The Winnipeg Jets were unable to mount a comeback Friday night in front of a sold out crowd at the MTS Centre, giving up three goals in the first period in a 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars.
Stars forward Tyler Seguin scored two goals and added two assists to help improve his team to 2-1-0, while handing the Jets their third consecutive loss.
“We made some mistakes in the first period that ended up in our net,” said head coach Claude Noel in a press conference following the game. “We can’t make those kind of mistakes and expect that our goaltending was going to save us like it has in the previous games.”
Pressure on Pav
It was the second game of a back-to-back for Pavelec and the Jets. Many believed Pav would be given the night off, considering the Jets play again on Sunday against the New Jersey Devils.
But such was not the case as Pavelec played all three periods, allowing four goals on 31 shots for his third loss of the season.
“I thought our goalie was good in the game,” said Noel. “I thought that he certainly wasn’t the one to blame for the game.”
The Jets have allowed an average of 33 shots per game, ranking 24th in the league. Pavelec has had to be stellar all season in order to give his team a chance to win, but a speedy Dallas team proved too much to handle.
Homegrown talent impress
There were at least two Winnipeggers that went home happy Friday night. Stars forwards Cody Eakin and Ryan Garbutt both grew up in Winnipeg before moving away to pursue a career in the NHL.
“I thought we played the way we wanted to,” said Eakin, 22, who mentioned before the game how important it was to quiet the Winnipeg crowd. “They’re loud and we did a good job of taming them early.”
Eakin finished the game with three shots and two hits in 9:29 of ice time. Garbutt added a shot and two hits in the win.
The Jets had their hands full trying to tame the top line of Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Rich Peverley. The trio was a pain in the Jets side all night, combining for eight points in the team’s second consecutive win.
Seguin landed in Dallas as part of a seven-player trade between the Stars and Seguin’s former team, the Boston Bruins. The trade was particularly hard for Bruins’ forward Brad Marchand, who over their years playing together had developed a strong friendship.
It appears that bond has been replaced with Stars’ captain and Seguin’s new linemate, Jamie Benn. The duo clicked almost instantly, with Seguin often spending time at Benn’s place for dinner.
“We (Benn and I) are becoming good friends off the ice and it’s only going to translate to good things on the ice,” said Seguin after the game. “Through training camp and preseason I feel like every day with practices we’re getting to know one another. We bring two different games to the table and we play different positions and I thought the addition of Peverley worked out well tonight.”
The Jets were outworked and outclassed but somehow weren’t outshot. The Jets led that category 44-31, an area that was of concern for the Jets so far this year. Unfortunately that couldn’t translate to goals as the Jets made it easy on their opponents, generating very little scoring opportunities in the game.
First Star: Tyler Seguin, DAL
It was pretty evident early that he was itching to hit the ice after a 6-day span since his last game. In the first period alone, Seguin tallied up a goal and two assists in only 4:55 minutes of ice time. He finished the game with four points (2g, 2a) and was a plus-2 in 17:04 of ice time.
Second Star: Jamie Benn, DAL
The Stars captain used the Jets as a springboard in to the 2013-2014 season. He scored his first goal of the season and added two assists, creating havoc for the Jets all night.
Third Star: Alex Chaisson, DAL
He ended the 2012-2013 lockout shortened season scoring 6 goals in the final seven games. He had two in the first two games heading in to tonight’s game. He now has three as he scored once and added an assist in 13:44 of ice time.