Winnipeg Jets Handle Dallas Stars to Remain in NHL Playoff Contention

Anthony CapocciContributor INovember 27, 2016

WINNIPEG, CANADA - MARCH 5: Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec #31 of the Winnipeg Jets blocks a shot on goal by the Buffalo Sabres in NHL action at the MTS Centre on March 5, 2012 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)
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The Winnipeg Jets struck often in their home arena to oust the Dallas Stars by the score of 5-2.

It was another strong performance for the Jets on their home ice as they took care of the NHL's hottest team.

Nik Antropov opened the scoring with his 11th goal of the season. Evander Kane scored his team-leading 28th goal of the season to open the flood gates.

Eric Fehr— who is seeing action in lieu of the injured Chris Thorburn— scored only his second goal of the season.

Less than a minute after Fehr's tally, Andrew Ladd scored his 22nd of the season, and captured his 23rd just a few minutes later.

The Jets had a lead as high as 5-0 before the Stars scored their first goal.

Loui Eriksson eventually scored both of the Stars goals in the game.

Blake Wheeler finished the game with two points to pad his team-leading point total to 58.

Ondrej Pavelec faced 30 shots and was able to turn aside 28 of them. It was quite the contrary for Stars goalie Richard Bachman, who got to start in place of Kari Lehtonen.

The Jets continued their dominance at home.

ANALYSIS: The Stars came into action with a 10-0-1 record in their previous 11 games. But just like the Jets, the Stars find themselves in a closely contested NHL playoff race.

Going into tonight's action, the Dallas Stars lead their division ahead of Phoenix by only four points.

With the win tonight, the Jets trail the Capitals by only four points, and are set to face them this Friday in a game of extreme importance.

Prior to tonight's action, the Jets lost two straight on the road against Vancouver and Calgary and fell out of the race for a short while.

But with three straight games at the MTS Centre, the Jets could find themselves right back in the playoffs by the end of the week.

As close as this race is, the Winnipeg Jets could ill afford to go on even the slightest cold streak or suffer from any type of slump.

It is just as likely that the winners of the race won't be decided until the final week of the regular season.