Ondrej Pavelec made a season-high 46 saves, leading the Winnipeg Jets past the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Thursday night.
Pavelec made 22 of his saves in the second period, preserving what was then a 1-0 lead. Pavelec stopped breakaways by the Stars’ Shawn Horcoff and Cody Eakin.
Michael Frolik scored a first-period goal, and Evander Kane added a short-handed clincher at 7:34 of the third during a four-minute Dallas power play.
Trevor Daley scored the Stars’ goal at 18:44 of the third period after coach Lindy Ruff had pulled goalie Anders Lindback.
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Winnipeg killed all of the Stars’ season-high seven power plays, including four in the third period. Dallas’ power play is 1 for 24 in the last seven games.
Lindback made 20 saves for Dallas before leaving for the extra skater with 2 1/2 minutes to play.
Dallas fell to 19-17-7 (45 points), nine points behind wild-card leader Winnipeg (23-14-8). The Stars dropped to 2-9-5 against Central Division foes.
Winnipeg took a 1-0 lead just 3:53 into the game. Mathieu Perreault passed in front from the right corner, and Frolik skated in to redirect the puck past Lindback.
The Jets killed two penalties in the first period, and outshot the Stars 11-9.
Dallas dominated the second period, outshooting Winnipeg 22-6, but neither team scored.
With the teams skating 4-on-4, Eakin had a breakaway but shot the puck over Pavelec’s left shoulder and the crossbar.
Another Dallas penalty gave the Jets a 4-on-3 power play, but Jamie Oleksiak cleared the puck to avoid trouble.
Winnipeg had another power play to begin the third period, but a penalty against Dustin Byfuglien 36 seconds in put the Stars a man up for 52 seconds.
The score remained 1-0 until a double-minor against Blake Wheeler gave Dallas a 4-minute power play.
The Stars still didn’t score, but the Jets did. Kane knocked a bouncing puck off Daley’s skate and between Lindback’s legs for a short-handed goal at 7:34.
To start the game, Ruff switched the first two lines, moving up Eakin to center Jamie Benn and Brett Ritchie and putting Tyler Seguin with Antoine Roussel and Ryan Garbutt.
Seguin, still tied for the NHL lead in goals entering the game, and Benn had totaled only three goals in the previous 10 games.
Eakin and Seguin were back with their former lines before the first period ended.
▪ Lindback earned his sixth start by stopping 34 of 36 in 2 1/2 periods in relief of Kari Lehtonen on Tuesday.
▪ Stars center Vernon Fiddler (lower-body injury) missed his second straight game.
▪ Winnipeg’s Perreault assisted on Frolik’s goal for his ninth point in five games.
▪ Pavelec has reached his career high of 50 saves twice.