Mark Scheifele scored 21 seconds into overtime to give the Winnipeg Jets a 3-2 victory against the Dallas Stars at Bell MTS Place on Sunday.
Scheifele kept the puck on a 2-on-1 and shot short side by Anton Khudobin for the win.
“It’s always big,” said Scheifele, whose ninth career NHL overtime goal tied him with Ilya Kovalchuk for the most in Winnipeg/Atlanta Thrashers history. “The intensity always ramps up a little bit for Central Division matchups. We did a good job tonight of just sticking with it. Awesome to get the two points in overtime.”
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Patrik Laine and Andrew Copp scored, and Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves for the Jets (10-7-1), who are 4-0-1 in their past five games and 5-1-1 in their past seven.
“It’s definitely a bigger game,” Copp said. “We’ve got a couple rivals in there, just with teams we’ve played playoff series with, and teams that we see so often. It’s going to be tight again this year. It’s tight every year, so we know how important these games are. We’re going to see a lot of these teams coming up in the next month, two months, so we’ve got to make sure that we’re winning these games and getting ahead of these teams as much as we can.”
Mattias Janmark and Radek Faksa scored, and Khudobin made 26 saves for the Stars (8-8-2), who had won four in a row.
“Every point is important to us,” Dallas forward Jason Dickson said. “We want to win every game we can. Getting one point out of this is huge but two would’ve been nice. We’re not happy and we’re not satisfied, but if we can keep rolling and we can get more points on this road trip then we’ll be in a good spot.”
Laine one-timed a pass from Neal Pionk over Khudobin’s shoulder with 27 seconds remaining in the first period to put Winnipeg up 1-0. The goal is Laine’s first on the power play this season.
Dickinson forced a turnover behind the Jets net and set up Janmark to tie it 1-1 at 5:22 of the second period. The goal came after Winnipeg defenseman Josh Morrissey hit the post 46 seconds into the period.
“If you look across the entire League, it’s being able to take advantage of your opportunities,” Dickinson said. “A lot of teams defend really well. Especially for us, there’s no lying about it that we don’t score a ton of goals. We need to take advantage of every chance we get to score and make them work.”
Faksa deflected Esa Lindell‘s point shot past Hellebuyck to put Dallas up 2-1 at 10:27.
Copp, who had a game-high eight shots, tied it 2-2 when he scored on a rebound 1:52 into the third period.
“I think we’ve proved to ourselves that we can come back in any game this year,” Copp said. “Any game where we’re down a goal or two goals, it doesn’t really matter how much time is left. We have the confidence we can do it. We’ve done it before. I don’t think there’s any real panic in our room when we get down a goal, we know the firepower that we have.”
They said it
“We have confidence in all situations at this point. We’ve come back from four down and won a hockey game. I think the best thing is when we’re down a goal we don’t change our game, we don’t cheat the game, we don’t stretch or do things that aren’t in our DNA.” — Jets forward Blake Wheeler
“Getting points is always great. You aren’t going to be able to win 82 games. Sometimes you’re going to lose a game like that when we have a one-goal lead, but at the same time we’re going to win the same games when we have a deficit of one or two or three goals or whatever. Losing [stinks]. It hurts. But at the same time you have to keep going.” — Stars goalie Anton Khudobin
Need to know
Winnipeg is 3-2-0 when leading after the first period and 4-4-0 when scoring first this season. … Dallas is 7-1-1 in its past nine games after starting the season 1-7-1. … Hellebuyck has a .959 save percentage in his past four starts, stopping 140 of 146 shots. … Laine is one point from 200 in the NHL. … Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen played his 100th NHL game and Alex Radulov played in his 400th NHL game.
Stars: At the Calgary Flames on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET; SN1, FS-SW, ESPN+, NHL.TV).
Jets: Host the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, ALT, NHL.TV).