WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Adam Lowry put in his own rebound to break a second-period tie as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Dallas Stars 4-2 on Tuesday night.
Bryan Little, Dustin Byfuglien and Michael Frolik, with an empty-netter, also scored for Winnipeg. Michael Hutchinson made 26 saves for Winnipeg and has points in his last six starts (4-0-2).
Erik Cole and Jason Demers supplied the offense for Dallas, winless in its past four games and slipping out of the playoff picture in the Western Conference.
Jhonas Enroth stopped 21 shots for Dallas. He got the start after giving up six third-period goals in the Stars’ 6-2 loss to Minnesota last Sunday.
It was the last meeting this season between the teams. Winnipeg has won three of the four matches.
Winnipeg took a 1-0 lead in the first period with Stars forward Jason Spezza penalized for cross-checking. Little’s shot bounced off a Dallas defender and hit Enroth before going in for his team-leading 24th goal.
Dallas didn’t record its first shot on goal until about seven minutes into the period, but it was Winnipeg’s turn to lag on shots in the second period.
Cole scored his 18th goal 12 minutes in and Winnipeg hadn’t yet managed a shot. Spezza fed Cole a pass across the front of the net for his 37th assist. Spezza now has points in nine of his last 10 games, including five goals and nine assists.
Lowry got Winnipeg’s first two shots on goal in the period when he got his own rebound and then flipped the puck past Enroth at 14:34 for a 2-1 lead.
Dallas held a 20-18 edge in shots heading into the final period.
Defenseman Jacob Trouba helped stretch Winnipeg’s lead when he sent a long pass to Byfuglien, who went in alone on Enroth and scored his 15th goal with a low backhand shot.
Frolik scored his 13th goal after Spezza turned over the puck and Frolik put it in the empty net with 3:07 to go.
Demers scored his third of the season with 1:07 left.
NOTES: Frolik was replacing right winger Blake Wheeler on the top line with Little and Andrew Ladd. Wheeler, who may be nursing an injury related to a shot he took in the knee in Winnipeg’s 5-1 loss to Washington last Thursday, had his consecutive-game streak stopped at 227. … The Jets play their second game of a four-game homestand Thursday against St. Louis. Dallas hosts Colorado on Friday.
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