Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Adam Lowry, Michael Hutchinson Lead Jets in 4-2 Win over Struggling Stars

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Adam Lowry, Michael Hutchinson Lead Jets in 4-2 Win over Struggling Stars

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Lowry, Hutchinson lead Jets over Stars


WINNIPEG - Michael Hutchinson wasn't campaigning to get more time in net, but his production is speaking for itself.

Hutchinson turned aside 26 shots Tuesday as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Dallas Stars 4-2.

The rookie netminder now has points in his last six starts (4-0-2) since Feb. 6 and is 18-7-4 on the season.

"As a goalie you always want to play more games and you want to do everything you can to help the team win games," Hutchinson said. "Right now going down the stretch, the only thing that matters is getting the team in the playoffs. So whether it's myself or (Ondrej Pavelec) playing, as long as we can win games and get the team in the playoffs that's the only thing that matters right now."

The Jets (31-20-11) strengthened their hold on the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference with 73 points, four ahead of Minnesota after the Wild lost 2-1 to Edmonton on Tuesday.

Adam Lowry used his own rebound to break a 1-1 second-period tie for the Jets. Bryan Little had a power-play goal, Dustin Byfuglien scored on a breakaway and Michael Frolik added an empty-netter for Winnipeg.

Erik Cole and Jason Demers supplied the offence for Dallas (27-25-9), which is winless in its last four games and slipping out of the playoff picture.

Jhonas Enroth stopped 21 shots for Dallas. He got the start after giving up six third-period goals in the Stars' 6-2 loss to Minnesota last Sunday.

"We definitely had our opportunities, especially the posts in the third period," Cole said.

"We had some real good looks. The game's 2-1 and we gave up a breakaway and it's just one of those deflating goals. We kept with it and continued to push, but unfortunately it wasn't enough."

It was the last meeting this season between the teams. Winnipeg has won three of the four matches.

Winnipeg took a 1-0 lead at 5:05 of the first period with Stars forward Jason Spezza in the penalty box for cross-checking. …

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