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Recap: Dallas Stars Drop a Shocker to the Winnipeg Jets, 8-2

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It’s the Patrik Laine Show! Again! As usual.

NHL: Dallas Stars at Winnipeg Jets Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

Fighting majors, friendly fire, and more! It’s election night, so you get what you get.

  • Can we count that first point against Dan Hamhuis? Committing to a sliding block, he went backward into Kari Lehtonen to enable the Mark Scheifele goal. Fudge.
  • Was that first Patrik Laine goal deflected off a high stick? Kari thought so. The officials did not (indeed, it was officially credited as an unassisted goal).
  • That second Laine goal, on the Tyler Seguin hooking penalty, did come the hard way. Kari battled the shot and the follow-up, but that third shovel did him in. We knew Laine was good for more than just sniping, but jinkies.
  • John Klingberg drew a well-time tripping penalty to take Scheifele off the ice for nearly two minutes at the start of the second.
  • Devin Shore, playing on the second PP unit, enabled a beautiful tip-in by Patrick Eaves for the Stars’ first tally of the evening.
  • The first unit did some work, too, as Jamie Benn got it to Tyler Seguin for a strawberry donut PP goal on the Tyler Myers slashing minor (served by Dano). Reminder: Tyler Seguin has now gotten a piece of seven of the Stars’ nine power-play goals this season.
  • Laine got his second hat trick of the season about halfway through the second period and ended up chasing Lehtonen. Reminder: Patrik Laine is 18 years old.
  • Especially tough that Marko Dano got that fifth goal, on the power play yet, since he was the one who drew the roughing penalty on Curtis McKenzie in the first place.
  • Brett Ritchie and Antoine Roussel only (only!) got 4 PIMs each. It just seemed like more, especially when Ritchie’s second sit-down resulted in the Jets’ third (third!) PPG of the second period (the second period!).
  • That Andrew Copp shorty was even more of a dagger than usual, wasn’t it? Just when you think if we could just stay out of the sin bin, we’d be all right, that thing happens.
  • Look at you, Gemel Smith, getting all fighty with Brandon Tanev in the final minute. Good for you. That made an excruciating evening feel a little bit better.
  • Another of those games where the stats, taken in isolation, actually look pretty good. Thirty SoGs to the Jets’ 31; two power-play apples; 19 blocks. Those 10 extra minutes in penalties, though...eeuugh.
  • Simply put, the Stars are down too many players to make this many mistakes. A rough start to the Canada road trip.
  • Three goals for Laine. Two goals for Scheifele. Two goals for Copp.

Burn the tape. Start over. See you in Calgary.