Stars edge Jets for 2-1 victory

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DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Stars used a strong power play to stay in the Western Conference playoff chase on Monday night.

Ray Whitney and Tyler Seguin scored with a man advantage and Dallas held off the Winnipeg Jets 2-1.

“Power plays for us won it, and the power play for them got them back into it,” Whitney said.

The victory allowed Dallas to move within a point of the Phoenix Coyotes for the Western Conference’s final playoff spot. The Stars have missed the playoffs in each of the past five seasons.

Kari Lehtonen, whose 32 saves for Dallas included 14 in the third period, didn’t give up a goal until the Jets’ Bryan Little scored with 2:44 remaining.

Winnipeg had a 4-on-3 power play, and added a fifth skater by pulling goalie Al Montoya.

“Special teams won the game, and the goalie made saves when he needed to,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said.

Kari was excellent. His saves were great, and his puck handling really helped us. He made some good passes.”

Stars captain Jamie Benn assisted on both goals.

The Jets continued to fade in the postseason race.

“It is (tough to make a playoff push like this),” Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. “The final results haven’t been good enough for our team. We’re just getting closer to it. We’re not there.”

The Jets are 2-6-3 in their past 11 games. One of the victories was a 7-2 rout of visiting Dallas eight days earlier.

Ruff said he did not use that game as motivation.

“I didn’t even talk about last week. We had a tough night in goal, and when you start chasing the game, it can get ugly.”

Dallas’ defense has allowed only two goals in the past two games after giving up 16 in the previous three, all losses.

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