, in Winnipeg Tuesday night.
"Pretty much embarrassing from start to finish. We came in here and played a terrible game, and that's what you get," said Stars captain Jamie Benn. "It's pretty much rock bottom, I think. I don't think you can get any worse than that."
The Stars allowed eight goals in a game for the first time since March 16, 2013, when they lost 8-1 to the Blackhawks at American Airlines Center.
Not much went right for the Stars, who gave up four even-strength goals, three power-play goals, and a shorthanded tally.
"Definitely an embarrassing loss," said Stars center Tyler Seguin. "I made a lot of personal mistakes, five goals that I am accountable for. Four I could have made a difference on and another I took a stupid penalty on."
"We made some really dumb mistakes that we paid dearly for," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "We turned pucks over; it's some missed assignments. Every play turned into a big play for them. It's hard. We're too shorthanded to be a dumb team, and we were a dumb team tonight."
Patrick Eaves and Seguin scored for the Stars, who lost for the sixth time in the past seven games and fell to 4-6-3 on the season. Kari Lehtonen got the start in goal and stopped seven of 11 shots before being pulled midway through the game. Antti Niemi played the rest of the way and stopped 16 of 20.
Patrik Laine (three goals, one assist) and Mark Scheifele (two goals, two assists) both had four-point nights for the Jets, who improved to 6-7-1 on the season.
"It was a great win, 8-2 doesn't happen every day," Laine said. "I am proud of the team. We played a really good game today."
The Stars had a 14-5 shots advantage in the first period, but the Jets got some quality chances and buried them to take a 2-0 lead. Nikolaj Ehlers set up Scheifele on a three-on-one rush and Scheifele scored from close range to put the Jets up 1-0 just over three minutes into the game. Laine made it a 2-0 game at the 8:46 mark of the first, tipping a Ben Chiarot shot from the left point past Lehtonen.
The Stars started the second period on a power play, and Eaves scored off a nice feed from Devin Shore to cut the lead to 2-1 at the 1:15 mark. After that, it was all Jets for the rest of the period. Winnipeg outshot the Stars 17-0 and scored four times to build a 6-1 lead after 40 minutes.
Laine was left alone in front of the net with Winnipeg on the power play and scored after a couple of attempts on Lehtonen to put Winnipeg up 3-1 at the 6:51 mark. Laine scored his third of the night off the rush, and it was a 4-1 game midway through the second. That ended the night for Lehtonen, who was replaced by Niemi. Marko Dano and Scheifele scored power-play goals later in the period, and the Jets had a 6-1 lead.
Seguin scored on the power play early in the third, but Andrew Copp scored shorthanded, and Adam Lowry tacked on a goal late in the third to round out the scoring to make it an 8-2 final.
"The best way to [fix] it is to jump right back in it," said Benn. "Everybody has to step up as a team, look in the mirror, lay it all out there and do whatever it takes to win a hockey game. That next game can't come fast enough."
*The Stars are 0-5-2 when the opposition scores the first goal of the game.
*There were 94 penalty minutes handed out in the game, including four sets of fighting majors: Stars forward Brett Ritchie vs. Jets forward Adam Lowry; Stars forward Radek Faksa vs. Jets defenseman Tyler Myers; Stars forward Antoine Roussel vs. Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien; Stars forward Gemel Smith vs. Jets forward Brandon Tanev
*The Jets outshot the Stars 31-30. The Stars had a 60-59 edge in shot attempts.
*Antoine Roussel led the Stars with 5 shots on goal and 8 shot attempts.
*Tyler Seguin and Patrick Eaves were both minus-4 for the Stars. John Klingberg and Esa Lindell were both minus-3.
*The Stars were 2-5 on the power play and 2-5 on the penalty kill.
*The Stars won 29 of 60 faceoffs (48 percent).
*Devin Shore won 12 of 17 faceoffs (71 percent). Radek Faksa won 7 of 16 (44 percent). Tyler Seguin won 4 of 9 (44 percent). Gemel Smith won 3 of 10 (30 percent).
*Johnny Oduya led the Stars with 19:49 of ice time.
The Stars continue their road trip Thursday when they play at Calgary. That game will be the front end of a back-to-back set for the Stars who also play at Edmonton on Friday.
Jamie Benn - Tyler Seguin - Patrick Eaves
Antoine Roussel - Radek Faksa - Brett Ritchie
Curtis McKenzie - Gemel Smith - Adam Cracknell
Patrik Nemeth - Devin Shore - Lauri Korpikoski
Esa Lindell - John Klingberg
Johnny Oduya - Stephen Johns
Dan Hamhuis - Jordie Benn
Scratched: Jamie Oleksiak, Justin Dowling
Injured: Jason Spezza (lower body), Jiri Hudler (illness), Patrick Sharp (concussion), Cody Eakin (knee), Mattias Janmark (knee), Ales Hemsky (hip)
Watch: Postgame Quotes
Lindy Ruff: "You can't spend any time on this. You've got to trash this and move on."
Jamie Benn: "That next game can't come fast enough."
This story was not subject to approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.