Connor snaps 10-game pointless streak as Jets’ offence fires up to burn Stars
Kyle Connor was happy to be part of an offensive burst that the Winnipeg Jets needed.
The winger ended a 10-game pointless streak with a goal that helped the Jets defeat the Dallas Stars 5-1 on Sunday.
“Yeah, felt good,” Connor said. “Nothing’s really changed too much from my game. I thought I was a little quicker tonight, played with lots of speed.”
Adam Lowry, Tyler Myers, Bryan Little and Josh Morrissey, with an empty-net goal, also scored for Winnipeg. Morrissey and Little each added an assist and Jacob Trouba contributed a pair.
Alexander Radulov had a power-play goal for the Stars, who lost for the first time in regulation in their last six games (4-1-1).
Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves for the Jets (26-13-2), who rebounded after being shut out 4-0 by Pittsburgh on Friday and are 2-3 in their last five games.
Ben Bishop stopped 25 shots for the Stars (22-17-4).
“It was one of those nights where you weren’t getting the bounces, but I felt pretty good,” Bishop said. “You’ve got to find a way to make a couple more saves there at the end.”
Winnipeg outshot the visitors 13-9 in the scoreless first period. After Lowry was called for a questionable goaltender-interference penalty, John Klingberg’s shot from the point went in off Radulov at 1:56 of the second.
Radulov has a goal and five assists during a three-game point streak. Tyler Seguin was credited with the second assist. It was his 300th NHL career assist and extended his point streak to five games with four goals and three assists.
Lowry got some satisfaction exactly a minute later with the equalizer after getting his own rebound and firing the puck past Bishop. Myers’ wraparound made it 2-1 at 18:56.
“It was nice to get a shift a minute after and be able to go out and redeem yourself,” Lowry said. “It doesn’t always work out that way.
“Sometimes you’ve got to sit and stew. But it’s important you don’t dwell on it and become frustrated and let it affect the rest of your game.”
Lowry’s goal was karma for Jets, said head coach Paul Maurice.
“I think that was all hockey gods,” Maurice said. “I think that was just a balancing of the scale on the call.”
Connor extended Winnipeg’s lead at 1:15 of the third with a blast from the high slot to record his 14th goal of the season and 29th point.
He was back on the top line with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler in Winnipeg’s first game without winger Nikolaj Ehlers, who’s out with an upper-body injury for at least a month. Mason Appleton filled the roster spot.
The Stars pulled Bishop with five minutes remaining and Morrissey notched his fifth goal of the season at 16:30 while the Jets were shorthanded. With Bishop back in net, Little scored with 18 seconds left.
Dallas head coach Jim Montgomery said he liked the way his players competed on the road and they had some chances. The team is 8-12-2 away from home.
“I think it’s only going to get harder,” Montgomery said. “The intensity in the second half is going to pick up and you know that’s one of our better road games of the year and we still didn’t come out on top. So you know we still gotta keep staying with it and get better.”
Winnipeg hosts Colorado on Tuesday. Dallas continues its three-game road trip with the second game Tuesday in St. Louis.
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