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Laine scores two goals to lift Jets past Red Wings

Winnipeg hangs on for fourth victory in six games

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- Patrik Laine scored two goals, and the Winnipeg Jets held on for a 4-3 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Bell MTS Place on Friday.

Defensemen Dustin Byfuglien and Ben Chiarot scored for the Jets, who have won four of six games. Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves for his 33rd win.

 

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"I just started to skate more and tried to work hard and play as simple as I can," said Laine, who has eight goals and five assists in a seven-game point streak. "That's the biggest reason why I'm getting rewarded."

Winnipeg (38-17-9) trails the Nashville Predators by six points for first place in the Central Division and leads the Minnesota Wild by six for second.

"This was a good building day for us," Hellebuyck said. "I know we have better and we want to shut teams down. This is a good steppingstone to realize we have more to give. We worked hard enough to get it done."

Niklas Kronwall, Anthony Mantha and Trevor Daley scored for the Red Wings, who are 2-4-1 in their past seven games.

Video: DET@WPG: Kronwall rifles home a power-play goal

"It's another one-goal loss here," Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "We can say that we were close and that we battled hard in the third, but there's no reason for us to be in that situation."

Detroit (26-28-10) is seven points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. Jimmy Howard made 38 saves.

Kronwall gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead when he scored on the power play at 12:46 of the first period with a slap shot from the point. Laine tied the game 1-1 at 13:24 with a quick wrist shot after taking a pass from defenseman Tyler Myers in the right circle.

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

Chiarot gave the Jets a 2-1 lead when his point shot beat Howard high to the glove side at 13:50. It was his first goal of the season, ending a 38-game drought dating to March 19, 2017.

"When you give them the space and give them the puck back all of the time, they're going to make you pay," Kronwall said. "It's tough when you dig yourself a whole like that."

Byfuglien tapped in a cross-ice pass from defenseman Josh Morrissey to make it 3-1 at 6:25 of the second period. Morrissey had two assists.

Mantha got the Red Wings within 3-2 at 7:35 when he scored off a pass from Gustav Nyquist from below the goal line to the right of the net.

Video: DET@WPG: Mantha slots home a great dish from Nyquist

Laine scored his second of the night on a wrist shot at 12:17 to make it 4-2.

Daley made it 4-3 when he scored with a wrist shot from the point at 5:29 of the third period, but Hellebuyck made a save on all seven shots he faced the rest of the game.

Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson missed the game because of an illness.

 

Goal of the game

Laine's goal at 12:17 of the second period.

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

 

Save of the game

Hellebuyck stopping Mantha at 15:38 of the third period.

Video: DET@WPG: Hellebuyck turns away Mantha's late effort

 

Highlight of the game

Byfuglien's goal at 6:25 of the second period.

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

 

They said it

"I thought we had too many unforced errors, mistakes on goals where I thought we didn't need to. Certainly, they got lots to do with it, they're a real good team. But I thought in the first, in particular, we were playing really good, we scored the first goal, and then we gave away two goals. We got to be way better defensively. We got to make teams earn it more than they did on those two goals." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill

 

"It's imperative that you do get it up to that level. Every team now is playing for something. For them, they're trying to keep it tight (in the Eastern Conference standings). Obviously, they're trying to get better all of the time. We've been in that position. They played a good game. You have to be ready every night in this league because with the teams and the parity, if you take a night off or you're not ready to go, you're going to look silly." -- Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey

 

Need to know

Zetterberg has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past 13 games. … Hellebuyck is one victory from tying the Jets/Atlanta Thrashers franchise single-season record of 34 wins, set by Kari Lehtonen in 2006-07.

 

What's next

Red Wings: At the Minnesota Wild on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV)

Jets: At the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; SN, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Laine's two goals lead Jets to 4-3 win at home

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