Star beat the Jets first place to end losing four losing matches


DALLAS – Brett Ritchie, Blake Comeau, and Radek Faksa scored their first goals in the new year and Dallas Stars defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 who led the Central Division on Saturday night.

Goals by Ritchie, Comeau and Faksa gave Dallas a 3-0 lead after two periods. Tyler Seguin scored in the third period. Ben Bishop made 15 of his 27 saves in the third period when Dallas ended a four-game losing streak.

Branden Lemieux and Kyle Connor scored 21 seconds apart in the third period, collecting the Jet in 3-2. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 36 shots for the Jets, who have won four times in a row and 18-6 in their previous 24 matches.

Lemieux scored three goals in Winnipeg's last two matches. Connor has three of the last three matches overall, and three of the three matches against the Stars this season.

During the slippage of their four matches, Bintang only scored three goals and 0 for 11 in power games.

The Stars scored their first power-play goal in five matches when Ritchie tipped John Klingberg's shot from the blue line at 6:54 first.

Ritchie's third goal of the season is his first point since December 7. He has played in only 10 of Dallas's 20 matches since and is a healthy start in the other 10.

Comeau gave Bintang a 2-0 lead 22 seconds into the second period. He rebounded from Esa Lindell's shot and put it past the Hellebuyck from the left side of the net. Comeau's fifth goal was his first point since December 29, after nine goals of drought.

Roman Polak came out of the penalty box, and 14 seconds after the fourth successful penalty won by Stars, he helped Faksa's eighth goal, a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle at 13:36 seconds. Faksa has been scoreless in eight matches, dating to December 31.

Lemieux in Winnipeg slid in from the right corner and shot past Bishop to the left corner of the net at 3:25 from the third. After a faceoff, the pieces go to Connor low in the right circle, and he sends them to the upper right corner for the Jets.

NOTE: Connor's goal gave him 100 career points. . The Jets penalty killer was 12 for 12 in the previous three matches. . The stars have been 0 for 11 in the game of power for their fourth straight defeat and went 2 to 7 Saturday. . Dallas C Tyler Pitlick (upper body injury) sits. . Rookie Lemieux had his third fight this season, this time against Connor Carrick's Stars D in the first period. . Three Texas Rangers – Delino DeShields Jr., Joey Gallo and Rougned Odor – dropped the first ceremonial money before the match.


Jets: After the All-Star break, on January 28, they will return to Philadelphia.

Stars: Break 11 days before meeting Buffalo on January 30 in fifth of six straight home matches.


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