Pavelski Scores on Power Play in OT, Stars Beat Jets 3-2

DALLAS — Joe Pavelski scored on the power play 2:02 into overtime and the Dallas Stars beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Thursday night.

Joe Pavelski Dallas Stars
Joe Pavelski, Dallas Stars (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

The winning goal came 31 seconds after Josh Morrissey went to the penalty box. Tyler Seguin picked up a rebound of his own shot and sent a backhand pass to Pavelski, who scored his sixth goal this season.

Dallas goalie Ben Bishop made 36 saves, 15 in the third period and overtime. Jamie Benn and Denis Gurianov scored the first two goals of the game. The Stars had lost 11 of the last 14 games against Winnipeg.

Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele tied the game with third-period goals for the Jets. Scheifele’s came with 45 seconds left in regulation, after goalie Connor Hellebuyck had been lifted for a sixth skater. Hellebuyck also had 36 saves.

The Stars pulled within one point of the Jets, third in the Central Division.

Benn scored on the power play in the first period and Gurianov scored his first goal in more than a month in the second period.

Winnipeg Jets Blake Wheeler
Winnipeg Jets right wing Blake Wheeler (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

Wheeler scored for Winnipeg at 1:38 of the third.

Two minutes into the game, the Stars’ Corey Perry poked the puck away from Hellebuyck and inside the left post. The apparent goal was waved off immediately.

With 3:38 left in the first, a scramble in the blue paint in front of Hellebuyck went to video review, which indicated that the puck didn’t go past the goal line. The goalie stopped two shots, defenders blocked two other close-in attempts and Scheifele and Dallas’s Blake Comeau went off for roughing.

A tripping penalty on the Jets’ Patrik Laine resulted in a Dallas power play. As Scheifele and Comeau returned to the ice, Benn sent a wrist shot from the top of the left faceoff circle past Hellebuyck into the right side of the net.

The Stars outshot Winnipeg 14-8 and led 1-0 after one period.

Gurianov gave Dallas a 2-0 lead at 9:25 of the second. His wrist shot from the right circle found a hole between Hellebuyck’s blocker and pad leading into the lower left corner.

Bishop stopped all 15 shots by the Jets in the second. The Stars had 16.

Wheeler broke up the shutout with a wrist shot from low in the right circle that bounced off Bishop and over his left shoulder into the net. It was Wheeler’s ninth goal and 37th point in 34 career games against Dallas.

NOTES: Jets D Nathan Beaulieu returned after missing four games because of an upper-body injury. … Dallas RW Alexander Radulov was a healthy scratch. … The Stars lost 5-1 at Winnipeg on Tuesday. This was the first of three home-and-home series in December for the Jets. … Scheifele has 16 goals and 34 points in 29 career games vs. the Stars. … Dallas RW Denis Gurianov’s fifth goal of the season was his first since Nov. 2.


Jets: Play Anaheim on Sunday in the first of two home games.

Stars: Host the Islanders on Saturday in the second of a four-game homestand.


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