Tyler Seguin and Patrick Sharp scored back-to-back goals to start the shootout and the Dallas Stars ended a season-high three-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.
Seguin stopped a three-game pointless streak, his longest of the season, with a first-period goal. Mathieu Perreault pulled Winnipeg even in the second period.
Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 of 28 shots in regulation and all five in overtime. Leading 2-1 in the shootout, he turned away Bryan Little to clinch his seventh win in nine games against the franchise that drafted him second overall in Atlanta in 2002.
The Western Conference-leading Stars hadn’t lost consecutive games all season before going 0-2-1 on an East Coast trip.
Connor Hellebuyck had 23 saves in Winnipeg’s first game since he tied a rookie franchise record with 43 stops against Nashville.
The Stars survived a tripping call against Sharp in overtime, killing the 4-on-3 penalty with a couple of deflections by Lehtonen on angled shots. He also held on to a strong shot by Dustin Byfuglien from a few feet inside the blue line.
Seguin opened the shootout by beating Hellebuyck with a wrister, and Sharp scored on a backhander. Both shots beat the rookie on his right side.
Lindy Ruff tried to shake the Stars’ first funk of the season by splitting up his top scorers, Seguin and Jamie Benn, in the first game after all three were named to the Central Division All-Star team.
Benn was with Jason Spezza and Valeri Nichushkin while Seguin centred a line with Sharp and Mattias Janmark.
It worked early, with Seguin scoring 7:55 into the game. His shot from the slot came after Sharp found space behind the net and tried to stuff a wraparound through Hellebuyck, who redirected the puck to Seguin.
Sharp’s assist extended his career-best point streak to 11 games, the longest current run in the NHL.
But the Stars couldn’t sustain it, getting just five shots over 30 minutes in the second and third periods before creating more chances later in the final period, when Seguin and Benn were back on a line together.
The Jets controlled the second, outshooting the Stars 12-4 and getting the tying goal from Perreault in transition less than 7 minutes in.
Winnipeg had another good scoring chance in the second when Byfuglien’s shot from near the blue line created a rebound chance for Andrew Ladd, but he was turned away by Lehtonen from close range.
Ladd scored the Jets’ only goal in the shootout after Blake Wheeler put a shot into Lehtonen’s midsection.
NOTES: Stars D Jordie Benn missed the game with a lower-body injury. He’s day to day. ... Byfuglien was named an All-Star for the fourth consecutive time. ... The Stars went 0 of 2 on the power play, dropping them to 1 of 17 over the past six games.Report Typo/Error