The Detroit Red Wings attempted to rebound from Wednesday night’s loss to St. Louis as the Wings faced off against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night. The Wings faced a tough task in battling the surging Jets.
The Red Wings got good goaltending an excellent offense, but Detroit’s offense was not nearly as good as Winnipeg’s pop-gun machine. Detroit scored the game’s 1st goal and then they gave up 3 straight goals against, and while the Wings rallied from a 3-1 deficit to make it 3-2 and then 4-3 Winnipeg, Detroit could not tie an affair in which the Wings were out-shot 42-33 and out-attempted a stunning 80-53.
Winnipeg won 4-3 despite excellent efforts by, of all people, Niklas Kronwall (1G, 1A), Trevor Daley (1G), and some not-so-surprising names in Anthony Mantha (1G), Henrik Zetterberg (1A on 20:18 played), Gustav Nyquist (1A, 4 shots, 6 attempts) and Justin Abdelkader.
The Wings missed Jonathan Ericsson (illness) more than you might expect, and the fact that Luke Witkowski played all of 2:02 suggests that “the flu” may be making its way through the Wings’ room.
The Wild are losing badly tonight to Colorado, too, so Detroit won’t be in easy trying to snap a 2-game losing streak against Minnesota on Sunday.
Both teams’ rosters were known prior to game time, with the Jets icing the following lineup…
Hellebuyck starts in net.
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) March 2, 2018
And the Wings, barring a case of the sniffles, were going to ice the following lineup…
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) March 2, 2018
But the sniffles came due…
— Dana Wakiji (@Dwakiji) March 3, 2018
So the Wings improvised:
— Dana Wakiji (@Dwakiji) March 3, 2018
The Jets’ PR department checked in with both teams’ lineups:
Based on pre-game warm-up, here are tonight’s lines. pic.twitter.com/FwOi7hInb3
— Winnipeg Jets PR (@WpgJetsPR) March 3, 2018
The Jets started Matthew Perreault, Bryan Little and Jack Roslovic at forward, Dmitry Kulikov and Tyler Myers on defense and Connor Hellebuyck in goal;
The Red Wings started Darren Helm, Frans Nielsen and Justin Abdelkader at forward, Danny DeKeyser and Trevor Daley on defense and Jimmy Howard in goal.
Kendrick Nicholson and Chris Lee refereed the game, with Kory Nagy and Greg Devorski working the lines.
The 1st period
1st period observations:
- Frans Nielsen drew in for the opening faceoff opposite Little, and the Wings mucked the faceoff into Jets territory, but they went offside in doing so.
- Nielsen lost the second draw at teh Jet’s line, and Daley flipped a puck up to Abdelkader, Nielsen slid a pass to a pinching Daley, he assisted Helm and Nielsen in holding the puck in the Jets’ zone, and then Detroit retreated and changed lines 50 seconds into the 1st period.
- Mantha, Zetterberg and Nyquist took to the ice and swiped the puck from the Jets’ defense, albeit temporarily, and on bad ice, the Jets skated up the ice and Dustin Byfuglien sent a long shot in on Howard 1:14 into the 1st period.
- Glendening drew in for a deep defensive zone faceoff opposite Ehlers, Glendening was tossed, and Larkin got the puck to Jensen, Kronwall dumped and Detroit did not chase in time, yielding an icing call at 1:22.
- Detroit managed to jab the puck out of their onw zone, and Bertuzzi, Athanasiou and Larkin worked very hard to try and keep the Jets from generating a strong scoring chance, affording Joe Morrow a long chip shot from the blueline instead.
- Glendening drew in at 1:48 with Nielsen and Helm, Glendening got tossed, and Nielsen won the faceoff, but Winnipeg regrouped at center, Armia fired a long shot off Howard’s pad, Winnipeg cycled point to point to point in umbrella formation, and they fired a shot off the end boards and out to center ice.
- Detroit was able to push the puck into the Jet’s zone, with Helm dropping a pass to Green that was blocked.
- Detroit chipped and chased as Larkin, Abdelkader and Glendening somehow found themselves on the ice together, and the Wings got their first shot on Hellebuyck at 2:49.
- DeKeyser bumped a puck wide of Hellebuyck as Nyquist, Zetterberg and Mantha returned to the ice some 3 minutes into the 1st, and both teams looked a little sluggish as the chippy game stopped and started.
- 3:25 into the 1st period, Detroit has fired 2 shots in Hellebuyck, and Ouellet got the Wings’ 3rd shot, a long point blast that Hellebuyck punched back out.
- Howard did the same as Stastny and company skated into the Wings’ zone, and Detroit’s Larkin was able to clear to center ice before Ehlers slid the Jets’ third shot in on Howard.
- Perreault swiped the puck from Glendening behind the Wings’ net, and Roslovic fired a shot that Howard stopped, Little spun the puck toward the slot and Abdelkader, Glendening and Frk were unable to generate offense, but they did stifle the Jets’ rush into Detroit’s zone with just under 5 minutes gone in the 1st period.
- Detroit chipped and changed and Nyquist got a solid chance on Hellebuyck as Zetterberg’s line took over, lost an offensive zone faceoff, and forechecked, with Jensen turning the puck over but Mantha turning away from a puck battle he could have and should have engaged in.
- Detroit re-set at center, Mantha banged a body along the boards, and Nyquist sent another shot on Hellebuyck at 6:01.
- At 6:01, Detroit and Winnipeg were tied in shots 4-4, attempts were 7-5 Winnipeg, hits 2-1 Winnipeg, giveaways 1-1, takeaways 2-1 Winnipeg, blocked shots 11, faceoffs 5-4 Detroit (56%).
- When play resumed, Nielsen took an offensive zone draw, the Wings got a point shot by Ouellet and the Wings’ traffic in front did not result in any further offense, but Detroit re-set at center, dumped and chased, and stifled a Perreault-and-Little rush.
- Mike Green picked off a Jets pass and blasted a nasty slap shot in on Hellebuyck, but he was stopped;
- Daley also chipped a smart pass into the Jets’ zone, leading Larkin’s line, and they could not out-race a Jets defenseman to said pass, so the Wings were called for icing, but the call was made in error, so a center ice draw was won by the Jets and chipped in on Howard.
- As the chippy first period continued, Ehlers, Stastny and Laine surrendered a backhand shot to Larkin and a center-of-point shot to Jensen, and Detroit got its cycle going, even if only momentarily.
- Both teams were rather religiously making changes to try and keep their match-ups going, and as Zetterberg backhanded a puck to Jensen, Jensen chipped a long shot in on Hellebuyck and Mantha smelled out the rebound, hacking it back into Hellebuyck.
- Zetterberg won the next offensive zone draw and ground out the puck down low, but Mantha was unable to swipe a Zetterberg drop pass, and the Jets went offside.
- 8:37 into the 1st, Winnipeg chipped and chased from the Wings’ blueline, Detroit allowed Howard to gobble up a puck and get snowed, which aggravated the Wings’ goaltender, and an un-nerved Howard is not a good thing.
- Detroit won the next battle for possession, but the Jets re-set and attacked the Wings particularly heavily, and Detroit was called offside because Abdelkader was tripped.
- The Wings’ Larkin line nearly stole the puck from the Jets twice in the shallow offensive zone, but ultimately, Ehlers and Laine sent shots in on Howard, Athanasiou swiped the puck from Laine but the Jets’ defensemen got back to stop Athanasiou from breaking away.
- Nyquist got the Wings’ next shot, and Detroit surged out to a 10-7 shot lead 10:40 into the 1st.
- Detroit’s Zetterberg line set up again in the Jets’ zone, with Jensen pinching, firing a shot off Hellebuyck, and cycling for Nyquist and Mantha. Winnipeg repelled the Wings’ rushes and Detroit changed some 11:30 into the 1st.
- Winnipeg swiped a puck from Ouellet and skated into the Wings’ zone, but Glendening blocked a Jets shot, Ouellet got a shot off that Hellebuyck stopped…
And Matt Hendricks sat at 11:57 for slashing Ouellet’s stick out of his hands.
- The Wings set up on the PP after Zetterberg won the opening deep zone faceoff, and Zetterberg himself fired a shot high and wide away from Hellebuyck, forcing the Wings to re-set with 1:33 remaining in the Pp.
- Nyquist broke into the zone, working with Nielsen, Kronwall, Zetterberg and Abdelkader…
And as Justin Abdelkader exited the crease, Niklas Kronwall blasted a shot over Abdelkader’s shoulder and Hellebuyck’s glove.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) March 3, 2018
- On the post-goal shift, Detroit attempted to work Athanasiou, Bertuzzi and Larkin onto the ice…
And they folded like a card table. Patrik Laine got loose off a Daley turnover, Laine walked around Larkin and he ripped a wrister high over Howard’s glove.
Seriously, SNIPED it! 🎯
🍎: Tyler Myers
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) March 3, 2018
- The Red Wings lined up for a deep defensive zone faceoff, Jensen lost a battle, and with Helm and Nielsen and Glendening leaning right…
Winnipeg leaned left, firing the puck to Ben Chiarot on the blueline. He whistled a slap shot past Howard’s ear to make it 2-1 Winnipeg at 13:50.
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) March 3, 2018
- Detroit attempted to settle things down, and they could not.
Martin Frk was called for slashing at 15:03.
- At 15:03, Detroit was out-shooting Winnipeg 15-9 and out-attempting Winnipeg 24-18; hits 4-3 Detroit; giveaways 4-4, takeaways 3-1 Winnipeg; blocked shots 6-5 Detroit; faceoffs 13-11 Detroit (54%).
- Detroit won the first PK faceoff and cleared the zone…Larkin, Glendening, Daley and DeKeyser were able to repel the Jets’ initial rush, Winnipeg set up 30 seconds into the PP and skated into the Wings’ zone. Wheeler worked the puck to the line, Laine’s shot was blocked by Nielsen and Helm and Nielsen fed the puck into the slot…
- And off a bad pinch by Ouellet, Winnipeg iced the puck of all things.
- Detroit won the deep offensive zone draw, with Abdelkader and Glendening grinding the puck out down low, and Abby fanned on a chance to score a shorthanded marker as the puck rolled off his stick blade’s heel.
- With 3:50 remaining in the 1st and 53 left in the PK, Abdelkader drew in for another offensive zone draw, he lost it, and Winnipeg set up.
- The Jets got into the Wings’ zone, Ehlers wristed a shot past Howard’s ear, dropped the rebound to Myers, Perrerault got the puck to Myers, Perreault went deep, Ehlers was stopped by Howard and Howard made a bigger stop on Connor.
- Ehlers fed the puck low, Perreault and Myers worked the one-timer, and Connor sent a shot attempt wide as the Wings killed the penalty.
- Detroit tried to eat the puck down low in its own zone, but the Jets worked the puck to the point, Morrissey was blocked, Frk cleared, and Detroit changed. Howard made a stop on Hendricks and then covered up.
- The Wings lost the ensuing draw, Armia cycled, sent a shot off Howard, Zetterberg countered and Nyquist swiped a puck that Morrissey took back and sent into the Wings’ zone.
- Detroit worked the puck into the Jets’ zone, with Mantha finding Zetterberg for a long, sweeping cycle, but Myers took the puck away from AA and the Jets cleared and chipped the puck into the Wings’ zone.
- Detroit chipped the puck to center, changed, and Larkin skated into the slot and fired a hard shot wide of Hellebuyck’s glove.
- Athanasiou and Bertuzzi then worked the puck in deep and Hellebuyck stopped Bertuzzi, and Athanasiou’s second attempt was blocked.
- The 1st period wound down to its final 30 seconds, and Nielsen chipped the puck around but not out, Chiarot sent a shot wide, and Detroit was able to back the Jets into their own zone.
The 1st period in summary: The Red Wings started strong, fell apart when the Jets scored their first goal and slowly recovered, but not before the Jets made it 2-1 in a hurry. The Wings did not look very sharp despite having out-shot and out-chanced the Jets, and Howard could have had the 2nd goal.
Statistically, Detroit out-shot Winnipeg 17-12 and went 1-for-1 in 49 seconds of PP time; Detroit out-attempted Winnipeg 29-28; hits 4-3 Detroit; giveaways 7-4 Winnipeg, takeaways 3-1 Winnipeg (possession changes 8-7 Detroit); blocked shots 11-6 Detroit; faceoffs 15-13 Detroit (54%).
Individually, Nyquist and Ouellet led the Wings with 3 shots apiece; Abdelkader and Mantha had 2 shots; Glendening led the Wings with 3 hits, and Helm had the 4th hit; Larkin and Daley had 2 giveaways apiece; Mantha had the Wings’ only takeaway; Nielsen blocked 2 of the Wings’ 11 blocked shots; Zetterberg’s 5-and-2 (71%) faceoff record led the team; the Wings were -10, and Daley led the Wings at 8:00 played; Kronwall played 7:12, DeKeyser 7:40, Nyquist 6:32, Zetterberg 6:28, Green 6:20, Abdelkader 6:09, Jensen 5:59.
FSD had the scoring chances at 7-4 Detroit on the Wings’ 17-12 shot advantage.
The 2nd period
2nd period observations:
- Nielsen drew in for the opening faceoff and Little won the draw, chipped into the Wings’ zone and only did so shallowly, with the Wings responding with Helm and Nielsen and Abdelkader cycling quite well in the Jets’ zone.
- Winnipeg did not allow the Wings to linger, however, sending the puck down and into the Wings ‘zone for an icing 48 seconds into the 2nd period.
- Zetterberg, Nyquist and Mantha drew in for the offensive zone draw, they won it to Green, but Green did not hold the puck in, so Detroit re-set at center, attacked, and tried to get a cycle going. DeKeyser aided the Wings’ forwards, but Winnipeg was physical, and Mantha’s back pass to DeKeyser went wide and out to center.
- Detroit almost forced the Jets out of their zone, but Dustin Byfuglien persevered and fired a medium-length shot in on Howard to get the 2nd period’s first shot at 1:44.
- Winnipeg pushed hard but Larkin cleared the zone, working with Glendening and Bertuzzi, and the Jets burst up the other way, with Green and Ouellet taking the puck into the Jets’ zone so their forwards could change.
- 2:33 into the 2nd period, Winnipeg got nasty, with Perreault hacking Ouellet into the boards face first, and Detroit returned to the Jets’ zone, got a shot off, and retreated into their own zone, where Howard played the puck to a Jet, Daley fumbled a turnover by Armia, and Howard stopped a shot but Armia…
Armia sold a high stick by Kronwall and Kronwall was called at 3:13 of the 2nd.
- Winnipeg set up on the PP after winning the deep offensive zone faceoff, Howard had to stop Ehlers, and Winnipeg set up umbrella style, with little, Myers and Ehlers cycling. Detroit was able to clear, Winnipeg re-set, and Laine was stopped by DeKeyser.
- The puck was held in by Myers, Laine and Myers fed each other, Laine missed going high glove, Nielsen raced up with Helm, and Helm fed Nielsen but he was blocked off by Myers.
- Helm should hae shot.
- Laine, Stastny and Scheifele watched Helm battle for the puck with Byfuglien up ice, and Byfuglien got away with interference.
- Ouellet, Abdelkader and Helm also raced into the Jets’ zone, but Byfuglien blocked that attempt.
- Scheifele and Stastny set up as the PK expired, Winnipeg worked the puck to the line, Morrissey found Scheifele, Byfuglien hit the outside of the net, the Jets cycled, Morrissey fed the puck to Armia, he gave it back to Morrissey, Stastny and Winnipeg changed while in the offensive zone, Morrissey blasted a heavy shot wide, Byfuglien kept the puck in and Hendricks fed mOrrissey, Armia cycled, and Byfuglien scored.
Byfuglien had been on the ice for nearly two minutes, and he still had the energy to skate into the right wing faceoff circle and chip a puck past Howard at 6:25.
- At 6:32 of the 2nd, Winnipeg was out-shooting Detroit 3-2 in the 2nd and was out-shot 19-15 overall; attempts 35-32 Winnipeg; hits 5-3 Detroit; giveaways 11-5 Detroit; takeaways 3-2 Winnipeg; blocked shots 13-6 Detroit; faceoffs 17-16 Winnipeg (48%).
- The Red Wings found themselves hemmed in AGAIN after the TV timeout, and Howard had to make a big stop.
- Winnipeg then won a faceoff in deep and Howard had to make another stop before Nyquist, Zetterberg and Mantha tried to get fancy and give and go…
Before getting down to business. Nyquist took Mantha’s bad pass off a Jets turnover, Nyquist spun deep and reversed to the slot, and Mantha was there between the hash marks, ready to jam the Nyquist puck home.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) March 3, 2018
- On the post-goal shift, Winnipeg set up in the Wings’ zone and Laine made a pretty play, Ehlers fanned on a shot and Ouellet pushed the puck away from Detroit’s net before Stastny skated into Detroit’s zone, Howard held a high-and-wide shot to his defensemen, and Detroit brought the Zetterberg line back out in a hurry.
- Mantha fed DeKeyser and the puck was loose in the crease, so the Jets decided to pull Larkin’s helmet off his helmet. Copp and Myers visited with Larkin.
- Detroit managed to win a draw in deep in the offensive zone, but Wheeler mugged Larkin, and when Daley chipped the puck into the offensive zone, Winnipeg headed up the other way in a hurry.
- Detroit re-set, but Winnipeg was in possession of and control of the puck at the 10-minute mark of the 2nd period.
- Nielsen gave a terrible turnover to Stastny, he fed Ehlers, and Ehlers nearly scored off the turnover…
- And Bertuzzi went off ice stung, having blocked a shot.
- Laine raced back into the Wings’ zone, and Howard had to stop him.
- 11:00 into the 2nd, Detroit was out-shot 6-4 in the 2nd but out-shot Winnipeg 21-18 overall; attempts 42-35 Winnipeg; hits 5-4 Detroit; giveaways 12-6 Detroit, takeaways 4-2 Winnipeg; blocked shots 15-6 Detroit; faceoffs 20-17 Winnipeg (46%).
- The Red Wings won the post-TV timeout draw, but Winnipeg chipped and chased into the Wings’ zone, and Detroit iced the puck.
- So Zetterberg drew in vs. Scheifele, he was tossed, Wheeler won the draw instead, and Mantha flubbed a clearing attempt, so Zetterberg coughed up the puck and Howard made a massive blocker stop on Connor.
- The Wings were able to repel the next Jets rush and clear the zone…
But Winnipeg raced back into the Wings’ zone, Patrik Laine was given too much time and space by Kronwall and Glendening, and Laine fired a shot past Howard’s ear, blocker side.
So nice, he did it twice!!
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) March 3, 2018
- On the post-goal shift, Detroit brought Nielsen, Abdelkader and Helm right back out, and the trio was able to clear one Jets rush, then surrender another to Schiefele and Wheeler.
- Detroit was able to push the puck into the offensive zone and get the Larkin line on ice.
- On ICE…as in the Wings got away with a terrible icing call against Winnipeg, and what did Detroit do?
- They gave up a shot to Morrissey.
- With 5-and-a-half minutes remaining in the 2nd, Mantha lost his stick, Mike Green tried to respond by clearing the puck out of trouble…
And Mike Green chipped the puck out of play at 14:27.
- At 14:27, Detroit was out-shot 11-5 in the 2nd and 23-22 overall; attempts were 50-36 Winnipeg.
- Winnipeg won the opening deep offensive zone draw and got a shot off on Howard off the hop, with Perreault jamming a rebound into Howard’s glove.
- Detroit won the next draw and Nielsen and Helm were able to clear the zone, but Hellebuyck played the puck to Ehlers, Winnipeg charged into the Wings’ zone, regrouped, and Howard made a stop.
- Winnipeg could not hold the puck in deep, but they re-set, and opposite Glendening, Abdelkader, Ouellet and Daley, Howard had to make another stop on Wheeler, the Jets opened up their umbrella PP with 20 seconds remaining in said power play, and Scheifele was blocked off by Abdelkader and Daley cleared the zone…
- Laine found Wheeler, he went through the legs to shoot, and he fired the puck wide of Howard.
- With about 8 Jets on the ice, sans penalty, the Wings pushed the puck through center ice, Winnipeg re-set, and Howard made a remarkable stop on Joel Armia…off a terrible giveaway and turnover behind the Wings’ net.
- The Jets returned to the Red Wings’ zone as the period began to tick down, Zetterberg, Nyquist, Mantha and Green skated into the Jets’ zone…
- And they went offside.
- Athanasiou, Abdelkader and Bertuzzi took to the ice together vs. Laine and Ehlers, they lost the offensive zone draw, Winnipeg set up, Laine sent a shot wide and Detroit got hemmed in, but Bertuzzi poked the puck out of trouble and Jensen chipped and changed with only 1:11 remaining in the 2nd.
- Winnipeg banged the puck into the Wings’ zone, Nielsen, Glendening and Helm got caught, and Connor sent a big boomer on Howard, which was stopped.
- Winnipeg chipped and changed, Daley and Zetterberg tried to feed Mantha, but 4 Jets got the puck instead, and Winnipeg got one more shot on Howard before Detroit cleared the zone.
The 2nd period in summary: The Detroit Red Wings were out-classed in the 2nd period, out-shot 19-5 and out-scored only 2-1 because Jimmy Howard was competent in goal. The Wings needed a rallying cry badly or they were gonna get shot right out of the rink.
Statistically, Detroit was out-shot 19-5 in the 2nd and 31-22 overall; attempts were 61-36 Winnipeg; hits 9-7 Detroit; giveaways 15-6 Detroit, takeaways 4-2 Winnipeg (possession changes 19-8 Winnipeg); blocked shots 17-6 Detroit; faceoffs 29-20 Winnipeg (41% for Detroit).
Individually, Nyquist, Mantha and Ouellet had 3 shots, and Abdelkader, Helm and Kronwall had 2 shots; Glendening led the Wings with 4 hits; Daley had 5 giveaways, Zetterberg, DeKeyser and Larkin 2 apiece; Mantha and DeKeyser had the Wings’ only takeaways; Jensen, Nielsen and Kronwall blocked 2 shots apiece; Zetterberg’s 7-and-6 (54%) led the team; Detroit was -15, with Glendening at -3, Jensen, Abdelkader and Larkin at -2 and everyone but Frk and Witkowski, who played 1:35, at -1; DeKeyser led the Wings with 16:03 played; Daley played 14:24; Jensen 13:58, Kronwall 13:15, Abdelkader 13:08, Nyquist 12:06, Zetterberg 12:03, Nielsen 11:47, Ouellet and Mantha 11:29.
FSD had the scoring chances at 14-9 Winnipeg on their 31-22 shot advantage.
The 3rd period
3rd period observations:
- Zetterberg drew in for the final period’s first faceoff, he lost it, and Winnipeg played wraparound, with Byfuglien unable to score but able to test Howard’s toe and the Wings’ defense.
- Winnipeg set up in Detroit’s zone, Rostlovic was blocked off, Perreault, Byfuglien and Morrissey cycled, Nyquist and Mantha tried to respond, Zetterberg found Daley and he fed Nyquist in the slot…
- But Hellebuyck stifled Nyquist some 57 seconds into the 3rd period.
- Detroit held the puck in off the draw and Helm got a long, long shot in on Hellebuyck that was easily stopped.
- Detroit won the next faceoff, but Winnipeg swiped the puck away and Detroit had to re-set at center, with Athanasiou trying to feed Green for a low-percentage play.
- Green had to hustle back to help the Wings, and Scheifele put a shot off the outside of the post.
- Howard stopped Kulikov once, his wraparound attempt went off a skate, and the Jets won the next faceoff, but Ehlers slid a pass wide of his own defenseman, and the Wings took over.
- Jensen carried the puck in deep and dumped the puck away, he pinched to try and keep it in, and then Jensen hauled ass back to the Wings’ zone to help the Wings retain an Ehlers rebound.
- Ouellet got stung on a heavy hit…
- Detroit attacked with Zetterberg, Mantha and Nyquist working and Mantha helping at the line as Daley pinched, Kronwall touched the puck as well, and Detroit was able to center the puck, but Byfuglien cleared the zone and Detroit had to chip and change some 4 minutes into the 3rd.
- Witkowski actually got a shift with Glendening and Frk, and the trio looked rusty, surrendering zone time to Little and Myers, whose shot was blocked.
- The Red Wings managed to spring Andreas Athanasiou via a DeKeyser 3-line pass, but Athanasiou could not convert because he was slashed on the hands.
- No call.
- On the next shift, Abdelkader, Larkin and Bertuzzi worked the puck in deep, Daley and Kronwall helped out, and Bertuzzi clanged a puck off the side of the net. Daley pinched and scored.
The Red Wings cycled down low, got the puck back to Kronwall, he slid a side-to-side pass to Daley, he charged up ice himself, found the slot as the Wings’ 3 forwards were crowded in front of the net, and Daley scored blocker side on Hellebuyck.
- On the post-goal shift, Mantha, Zetterberg, Nyquist and Jensen all pinched deep, so Mantha had to come back and help DeKeyser defend. Jensen fed Mantha, he chipped and chased alone, Zetterberg stole the puck but Wheeler gobbled it up, and Detroit changed, bringing Green up ice.
- Helm was fed by Green, but Helm missed…
- Ouellet, back on ice, helped Green clear the zone, and the Jets jammed it right back in, with physical aplomb.
- At 6:56, Detroit was out-shooting Winnipeg 6-3 in the 3rd, but Detroit was out-shot 34-28 overall. Attempts were 67-42 Winnipeg; hits 13-9 Winnipeg; giveaways 15-8 Detroit; takeaways 4-3 Winnipeg; blocked shots 19-7 Detroit; faceoffs 33-23 Winnipeg (41% for Detroit).
- Play resumed with the Jets facing off in Detroit’s zone, and the Wings won the draw, cleared their zone, re-set, watched the Jets chip and chase, and Bertuzzi was tripped up.
- Daley continued playing, he fed Abdelkader, and Detroit could not get past center ice.
- So the Wings’ defense went D-to-D, Abdelkader got knocked over from behind, and there was no call made.
- Play continued, and Detroit won a draw, but a bad Mantha pass was salvaged only as far as center ice, where Perreault dumped and chased vs. Zetterberg and company.
- Green and Jensen tried to key the offense, and instead, Nyquist turned over the puck at the Wings’ line, and Rostlovic got taken out by Zetterberg as Rostlovic attempted to attack the Wings’ net.
- Both teams changed as the puck rolled to center ice, and Athanasiou almost broke free, but he missed the cross-ice pass.
- Winnipeg swiped the puck from Helm, Connor fed the puck to Kulikov, Winnipeg cycled, and ultimately Scheifele sent a shot wide of Howard’s face.
- Winnipeg sure liked hard, high shots.
- Armia then fed Copp, he fired a shot off Howard, and Detroit iced the puck at 10:04.
- In what became an increasingly physical contest, Abdelkader drew in for a defensive zone draw, won it, and the Wings chipped and chased as Larkin’s line took over.
- The Wings did a fair job of pushing the puck to Niklas Kronwall, who unleashed a slap shot on Hellebuyck, but Kronwall was stopped.
- At 10:30, Detroit was out-shooting Winnipeg 7-4 but was out-shot 35-29 overall; attempts 69-42 Winnipeg, hits 16-14 Winnipeg; giveaways 15-8 Detroit, takeaways 4-3 Winnipeg; blocked shots 20-7 Detroit; faceoffs 35-24 Winnipeg (41% for Detroit).
- Detroit lost the post-TV timeout draw and Winnipeg attacked the Red Wings heavily and physically.
- Detroit had to battle a draw free in their own zone, and Winnipeg ultimately won the draw, with Howard stopping Ehlers and Detroit chipping and chasing into the Jets’ zone. Bertuzzi, Abdelkader and Larkin had a short shift together, and then the Jets got a shot on Howard that the Wings’ goaltender held onto despite his best efforts to move the puck.
- With 8:10 remaining in the 3rd, Detroit pushed the puck into the Jets’ zone, Athanasiou, Glendening and Zetterberg worked together for half-a-shift, getting a shot off on Hellebuyck, and Winnipeg re-set.
- Byfuglien raced into the Wings’ zone, he went wide on everybody, and then he fed Wheeler, who howard stopped.
- With 7:18 remaining, the Jets won a deep offensive zone faceoff, Byfuglien blasted the puck wide, and Larkin, Abdelkader and Bertuzzi could not clear their own zone with any ease. Howard stopped Wheeler, and Detroit raced away, with larkin trying to go wide on Byfuglien and taking a face full of stick as a result.
- No call.
- As play continued, DeKeyser got a fine shot off on Hellebuyck, Nyquist helped Daley pinch by taking his place, and Ouellet sent a slick little pass in toward Hellebuyck, and the Jets sent the puck into the netting.
- With 5:50 remaining, Detroit was out-shooting Winnipeg only 9-8 in the 3rd and the shots were 39-31 Winnipeg overall. Attempts were 74-48 Winnipeg.
- Detroit lost the post-TV timeout faceoff but managed to hammer the puck into Winnipeg’s zone, with the Nielsen line doing its best to generate some offense.
- Its best ended up with a Jets rush against and a sneaky shot by Nielsen that was blocked out of play by Morrow.
- Zetterberg’s line returned to the ice with 5:13 remaining in the 3rd, and Zetterberg and Kronwall forced Scheifele to send a puck wide of Howard, Zetterberg worked the puck to Mantha, and Detroit chipped and chased.
- Larkin joined the fray, swiped a puck, and fed Green. Abdelkader then worked the puck to Kronwall, who jumped into play, Mantha was STONED by Hellebuyck and the Jets went the other way.
- Larkin ended up coming back with Bertuzzi and Athanasiou to stifle a Jets rush.
- Jensen helped the Wings push the puck into Hellebuyck, but he held on with 3:36 remaining.
- Winnipeg won the next draw, Nielsen’s line iced the puck, and they tied up the deep offensive zone faceoff, but Detroit raced down ice and Athanasiou negated another icing call.
- It didn’t matter. Winnipeg fired the puck into Howard, the Jets won the next faceoff, and Detroit…
- Well, Jensen sure tried. Jensen had a good game. He was pinching regularly to generate offense, but he was getting back to stop the Jets as well.
- With 2:34 remaining…
- Detroit brought out Larkin, Bertuzzi and Abdelkader, Green held the puck in, and Larkin and Abdelkader kicked the puck free to Bertuzzi, Green at least stopped the Jets’ rush, and Detroit re-entered the Jets’ zone.
- Twice, with Athanasiou, Nyquist and Zetterberg setting up.
- Regrettably, Winnipeg bunkered down, took the puck up ice, and Scheifele forced Howard to stop the puck and hang on with 1:20 remaining.
- The Jets won the draw, Perreault got bumped down by DeKeyser, Armia got a shot off on Howard and time ticked down and ticked down and ticked down…
- With Winnipeg in control.
- Green flipped the puck back to DeKeyser, Green took over, and Nyquist slithered through center, chipped, and Howard exited with 45 seconds remaining.
- Byfuglien cleared the puck all the way down the ice, just wide of the net, with 34.9 left.
- 6-on-5: Nyquist Zetterberg Kronwall Green Nielsen Abdelkader.
- Detroit won the draw, Nielsen fed it to the line, Green and Kronwall worked it to Zetterberg, he fed a puck wide of Abdelkader, Nielsen and Green cycled, Morrissey took it, Nielsen and Nyquist jabbed, the Jets gave the puck to Wheeler, and he fired wide of the empty net, but with only 5 seconds remaining, Green fed Zetterberg and time expired.
The 3rd period in summary: The Red Wings were able to make the game “close” on a goal by Daley at 5:29, but the Wings still had 14-and-a-half minutes with which to tie the game, and the Wings’ get-up-and-go got up and left the rink for the team plane after Daley scored. Ultimately, the Wings could not match the Jets’ pop-gun offense–though they tried–and because Detroit made more defensive zone errors, they lost the game.
Here’s the Game Summary…
And the Event Summary:
The final shot attempts were 80-53 Winnipeg on the Jets’ 42-33 shot advantage. That’s staggering.