After dropping four straight games, undoing some of the work of a prior seven-game win streak, the Dallas Stars might be in search of some bulletin-board material. A shot of energy to get them refocused.
Enter, Patrik Laine.
Fresh off his Winnipeg Jets doling out a 5-1 shellacking of the Stars on Tuesday — in which Laine notched a goal and an assist — the talented Finn made sure to express his joy at the ease with which the Jets dismantled Dallas during his post-game interview.
“I wish we played 82 against those guys — we’d have a lot of goals,” a grinning Laine told reporters after the victory. “It just seems like it just goes in, don’t have any explanation. But, well, thank God they’re in our division.
“So, I’m laughing.”
The 21-year-old certainly has had success against Dallas during his brief time in the league thus far. Through 16 career meetings with the Stars, Laine’s tallied an absurd 18 goals and 24 points — by far the most he’s posted against any club in the league, on both accounts.
Take notes, kids!
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) December 4, 2019
Winnipeg and Dallas have met three times so far this season. The Jets took the first tilt 3-2 in overtime, with Laine earning the opening goal of the game. Dallas took the next meeting, winning 5-3 with Laine scoring one of the Jets’ three on the night.
The young sniper also spoke about trudging through the type of losing streak the Stars find themselves mired in, and said his Jets have a strong enough locker-room balance to withstand such disappointing spurts.
“I think everybody keeps everybody accountable — everybody in this locker room has been losing at some point in their career. It’s not fun. Winning is way more fun than losing, so that’s kind of our mindset in this room,” Laine said.
“Everybody works as hard as they can on the ice, and sometimes we will lose — that’s just the way it is. You can’t win all 82. But the way we can bounce back after a loss like we did tonight, that’s the way we need to play.
“Now, hopefully we get on a hot streak again.”
As for the Stars, if they’re looking to make Laine and the Jets eat their words, they won’t have to wait long. The two clubs face each other again Thursday in Winnipeg.