Stars surge past Jets 6-4

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 14, 2013 at 7:34 pm •  Published: December 14, 2013
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Tyler Seguin was relieved he and Dallas Stars teammate Jamie Benn finally had something good in common on Saturday afternoon.

The pair ended pointless droughts when they each scored two goals in a 6-4 victory over the Winnipeg Jets that halted a two-game losing skid for the Stars.

"I feel like I got my monkey off my back with him getting a couple," said Seguin, who also had a pair of assists.

"It's nice to see. Sometimes things just aren't going in, but he made some great shots tonight and stepped out at the right time."

Seguin and Benn had been held pointless in their two previous games — losses to Nashville and Chicago — but Benn hadn't scored a goal since Nov. 14.

Benn scored his eighth goal of the season at 13:46 of the second period to give the Stars a 3-2 lead.

Sergei Gonchar had a career-high four assists. Rookie Valeri Nichushkin scored a goal. Center Colton Sceviour got his first NHL goal in his first game this season for the Stars, who only have four wins in their past 10 games.

Kari Lehtonen, playing his 200th game for the Stars and 404th career NHL game, stopped 34 of the 38 shots he faced.

Blake Wheeler had a pair of goals, Matt Halischuk also scored and Olli Jokinen added a goal and assist for Winnipeg, which is winless in its past six home games.

Their previous victory at MTS Centre was Nov. 15 in a 3-2 shootout against Philadelphia.

Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec was replaced by Al Montoya to start the third period. Pavelec stopped 19 of the 24 shots he faced. Montoya made seven saves on eight shots.

Going into the game, Winnipeg, Dallas and Nashville were tied with 33 points at the bottom of the Central Division. However, Winnipeg has played three more games than Dallas and one more than the Predators, who host San Jose Saturday night.

Winnipeg is 3-11-3 against division opponents. Dallas's mark is 3-6-3.

The Stars led 2-1 after the first period and 5-3 after the second on late power-play goals by Benn and Seguin one minute and three seconds apart. The goals were scored while Jets winger Anthony Peluso was off for a boarding major and a game misconduct.

Peluso had hit defenseman Alex Goligoski into the boards. Goligoski left the ice with a towel against his right eye, but returned to the game.



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