Jets dump Red Wings 5-1 Featured

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Blake Wheeler and Andrew Copp each had a goal and an assist as the Winnipeg Jets dropped the Detroit Red Wings in a 5-1 rout Tuesday night.

A late second period three goal outburst in a two-minute span proved to be the difference in the contest.

Jets captain Blake Wheeler began the scoring surge at 16:43, converting a Nikolaj Ehlers feed by wiring a wrister past former teammate Eric Comrie, who got the start in goal for the Red Wings.

Andrew Copp followed up by deflecting a Josh Morrissey shot past Comrie 1:48 later and Patrick Laine split the Red Wings defence just 11 seconds later and overwhelmed him with a forehand deke at 18:43.

Adam Lowry and Mark Scheifele also scored for the Jets, who moved to 19-10-2 on the season.

Laurent Brossoit and Connor Hellebuyck combined to make 16 saves.

Christoffer Ehn scored the lone goal for the Red Wings (7-22-3).

Eric Comrie turned aside 25 shots for Detroit, who saw their winless streak grow to 12 games.

Adam Lowry scored shorthanded 12:17 into the first period after Detroit goaltender Eric Comrie couldn't cover the puck.

Lowry hammered the puck across the goal line, which was challenged the Red Wings but the goal was allowed to stand after it was found Comrie never had complete control of the puck.

The goal was the first shorthanded tally of the season for the Jets.

“They made their call, I've got to live by that call. They've been reffing a lot of games," said Comrie afterward.

“I thought I did but, I mean, I think any goalie would think they would. They think they made the right call, I thought I had it so it is what it is," he added.

Andrew Copp, who was credited with an assist on the play, thought Comrie didn't fully cover the disc.

"In the d-zone, it was a great read by (Adam Lowry) that he saw (Dylan Larkin) pop that in the middle. Ended up a dirty puck and then we swatted at it, got it down, I think (Robby) Fabbri dove and tipped it back to (Eric Comrie) and then it was just kind of a scramble. Glad we were able to stop on it and put it in. You never really know with those. I was telling (referee Ian Walsh) that he probably owed me the penalty shot from the other night so I’m glad he let that one go. It was definitely borderline but I didn’t think (Comrie) had it fully.”

Christoffer Ehn tied the contest 7:39 into the second period after fighting for a loose puck and hammering past Connor Hellebuyck, who gave up a goal on the two shots he faced.

The goal was Ehn's 1st of the season.

Hellebuyck came in to relieve starter Laurent Brossoit, who had an equipment issue he couldn't resolve and played 69 seconds.

The little lace that attaches my skate to my pad just completely ripped apart," said Brossoit. "We tried to get it knotted up and get me back in there but it was a bit trickier than we thought. I thought it was all together and all done and I guess it must have just come undone."

"We were working at it for a while. I would say it was the regular allotted time before they start requesting another goalie in there," he added.

Blake Wheeler put Winnipeg in front with 3:17 left in the second.

Nikolaj Ehlers turned hard toward the boards with the puck before Matthieu Perreault stopped the disc for him on the way by before the Dane winger hit Wheeler with a hard pass in the high slot.

The Jet captain beat Comrie glove side to score his 8th of the season.

Andrew Copp made it 3-1 1:48 later when he deflected a Josh Morrissey wrist shot past Comrie.

Patrick Laine scored 11 seconds later, breaking past the Detroit defence before moving in alone on Comrie and beating him with a forehand deke at 18:43.

The goal was his 9th of the season.

With Mike Green off for high sticking, Mark Scheifele one timed a Neal Pionk feed past Comrie four seconds into the man advantage to make it 5-1 Winnipeg just over five minutes into the third.

The goal was his team leading 14th of the season.

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice said he liked his club's speed overall.

“I thought when we got good, we got fast. So any of the pucks that we go to the net, that got kicked to the corner, we chart our first touches, who touches the puck first, and we weren’t particularly good in the first period. We were very good at that. We weren’t overseaming the puck, as we call it, we weren’t slowing down to find a seam play, we were kind of speeding up and taking the first shot that was there. Some chaos came from that," he said.

Detroit Head Coach Jeff Blashill just wants to find a way to stop the bleeding as their losing streak now stands at 12 games.

"Right now we gotta find a way to win a hockey game," said Blashill. "We've gotta get some confidence and moxie back into us. We're not a good enough team right now. The only people that can change that is us."

The two teams face each other again Thursday night in Detroit.



Last modified on Wednesday, 11 December 2019 04:49
Philip Paul-Martin

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