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Laine scores twice to help Jets to win over Red Wings

Hellebuyck makes 30 saves; Laine extends point streak to seven

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - Losses are going to happen over the course of an 82-game schedule.

But as Josh Morrissey said Friday night, "you have to cut it off at one."

That's exactly what the Winnipeg Jets did, as they held off the Detroit Red Wings by a score of 4-3, earning a split of the two-game home stand.

Video: POSTGAME | Jets 4, Red Wings 3 - F

After the tough loss to Nashville on Tuesday, this was an important win.

"I thought we did a lot of good things in the game against Nashville. We probably played a better game than we did tonight, even though we got the win," said Josh Morrissey, who had two assists in the victory.

"You look at Detroit, they played hard tonight. They did a lot of the things that we do to teams in the first period and throughout the game. They have a lot of speed, they really pressured us, they had good sticks. It just seemed like we never had a clean play."

Video: DET@WPG: Laine dangles, roofs puck for stellar goal

Patrik Laine scored twice, while Dustin Byfuglien and Ben Chiarot added singles, to help the Jets move to 38-17-9.

"I think I've just started to skate more. I've tried to work hard and play as simple as I can. I think that's the biggest reason why I'm getting rewarded," said Laine, who extended his point streak to seven games with his two goals.

"It's always nice to finish the home stand with a win. It was a huge win. We needed that."

Video: POSTGAME | Patrik Laine

After Niklas Kronwall scored his third of the season on a Detroit power play to open the scoring, the Jets responded in a big way.

Laine took advantage of a great pinch from Tyler Myers on the right side boards, and circled back to the middle of the ice, cutting through Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi, before snapping home his 32nd goal of the season past Jimmy Howard's glove.

Just 26 seconds later, Chiarot hammered a one-timer off a pass from Bryan Little.

It was Chiarot's first of the season, and it put the Jets up 2-1.

Video: DET@WPG: Chiarot clangs one-timer off the post and in

After a Jets power play expired in the second, Winnipeg kept Detroit hemmed in their zone for another 1:12 - fitting in almost a full line change in the process. With tired Red Wings on the ice, and constant puck movement, Morrissey sent a beautiful seam pass from the right point, to the left wing back door side, where Byfuglien buried his fifth of the season, putting the Jets up 3-1.

"They were gassed. You could see that the puck would go to the corner, and they were pretty straight legged. That's where you just want to keep buzzing. The forwards did a great job getting pucks back," said Morrissey.

"Playing with Buff, we've played together enough - especially last year in practice and stuff like that - there is a little bit of chemistry there offensively. He can see those areas, and go to those places. He found a great spot and I just tried to put it on his tape, and he made a great goal."

Video: DET@WPG: Byfuglien gets behind the defense and scores

But just over a minute later, Anthony Mantha got the Red Wings back within one. The 23-year-old found open space in front of Hellebuyck, and when Gustav Nyquist sent a pass in front from below the goal line, Mantha capitalized.

Morrissey's passing skill would set up another Jets goal with 7:43 remaining in the middle frame. His pass from the defensive zone sent in Ehlers into the Detroit zone with speed, and the Denmark native slipped a pass through Kronwall's legs to Laine, who snapped home his second of the game, this time over the blocker of Howard.

The Jets outshot Detroit 19-5 in the middle frame.

Video: POSTGAME | Paul Maurice

"We have to give them some credit in that first, they were really quick. There wasn't a lot of room to make plays," said head coach Paul Maurice.

"I thought we made a real good adjustment in the second. Just a mental adjustment in how the game was going to be played, and the speed we needed to get to. We left a lot of offence there on some missed shots and some block shots.

"Then in the third, you have a game that's going to tighten up when they scored."

Video: DET@WPG: Laine snaps home a top-shelf beauty

Detroit came out quickly in that third period, and after Hellebuyck made stops on both Nyquist and Andreas Athanasiou in the opening minutes, Trevor Daley would take advantage of sustained pressure in the Jets zone, and snap home his eighth of the season to pull the Red Wings within one.

But Detroit couldn't find the equalizer, as Hellebuyck turned away the other 10 shots the visitors had in the final period.

The 24-year-old goaltender is now 9-1-3 after allowing four or more goals in his previous start.

"It means a lot. It's what I'm there for. It's my job," said Hellebuyck, who made 30 saves overall.

"We're going to dominate for a period, and teams don't go away. They're going to grind and they're going to have their push. I'm excited to get there and work on the process. Today was a good learning curve for me."

Next up for the Jets is a six-game road trip that begins Sunday night against the Carolina Hurricanes.

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