The Dallas Stars kicked off their first road trip of the season with a 4-1 win at the Winnipeg Jets Friday night.
The Stars rode their dominant first period, the best period of the young season, to victory. Tyler Seguin led the way with a goal and two assists in the opening frame en route to his four-point night. Alex Chiasson and Jamie Benn scored Dallas’ other two goals in the first period.
Chiasson opened the scoring on the power play 9:32 into the game. Seguin flew into the Winnipeg zone along the right wing boards before quickly stopping to create some room for himself on the ice. He backhanded a pass through two defenders to Chiasson, who then tucked in a backhand shot between Ondrej Pavelec’s legs. It was the Stars’ first power play goal of the season.
Seguin scored his first goal in a Stars uniform when he blasted a bouncing pass from 12:09 into the period. Benn’s added his first of the season with less than five minutes to go in the period. Seguin set up a one-timer for Brenden Dillon along the blue line, and Benn out-battled Dustin Byfuglien in front of the net for the rebound goal.
Kari Lehtonen stopped all 21 shots he faced, but left the game with 5:15 remaining in the second period with a lower body injury. Dan Ellis was solid in relief to close out the victory. Ellis stopped 22 of 23 shots, conceding the lone goal on a Winnipeg power play early in the third period.
The Dallas Stars continue their three-game road trip with their first back-to-back of the season. They visit the Minnesota Wild Saturday night with Ellis set to start in net.