With a super hot visiting Dallas Stars team, the Winnipeg Jets had their hands full tonight, but were up for the challenge and hungry for points.
Nik Antropov opened the scoring picking up that important first goal, just over two minutes into the game. The home team added four more in the second period and took a 5-2 final over the Stars in the MTS Centre Wednesday night.
Evander Kane and Eric Fehr each scored one while captain Andrew Ladd added a pair on the night. Loui Eriksson tallied both Stars goals.
Ondrej Pavelec stopped 28 of the 30 shots he saw while Richard Bachman stopped 23 of 28.
The Jets are back in action Friday night against the Washtington Capitals in another crucial tilt. Catch that game at 7:30pm on TSN Jets.
Nik Antropov got the Jets on the board just 2:21 into the first period on the third shot of the game. Antti Miettinen dug the puck out of the corner and sent a nice pass onto the tape of Antropov waiting inside the circle. He released a quick wrist shot that flew over the shoulder of Bachman stick-side. Grant Clitsome picked up his second point as a Jet picking up an assist on the goal. 1-0 Jets early.
After twenty minutes of play, the Jets led 1-0 and were up 10-9 on the shot clock. The Jets also led in the faceoff circle by a 59%-41% margin, as well as in the hits column, 15-13.
The Jets got off to a great start in the second period as Evander Kane scored his 28th of the season 1:19 in. Kyle Wellwood started the play sending a nice feed to Alexander Burmistrov breaking up the right wing into the Dallas zone. Burmistrov blasted a shot from the top of the circle that Bachman blocked but he sent a huge rebound out to the left circle where Kane was waiting to bury the rebound. 2-0 Jets.
Dallas took the game's first penalty of the night as Vernon Fiddler was caught for tripping. The Jets had a couple of good scoring chances but weren't able to convert on the man advantage.
Eric Fehr added to the Jets lead at 8:28 as Eric Fehr blasted a slap shot from the top of the circle on a partial breakaway. He pinched out his defender allong the boards and squeezed past him to set himself up with a great shot.
The Jets kept pushing as Andrew Ladd added a fourth goal to the board under a minute later. With a ton of pressure down low around the Stars net, Dustin Byfuglien took a shot that Bachman kicked aside. Blake Wheeler then found the loose puck and got it to Ladd down low to lift the puck up and into the net. 4-0 Jets.
Ladd added a power play marker at 16:12 of the middle frame as he redirected Dustin Byfuglien's fluttering shot from the point as it was making it's way through traffic. It hit Bachman but he didn't quite have a hold of it as it fell to the ice and trickled through his legs and across the line. Ladd's 100th franchise point had the Jets up 5-0.
The Stars answered back 17 seconds later as they marched the puck down the length of the ice. Mike Ribeiro walked right in and fired a shot on Pavelec that was turned aside but Loui Eriksson was there to tap in the rebound. 5-1 Jets.
After five goals were scored in the second period, time finally expired with the Jets on top 5-1, and leading 23-22 in shots on net.
The pace slowed considerably through the first half of the final period but the Jets by no means were sitting back on their heals. Both teams had a number of scoring chances but just couldn't find the finishing touch. Through 13 minutes, the Jets still held a 5-1 lead on the Stars.
Eriksson inched the Stars a little closer as he tallied his second of the game at 16:16. Michael Ryder leaped and caught a flying puck down low beside Pavelec. He quickly threw the puck in front and found Eriksson to put the puck past Pavelec. 5-2 Jets.
Moments later, tempers began to flare after one of the Stars gave Pavelec a shove in his crease. A handful of Jets stood up for their goaltender and dropped the gloves. As penalties were being handed out, Adam Burish took Tanner Glass' glove and launched it into the crowd earning him an extra two minutes and a game misconduct. Glass in return got a 10 minute misconduct for fighting back. Vernon Fiddler also picked up a 10 minute miscondict on the play.
That's how this one would end as the Jets walk away with a 5-2 win and a valuable two points. They will enjoy tomorrow and prepare to welcome another big opponent, the Washington Capitals, Friday night.