Jets edge Wings 4-3 Featured

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Patrick Laine scored twice and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 30 shots as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 Friday night.

Laine scored his 32nd and 33rd goals of the year and extended his point scoring streak to seven games.

Winnipeg defencemen Ben Chiarot and Dustin Byfuglien added singles for the Jets, who improved to 38-17-9 on the season for 85 points, four back of the Central Divsion leading Nashville Predators who have 89.

Josh Morrissey had two assists.

Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall had a goal and assist in the contest.

Jimmy Howard turned aside 39 shots for Detroit, who dropped to 26-28-10.

The Red Wings scored first on the power play 12:53 into the contest when Niklas Kronwall stepped into a slap shot from the right point after Henrik Zetterberg fed him a pass from the corner.

The goal was his 5th of the season.

Winnipeg answered 31 seconds later at 13:24 when Patrick Laine took a feed along the side boards before curling toward the net following the faceoff circle and beating Jimmy Howard with a wrister.

The goal was his 32nd of the season.

Ben Chiarot gave the Jets the lead at 13:50, one timing a Bryan Little feed from the right point, beating Howard high glove side with a slap shot.

Dustin Byfuglien made it 3-1 6:25 into the second period after moving in from his point position and converting a nifty cross-ice pass from Josh Morrissey from the top of the faceoff circle.

Byfuglien snapped a shot from the right side, beating Howard high glove side to score his 5th goal of the season.

Anthony Mantha cut the Winnipeg lead to one at 7:35 into the second period when he worked himself free in front of the Winnipeg net and beat Connor Hellebuyck with a low shot off a Gustav Nyquist pass to make it 3-2.

Patrick Laine restored Winnipeg's two-goal cushion at 12:17 when Nikolaj Ehlers found him open cruising toward the Wings net. Laine unleashed a high wrister at the faceoff dot and beat Howard just inside the post with a high shot.

The goal was his 33rd of the season.

Trevor Daley scored 5:29 into the third period to pull Detroit to within a goal. Daley broke in from the blue line before working himself into the high slot and unleashing a wrister through a screen which Hellebuyck never saw to make it 4-3.

Detroit continues a three-game road trip Sunday in Minnesota.

The Jets embark on a six-game road trip Sunday visiting Carolina.



NOTES-Jets captain Blake Wheeler was held pointless and saw his point streak end at nine games.

Winnipeg defenceman Toby Enstrom missed his second straight game with a lower body injury after being hit with a puck in practice this week.

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Philip Paul-Martin

A well rounded journalist with experience in both print and broadcast mediums, Philip has written news stories with impact, broken national news while at the CBC, anchored radio news and hosted talk show radio. His coverage includes feature writing, game stories and more in-depth pieces during the off-season as well as writing about the National Hockey League and the Winnipeg Jets. He calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home.