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Copp records two-point night against hometown team in Jets victory

"It gives you a little extra bump." -Copp

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - For Ann Arbor, Michigan product Andrew Copp, playing against the Detroit Red Wings is always special.

"It's the team you grew up watching that had so much success. It gives you a little extra bump," said Copp. "Especially with some of the familiarities with the guys on that team, it makes it a little more special."

He certainly stepped up for the occasion, recording his second multi-point performance of the season. He assisted on the game's opening goal in the first period, then tipped home his fifth of the season as part of a three-goal Winnipeg Jets onslaught in a two-minute span late in the second period.

Add in a power play marker from Mark Scheifele in the third and the Jets (19-10-2) left the building with a 5-1 win over the Red Wings (7-22-3).

Video: POSTGAME | Andrew Copp

"When we play with pace and one line gets it going, you start to roll over with some momentum. We kind of feed off that as you saw late in the second," said Copp. "One shift goes good, then you get another, then the bench starts to feel it and we usually capitalize on that momentum."

In addition to his two points, Copp finished the night with three shots on goal and won 10 of the 16 face-offs he took in 18:36 of ice time.

"He's always been positionally right. Right from the one game he played in his first year," said head coach Paul Maurice.

"Now he's faster than he's ever been and his hands are developing. He can make plays. Andrew has a very unique brain for the game. He picks up an awful lot on the bench. There is no video to show the guy defensively. He can come in and talk about plays without having seen the video.

"He's a man now. He drives now. For a guy that maybe doesn't skate like Kyle Connor, let's say, he's a quick player because he's ahead of it."

The Jets couldn't cash in on an early power play, but they would open the scoring shortly after on the penalty kill. An active stick by Copp near the top of the right circle sent the Jets on a 2-on-0 the other way. Lowry tried to feed Copp in front, but a diving play by Robby Fabbri sent the deflected puck in on Eric Comrie.

The former Jets goaltender couldn't quite freeze the puck as Lowry and Copp hammered away at it, with Lowry eventually getting credit for the Jets' first shorthanded goal of the season.

Detroit challenged for goaltender interference, but the NHL Situation Room upheld the goal call.

"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 was glad he let that one go," he said with a grin. "It was borderline, but I didn't think Coms had it fully."

Video: POSTGAME | Laurent Brossoit

An equipment issue for Laurent Brossoit early in the second period forced him to the dressing room for a couple minutes, meaning Connor Hellebuyck had to come in.

During 1:09 Hellebuyck was in goal, Red Wings forward Christoffer Ehn got to a loose puck just outside the Jets crease and slid home his first goal of the season to tie it up, with Brossoit standing on the Winnipeg bench ready to come back in.

"I'm used to unusual this year," said Brossoit, who finished with 15 saves.

"The lace that attaches my skate to my pad completely ripped apart. We tried to get it knotted up and get me back in there, but it was a bit trickier than we thought."

Before the end of the middle frame though, the Jets would take the lead back and more.

Video: DET@WPG: Copp deflects goal

Nikolaj Ehlers found Blake Wheeler in the high slot where the captain fired a wrist shot off the inside of the right post and in. It not only put the Jets up 2-1, it was also his 200th goal as a member of the Jets franchise.

Just 1:49 later, Copp got his second point of the night, tipping home a Josh Morrissey wrist shot from the point.

That goal came shortly after Maurice switched Perreault and Roslovic on the wings, meaning Roslovic played that shift with Copp and Lowry.

"It's not too big of a switch, but the right-handed shot makes it a lot better. Just seeing forehands coming up the ice can be a little bit of a difference," said Copp.

"We were comfortable with both of them tonight and have been for a little while."

Only 11 seconds later, Patrik Laine made a quick move around Dennis Cholowski at the Detroit blue line, then dangled around Comrie in tight for his ninth of the season and a 4-1 Jets lead through 40 minutes.

Video: DET@WPG: Laine weaves through defense for great goal

The offence continued in the third, when Scheifele hammered home his team-leading 14th goal of the season just nine seconds into Winnipeg's fourth power play of the night.

It was Scheifele's fourth straight game with a goal.

"The guy that quietly had a great game tonight was Mark Scheifele," said Maurice.

"He bought his wingers time to get into that game. It was fast for both those guys early. He was under pucks, battled pucks out, got pucks deep, he almost played a quiet game. That's what it demanded. I'm glad he scored because he deserved to have something good for him."

The two teams complete the second half of the home-and-home set Thursday night in Detroit.

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