DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings showed the grit they needed to restore a little confidence.
They built a lead Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena, didn't lose composure when the Winnipeg Jets scored, earning a 5-1 victory against one of the best teams in the NHL. The Wings had been on a seven-game losing streak, but looked determined from the start to distance themselves from Saturday's 10-1 embarrassment in Montreal.
Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist scored in the first period, as the Wings won puck battles and used their speed to get into the Jets' zone. In the third period, they pushed back when the Jets pressed and got goals from Jonathan Ericsson, Darren Helm and David Booth to secure two points.
Here are the major storylines from the game.
The Wings had good jump to start, generating offensive zone time and getting good chances on Connor Hellebuyck. Anthony Mantha had a nice chance from the right side. Luke Glendening even got a shot on net while the Wings were killing off a penalty to Trevor Daley. The Wings had a 6-3 edge in shots halfway through the first period.
Abdelkader gave the Wings a lead when he tapped Nyquist's shot into an open net at 10:42 of the first period. The Wings then got 1:55 on a 5-on-3, and Martin Frk did send two rockets towards the net. Still, the both power plays expired without a goal. Nyquist, though, got it to 2-0 seconds later, when he shoveled a loose puck behind Hellebuyck. The Wings outshot the Jets 16-3 in the first period.
The Wings have had problems in the second period over the past stretch. They didn't stop skating this night. They did get into penalty trouble -- Andreas Athanasiou went to the box at 5:35, and Abdelkader at 6:03, giving the Jets a two-man advantage for 1:33. Patrik Laine converted to halve Detroit's lead. Howard was called for tripping while making a save, as a player tripped over Howard's stick, putting the Wings shorthanded again at 9:39. The Wings got another juicy 5-on-3, this one for 1:05, late in the second period, but again failed to convert.
Wrapping it up
The Jets pressed in the third period, but the Wings didn't stop creating chances. Ericsson put the puck in the net with a shot that went in off Josh Morrissey. The Jets challenged goaltender interference, but officials ruled
Morrissey caused Nyquist to contact Hellebuyck before the puck crossed the goal line. Helm scored on a breakaway at 7:25 and Booth complete am odd-man rush when he scored on Andreas Athanasiou's set-up at 10:40.
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