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Wheeler, Jets hand Red Wings 12th straight loss

Pull away with three goals in 2:00 late in second, limit Detroit to 17 shots

by Darrin Bauming / Independent Correspondent

Wheeler whips home wrister

DET@WPG: Wheeler snipes home wrist shot

Blake Wheeler receives a nice pass from Nikolaj Ehlers and fires a wrister past Eric Comrie to give the Jets a 2-1 lead in the 2nd

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WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets scored three goals in 2:00 late in the second period when they sent the Detroit Red Wings to their 12th straight loss, 5-1 at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday.

Blake Wheeler and Andrew Copp each had a goal and an assist for the Jets (19-10-2), who won their second game in a row and extended their point streak to four (3-0-1). Winnipeg limited Detroit to 17 shots on goal in the first of a home-and-home.

"We knew in the first 10 minutes of that game we were going to have to get better," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "But I think there was lots of confidence that we would. Everybody kind of knew we were a little slow moving the puck, a little slow getting to the puck. And they were quick. They played hard, right through that game."


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The Red Wings (7-22-3) have been outscored 53-21 in their past 12 games (0-10-2) and have lost 10 straight in regulation. Detroit last went 12 in a row without a win Oct. 21-Nov. 16, 1989 (0-9 with three ties).

"Right now, we got to find a way to win a hockey game," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "We've got to get some confidence and moxie back into us. We're not a good enough team right now. The only people that can change that is us."

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

Eric Comrie made 25 saves in his first start for Detroit.

Wheeler gave the Jets a 2-1 lead when he scored with a wrist shot from above the left face-off circle at 16:43 of the second.

Copp made it 3-1 at 18:32, and Patrik Laine scored on a breakaway at 18:43 for a 4-1 lead.

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

Adam Lowry scored shorthanded at 12:17 of the first period to give Winnipeg a 1-0 lead. The goal was upheld by video review after Blashill challenged for goaltender interference.

Christoffer Ehn tied it 1-1 at 7:39 of the second with his first goal of the season in his 23rd game.

Ehn scored against Connor Hellebuyck, who made one save on two shots in 1:09 after starter Laurent Brossoit left with an equipment issue. Brossoit made 15 saves for the win.

"That was definitely a team win, especially against a team that's been struggling this year," Brossoit said. "It's nice to see us come out and give it the same effort that we normally do and not take them easy."

Mark Scheifele scored a power-play goal at 5:04 of the third period to make it 5-1 Jets.

Video: DET@WPG: Scheifele unleashes PPG


They said it

"As hard as it is to say after a 5-1 loss, we're tapping in a lot, we battle, we battle for each other. We show up every day and practice hard. I've said it before, I do feel we've gotten stronger as a group although the results aren't showing it." -- Red Wings center Dylan Larkin

"We can't seem to stop the bleeding once it starts. We have a tough time slowing it down. I think they scored basically three shifts in a row. Part of that is, we get stuck in our own zone and we're too tired to get it out." -- Red Wings forward Luke Glendening

"I thought the game kind of changed maybe fairly early in the second period. It was actually the fourth line, I think Gabriel Bourque goes in, gets on the body, I think that was our first real extended offensive-zone time, and we were pretty darn good after that." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice


Need to know

Comrie was acquired by the Red Wings in a trade from the Arizona Coyotes on Nov. 30. He played five games for the Jets the past three seasons after they selected him in the second round (No. 59) of the 2013 NHL Draft. ... The Red Wings spent the night in Winnipeg because of mechanical problems with their charter plane instead of returning to Detroit as planned. ... The Jets have won four in a row at home and are 9-2-1 in their past 12 games.


What's next

Red Wings: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D+, TSN3, NHL.TV)

Jets: At the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D+, TSN3, NHL.TV)

Video: Wheeler, Laine power Jets past Red Wings, 5-1

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