The Winnipeg Jets ended their four game losing streak after doubling the Dallas Stars 6-3 at the American Airlines Centre Thursday night.
Blake Wheeler opened the scoring for the Jets in a dominate first period. It was 3-0 after twenty minutes.
The Stars come out strong in the second period, scoring two goals within the first five minutes. Dallas added one more in the beginning of third, then it was all Winnipeg scoring three goals in the final frame.
The Jets picked up the win without a couple of key players. Centre Bryan Little is done for the year with a compression fractured vertebrae. Little was hurt in the second period of last Thursday’s game in Tampa Bay, when he was stumbling and got hit by Lightning defenceman Anton Stralman. Defenceman Mark Stuart was also put on injured reserve, his hand got broken when it was hit by a puck on Saturday in Edmonton.
Joel Armia picked up two goals and an assist for the Jets. He notes how tough the game was without Captain Andrew Ladd, who was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks prior to the game.
“Of course it was tough to lose a great guy like that right before the game, but I think we managed to concentrate the game pretty good.”
Head Coach Paul Maurice credit’s the younger players on the team for their play during the game.
“Both Armia’s goals were at the opposite ends of the spectrum. The best part of that was his face though, half shock and maybe little embarrassed by the attention he was getting. You’re going to see a lot of that.”
Dallas outshot Winnipeg 30-28. The win was the Jets first against Dallas in five tries.
Winnipeg takes on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday in a matinee game.