Three Biggest Moments in The Stars’ Win Over The Jets

DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 11: Winnipeg Jets center Adam Lowry (17) tries to control the puck against Dallas Stars left winger Jamie Benn (14) during the game between the Winnipeg Jets and the Dallas Stars on February 11, 2022 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Steve Nurenberg/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Dallas Stars beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 in overtime, with Jason Robertson scoring the game-winning goal. The Stars played like the better team, but a goal in the final minute by the Jets prolonged an eventual Dallas victory. With both teams on the brink of playoff contention, getting the two points from a win was important for Dallas. After a wild night in the American Airlines Center, here are the three biggest moments in the Stars’ win over the Jets.

Benn’s Third-Period Goal

Jamie Benn was battling with Jets’ defenseman Brenden Dillon all night. Both men laid heavy hits into the board on each other, culminating in a fight nearing the end of the second period. After every whistle, Dillion had been poking the bear, and Benn finally had enough. Benn quickly handled Dillion in the fight, with hockeyfights.com voters siding unanimously with the Stars’ captain. Dillion was a former undrafted free agent signing by the Stars in 2011. He spent parts of four seasons with the Stars before being traded to the San Jose Sharks for Jason Demers and a 2016 third-round pick.

After the fight, Benn stepped up his game. Amid a 2-2 tie, the Stars were cycling the puck on the powerplay with just under seven and a half minutes remaining in the third. Benn played the puck behind the net as the penalty expired. He dished it up the boards to Denis Gurianov, stationed near the right faceoff dot. Benn circled in front of the net unguarded as Gurianov played the puck back to him. Benn tipped the puck on Jets goalie Connor Hellybuck, and it squeezed through his pads and crossed the goal line.

“That was huge what he does and that represents what we’re all about, that we stick up for each other,” Coach Rick Bowness said about the fight. “They take a run at one of us. They take a run at all of us.”

Though this didn’t stand as the game-winning goal, Benn rectified a horrible first period. He took a penalty with 30 seconds remaining on a Stars powerplay and later whiffed on a shot with Hellybuck out of position and the net empty. Coach Rick Bowness shook off questions about Benn’s confidence after missing a huge chance to gain the lead.

“I have full faith in him. You know he’ll bounce back from that,” Bowness said. Jamie optimizes what we’re all about, so I was thrilled for him to get that third goal for us. wish that’d been the winner.”

Jason Robertson’s Game-Winner

Robertson has scored four goals in his last three games and has 22 points over his previous 15 games. On Friday night, he registered his sixth game-winning goal of the season when he dangled around Hellybuck before netting his 20th goal of the season.

The overtime was full of chances for both teams, but a turnover in the Jets’ zone sealed the game for Dallas. Denis Gurianov missed the net, and the puck caromed to the sideboards, where two Winnipeg defenders outnumbered Roope Hintz. Gurianov went for a change, while John Klingberg was deep in the zone. Hintz stole the puck back while Robertson came on the ice for Gurianov. Hintz passed cross-ice to Klingberg, who threw the puck into the slot in hopes of finding a streaking Robertson.

Robertson’s initial shot was blocked, but Hellybuck overplayed a puck that never reached him. Robertson regained control and danced between two defenders, all while deeking out Hellybuck, and flung a backhand into the empty side of the net.

Robertson is on pace to post 36 goals and 80 total points this season. He is living up to the hype from last year’s rookie season.

Jake Oettinger

Oettinger will defiantly get overlooked in this game as a contributing factor for the win. The two goals he allowed in the first period were not solely his fault. Winnipeg’s Pierre Luc Dubois and Jansen Harkins capitalized on good chances. Dubois tipped in a shot from the point, while Harkins was open in front of the net after two Stars defensemen converged on the puck carrier. The goal late in the third was also pure desperation from the Jets’ side of the ice. With the goalie pulled and a six-on-five, the Stars couldn’t clear and eventually gave up a tying goal.

Redeeming himself for the late goal, Oettinger made key saves on Stars giveaways in overtime. He stopped one-time shots and turned away Jets players open in the slot. He made saves on Kyle Connor, the Jets leading goal scorer, and Dubois and Mark Scheifele, who both scored earlier in the game.

“I go to shake his hand after the win, and he goes ‘coach, I gotta have that third goal,'” Bowness said. “So, he knows. That’s just the kind of kid he is.”

Oettinger looks to take over the permanent starting job from Braden Holtby. While he posted two of his worst career starts in the middle of January, he has rebounded nicely towards the end of the month. Oettinger has started the last four games for the Stars, going 3-1 while allowing 11 goals on 123 shots. He is not quite back to posting the great numbers he had in November and early December, but he is making a difference in close games. While Holtby is still dealing with an injury, Oettinger will likely get his fifth-straight start on Sunday.

What’s Next?

The Stars will take on the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday before the Super Bowl. Dallas will be playing in its third-straight game against a division opponent. Coach Rick Bowness said after the win against Nashville that division games in the second half of the season have a playoff atmosphere to them. Colorado leads the Central Division with 70 points, although the Stars lead the season series 1-0. They last played on November 26, with the Stars taking the game 3-1 off of two goals from Joe Pavelski. Jake Oettinger also had a strong start at home against the Avalanche.

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