Free Press Three Stars
★ Blake Wheeler, Jets. Despite just one goal in 14 games, Wheeler also has 12 points over that stretch and had four assists last night to lead the Jets.
★★ Dustin Byfuglien, Jets. The big man has been at his best of late and has five goals in his last four games. He had two goals and an assist last night.
★★★ Toby Enstrom, Jets. - A goal and two assists, Enstrom helped sparked the offence early on when it was needed.
1. Winnipeg, Trouba 8 (Wheeler) 3:11.
2. Dallas, Chiasson 12 (Goligoski, Eakin) 6:25.
3. Dallas, Seguin 30 (Nichushkin, Benn) 7:02.
4. Winnipeg, Frolik 14 (Enstrom) 11:54.
5. Winnipeg, Enstrom 8 (Wheeler, Cormier) 17:02
Penalties -- Pardy Wpg (roughing) 12:24, Sceviour Dal (high-sticking) 12:43.
6. Winnipeg, Jokinen 16 (Wheeler, Byfuglien) :29.
7. Winnipeg, Byfuglien 18 (Jokinen, Enstrom) 16:30 (pp).
Penalties -- Dillon Dal (tripping) 8:52, Trouba Wpg (high-sticking) 11:29, Nichushkin Dal (hooking) 13:42, Daley Dal (high-sticking) 14:55.
8. Winnipeg, Byfuglien 19 (Wheeler, Jokinen) 3:14.
9. Winnipeg, Kane 16 (unassisted) 7:33.
Penalties -- Benn Dal (roughing) 11:07, Benn Dal (holding) 17:40, Benn Dal (misconduct) 17:40, Roussel Dal (interference) 20:00.
Referees -- Kyle Rehman, Paul Devorski.
Linesmen -- Lonnie Cameron, Mark Wheler.
Attendance -- 15,004 at Winnipeg.
Sick Bay Grows
The Jets announced Sunday that RW Chris Thorburn is out indefinitely with a broken bone in his ankle, surely cracked by blocking a shot on Friday night vs. New York. C Jim Slater was also out with a lower-body issue Sunday, and is day-to-day. They joined Ondrej Pavelec (lower), James Wright (lower), John Albert (upper) and March Scheifele (knee) in sick bay.
To assist the lineup, Winnipeg recalled C Patrice Cormier from St. John's on Sunday and Cormier recorded his first point of the NHL season, an assist.
The Stars caught fire about the same time the Jets did early in 2014, but sustained it longer. After a six-game losing streak in January, the Stars are 12-6-3 since Jan. 12.
"Part of it was that we had a few injuries and we had a flu that was going through our team," coach Lindy Ruff said of the early January troubles. "We had several guys that were playing and guys that were run down.
"And we lost some games coming out of that that we really should have won, played well enough but gave a couple of games away in the lasts, dying minutes kind of a lot like the Montreal game last night. And we didn't win. Once we came out of it, we started to play good, consistent hockey again and we've played it for a good period of time."
-- Tim Campbell, Gary Lawless