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Jason Robertson completes hat trick in OT as Stars down Jets

Jason Robertson scored three goals, including the game-winning overtime goal, as the Dallas Stars defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-3.

WINNIPEG, MB — Jason Robertson may have been fatigued late in overtime.

but the Dallas Stars forward capitalized on a breakaway opportunity.

Robertson scored his third goal of the game 4:30 into overtime to lift the Stars to a 4-3 victory against the Winnipeg Jets at Canada Life Centre on Friday.

“I was out there for a while,” said Robertson, who was fatigued. “When the puck turned over, I didn’t stop moving my feet. and you just have to find that additional ounce of energy to go down there.”

“I’m not going to lie: I adore breakaways. I want to get away, so I use whatever energy I have left to do so.”

According to Stars coach Rick Bowness, Robertson’s hat trick demonstrated his attacking prowess.

“Listen,” he added, “he’s a natural goal scorer.” “He has a wonderful touch around the net and enjoys scoring goals. You can’t teach him poise with the puck and knowing where to put it and when to put it. You just cannot, and he possesses the inherent instincts of goal scorers.”

The overtime winner brought Robertson’s season total to 26 goals, nine more than he had in the whole 2020-21 season.

“I’ve always had that faith in myself,” he remarked. “I’ve always wanted to be creative. Kudos to the men on the ice for finding me in such a wide-open place. I’m a skilled player, and that’s why I’m there.”

Dallas’ Denis Gurianov tied the game late in the third period (31-20-3). Braden Holtby made 39 stops in net to secure the victory in front of 13,466 supporters at Canada: Life Centre.

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“(Holtby) had to be excellent for us because of the penalties, which are unusual of our squad,” Bowness added. “When you take so many penalties, it disrupts the flow of the game, and we spend too much time in our zone due to a lack of energy. Braden made several tremendous stops. He was fantastic.”

On six power-play opportunities, the Jets scored only one goal.

“It was a significant game for us,” Holtby added, “particularly when they came out hard.” “You could see they were a desperate squad at times. We kept our ground and scored some huge goals and made some significant plays. It doesn’t matter how you beat them at this stage in the season.”

The Jets (24-21-10) got two goals from Paul Stastny and one from Kyle Connor. Winnipeg’s goalie, Connor Hellebuyck, saved 30 shots.

“I believe if we’re going to lose, I’d rather lose like this than two weeks ago when we were outshot 2 to 1 and we found a way to grab a point,” Stastny said. “We had our opportunities.”

With 4:32 remaining in the third period, Gurianov’s screened shot from the point past Hellebuyck to level the game 3-3 and send it to overtime.

At 12:19 of the third period, Stastny converted a Blake Wheeler feed from behind the net to give the Jets a 3-2 lead. At 1:21, Connor pounced on an Evgeny Svechnikov rebound and deflected the ball past Holtby off a Dallas defenseman.

The Stars led 2-1 heading into the third period. The Stars had a two-on-one when Nikolaj Ehlers fell inside the Dallas blue line. At 19:09 of the second period, Robertson scored on a backhand shot after receiving a feed from defenseman Thomas Harley.

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On a second-period power play, Stastny tied the game at 1-1. At 13:23, he completed a beautiful pass from forward Andrew Copp with Stars forward Riley Tufte out for slashing.

The Stars scored their first goal at 5:23 of the first quarter. At the point, Robertson took a feed from Suter, then fully deked Hellebuyck to the ground and put a backhand into an empty goal.

It was Winnipeg’s second game of a four-game homestand, which will conclude on Sunday when they visit the New York Rangers.

On Sunday, the Stars will play the Wild in Minnesota.

NOTES: Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers has returned to the lineup after missing 19 games due to a ruptured MCL. After a collision late in the first period, Jets defenseman Nathan Beaulieu walked off the ice and did not return.

 

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