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Jets drop third straight in 4-1 loss to Stars

Posted: 10/11/2013 1:17 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 10/11/2013 10:58 PM | Updates

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  • Winnipeg Jets winger Evander Kane (centre) smiles with teammates Michael Frolik (left) and Olli Jokinen during the pre-game skate prior to Friday's game against the Dallas Stars.

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    Winnipeg Jets winger Evander Kane (centre) smiles with teammates Michael Frolik (left) and Olli Jokinen during the pre-game skate prior to Friday's game against the Dallas Stars.

  • Winnipeg Jet goaltender Ondrej Pavelec is beaten by Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars during the first period.

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    Winnipeg Jet goaltender Ondrej Pavelec is beaten by Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars during the first period.

  • From left: Jamie Benn, Rich Peverley and Tyler Seguin celebrate Seguin's first-period goal.

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    From left: Jamie Benn, Rich Peverley and Tyler Seguin celebrate Seguin's first-period goal.

  • Winnipeg Jets' Jacob Trouba (8) and Dallas Stars' Jamie Benn (14) watch as a shot by Tyler Seguin gets past Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (31) during the first period.

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    Winnipeg Jets' Jacob Trouba (8) and Dallas Stars' Jamie Benn (14) watch as a shot by Tyler Seguin gets past Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (31) during the first period.

  • Referees check the eye injury of Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien during the first period.

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    Referees check the eye injury of Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien during the first period.

  • Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen (32) grabs the puck as Evander Kane (9) tries to deflect it past him during the first period.

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    Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen (32) grabs the puck as Evander Kane (9) tries to deflect it past him during the first period.

  • Olli Jokinen gets tied up with Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen during the second period.

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    Olli Jokinen gets tied up with Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen during the second period.

  • Evander Kane gets a shot on Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen during the second period.

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    Evander Kane gets a shot on Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen during the second period.

  • Evander Kane keeps his eyes on the puck during a faceoff in the second period.

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    Evander Kane keeps his eyes on the puck during a faceoff in the second period.

  • Winnipeg Jets' Michael Frolik (67) and Dallas Stars' Alex Goligoski (33) chase down the puck during the second period.

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    Winnipeg Jets' Michael Frolik (67) and Dallas Stars' Alex Goligoski (33) chase down the puck during the second period.

  • Dallas Stars' Trevor Daley (6) and Winnipeg Jets' Matt Halishchuk (15) fight for position in the Stars' corner during the second period.

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    Dallas Stars' Trevor Daley (6) and Winnipeg Jets' Matt Halishchuk (15) fight for position in the Stars' corner during the second period.

  • Bryan Little and Dallas Stars forward Erik Cole (72) race for the puck during the second period.

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    Bryan Little and Dallas Stars forward Erik Cole (72) race for the puck during the second period.

  • Winnipeg Jets' Bryan Little (18) attempts to get around Dallas Stars' Jordie Benn (24) during the second period.

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    Winnipeg Jets' Bryan Little (18) attempts to get around Dallas Stars' Jordie Benn (24) during the second period.

  • Andrew Ladd's deflection is stopped by Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen (32) during the second period.

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    Andrew Ladd's deflection is stopped by Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen (32) during the second period.

  • Dustin Byfuglien slides into the net and goaltender Dan Ellis after Sergei Gonchar of the Dallas Stars tripped him up during the third period.

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    Dustin Byfuglien slides into the net and goaltender Dan Ellis after Sergei Gonchar of the Dallas Stars tripped him up during the third period.

  • Michael Frolik gets a shot on Dallas Stars goaltender Dan Ellis during the third period.

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    Michael Frolik gets a shot on Dallas Stars goaltender Dan Ellis during the third period.

Some things just don’t go together.

Either they’re unsuitable — try to imagine Adam Sandler in Jaws — or they’re incompatible, like Glenn Healy and Mike Milbury on Hockey Night in Canada.

And then there are polar opposites, kind of like the way the Dallas Stars pass the puck and the way the Winnipeg Jets don’t.

Quick, crisp and accurate, the Stars blitzed the Winnipeg Jets for three first-period goals and made a no-contest of Friday night’s NHL game at the MTS Centre, winning 4-1 in a laugher.

Well, not very funny for the Jets. They tried mightily when they fell behind but started a six-game homestand with a third straight loss after winning their first two.

Dallas whipped the puck around with ownership attitude, frequently breaking through defensive seams and creating plenty of scoring chances.

If the Jets had any sequences of three consecutive quality passes, they were far too late and they paled in comparison.

"We knew they had fairly good balance on their lines with skill and speed," said Jets coach Claude Noel. "But it wasn’t only the speed, when you talk about quickness, it’s their puck movement.

"You look at their execution on transition and their execution just entering the zone, they make plays that are tape-to-tape and directed at your net."

Jets left-winger Evander Kane saw plenty of that.

"They put a lot of pucks towards the net and they’ve got a lot of moving parts in the D zone," Kane said. "It was tough to handle and they were able to score some goals.

"I think we’re focusing a little bit too much on what everybody’s saying and what the X’s and )’s are. I think we just need to go out and play hockey. I think we’re hesitant and when you’re in between, you get caught flat-footed."

 

Four real

New centre Tyler Seguin did plenty of damage, breaking out for a four-point night in his third game with the Stars.

Entering the game with just one assist, Seguin had two goals and two assists before the game was 26 minutes old.

 

The chemist

Late in the demoralizing first and trailing 3-0, Noel put his forwards in the jumble bag and started with a whole new wave of combinations, including moving Kane with Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler.

"I understand they were up 3-0, 4-0, but to me we played with a lot more energy and whether that was the changing of the lines, I thought there were a lot more things we could build on," Noel said.

 

When it goes wrong

The first period was Friday’s obvious danger, given that the Stars were waiting in Winnipeg on Thursday night while the Jets were in St. Paul., losing 2-1 to the Minnesota Wild.

Even with all that, the other obvious difference was who buried chances and who didn’t.

Dallas scored three in a seven-minute span and for Winnipeg, Michael Frolik had a chance at an open net from close range, but couldn’t connect on the bouncing puck.

And Blake Wheeler’s last-minute breakaway was unsuccessful and the way these things go when they’re not going well, neither referee bothered with a hook on the hands by Dallas defenceman Trevor Daley.

Considering what passes for a penalty these days (see Thursday’s game in Minnesota), that exact thing will be a penalty shot on some nights this season.

"There were a couple of breakdowns which happen in hockey games," Wheeler said. "They got some opportunities that they capitalized on. I wouldn’t read any farther into it than that. They buried their chances at the right time and got too far ahead."

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

 
History

Updated on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 6:58 PM CDT: Updates photo.

7:47 PM: Updates headline after first period.

8:46 PM: Updates headline after second period, changes art.

9:38 PM: Updates headline after third period.

10:00 PM: Updates text.

10:30 PM: Adds slide show.

10:58 PM: Updates with complete writethru.

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