Jets open long road trip with loss to Stars in Dallas

Jets centre Olli Jokinen (12), defenceman Jacob Trouba (8), and goalie Al Montoya (35) defend...

Jets centre Olli Jokinen (12), defenceman Jacob Trouba (8), and goalie Al Montoya (35) defend against Stars left wing Jamie Benn (14), right wing Alex Chiasson (12), and centre Tyler Seguin (91) during a power play in NHL action in Dallas on Monday, March 24, 2014. (Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:45 PM ET

DALLAS - The Winnipeg Jets are one step closer to missing the playoffs after a 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Monday night in the opening match of a five-game road trip.

The Stars scored both of their goals on the power play at American Airlines Center, and the Jets failed to muster much in the way of scoring chances en route to their ninth loss in their last 11 games.

Winnipeg fell to 32-32-9 — the first time since Jan. 28 it has had a .500 points percentage — and is now seven points behind the eighth-place Phoenix Coyotes in the Western Conference with nine games to go. The Jets will continue their road trip on Thursday night in San Jose against the Sharks.

Ray Whitney got the Stars on the board 5:32 into the game after the Jets took their third too-many-men penalty in two games. Whitney hit the post after taking a sweet feed from Jamie Benn, but he stuck with it and eventually got the puck back. He fired a slap shot over Al Montoya’s shoulder for his eight of the season.


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