Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rookie Patrik Laine Has Hat Trick as Winnipeg Jets Down Dallas Stars 5-2

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rookie Patrik Laine Has Hat Trick as Winnipeg Jets Down Dallas Stars 5-2

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Laine has hat trick in Jets' 5-2 win

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WINNIPEG - Patrik Laine likes to score in bunches, especially against the Dallas Stars.

Laine had the third hat trick of his rookie season, and second against Dallas, as the Winnipeg Jets snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Stars on Tuesday night at MTS Centre.

"It's always nice to score," said Laine, whose 26 goals puts him one short of the rookie goal lead. "It was a huge game for me and my linemates and the whole team. These four last games haven't been that good so it was just nice to have a game like this."

Laine scored for the first time in six games, moving to within one of Toronto rookie Auston Matthews's 27 goals, and within one point of Matthews's teammate Mitch Marner who leads all rookies in scoring with 48 points.

"I would say that release is extraordinary. He gets the puck on and off his stick so fast that you can't find it," said Jets head coach Paul Maurice of Laine's winner. "That's the difference, right in that pure talent. You go back two years ago and how hard we had to grind to crash one in. How do I say this the right way? When you're assessing Patty Laine and where he's at -- if he didn't score the three goals, I could've still come out and said that was his best game of the season. All the other pieces to his game were NHL right on."

Joel Armia and Blake Wheeler also scored for Winnipeg (26-29-4). Mark Scheifele added three assists to up his team-leading point total to 56, which is good for seventh in the NHL.

The Stars (22-26-10) erased a two-goal deficit with second-period goals from Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.

Connor Hellebuyck made 34 saves in his third straight start for the Jets since Ondrej Pavelec suffered a lower-body injury on Feb. 7, improving his record to 18-15-1 on the season.

Stars netminder Antti Niemi stopped 18 of the 21 shots he faced, dropping his personal mark to 10-9-4. …

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