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Trending: Second-period lull costs Wings in loss to Jets

Ehn picks up first goal of the season with Zadina getting third assist

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

WINNIPEG -- A promising beginning turned into another frustrating night for the Red Wings.

Detroit had the first six shots of the game before Winnipeg finally registered one.

But a shorthanded goal helped turn the tide for the Jets, who took a 1-0 lead into the second period.

After rallying to tie the game in the second, the Wings gave up three quick goals late in the period, eventually succumbing to the Winnipeg Jets, 5-1, at Bell MTS Place Tuesday night.

Detroit's winless skid now stands at 12 games, 0-10-2, and its overall record is 7-22-3.

Christoffer Ehn scored for the Wings.

Adam Lowry (shorthanded), Blake Wheeler, Andrew Copp, Patrik Laine and Mark Scheifele (power play) tallied for the Jets.

It is the 16th time in 32 games that the Wings have given up five or more goals.

Detroit goaltender Eric Comrie, making his first start for the Wings and second appearance, had 25 saves.

Winnipeg netminder Laurent Brossoit had 15 stops. In the second, an equipment problem forced him to the bench so Connor Hellebuyck briefly replaced him and gave up Ehn's goal while facing two shots.

Up next for the Wings and Jets is a rematch Thursday night at Detroit's Little Caesars Arena.

1. Eric Comrie: It is always a special thing to face a former team, especially the team that originally drafted you. The Jets took Comrie in the second round, 59th overall, in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Although they placed him on waivers and lost him to the Arizona Coyotes, Jets coach Paul Maurice had high praise for Comrie after the morning skate, calling him one of the "nicest guys on the face of the earth." The Jets kept their former teammate busy and Comrie was equal to the task until late in the second. The first goal came on a shorthanded 2-on-0 breakaway at 12:17 of the first. Comrie stopped Copp but Lowry kept poking at the pad until the puck went in on the fourth rebound. The Wings challenged for goaltender interference but officials ruled the puck was never frozen so the goal counted. The Jets had a chance to make it 2-0 at 6:30 of the second as Comrie stopped Luca Swiss's shot from the left point and then moved swiftly to recover and make the save on Kyle Connor, the former Michigan Wolverines star.

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: "Enough talk, we gotta go do something about it."Luke Glendening, Eric Comrie, Dylan Larkin and Coach Blashill speak following Tuesday's game against the Winnipeg Jets. | @CocaCola #DETvsWPG

Quotable: "I felt not bad actually. Unfortunately, they scored five goals, which is never good. You never want to let than many goals in. It's a goalie's job to win games and we didn't win a game tonight, so I didn't do my job to win the game." - Comrie

Quotable II: "Eric battled hard all night. He made some great saves on tips that I thought were going to bounce in, but he sucked them in. I thought he was the only positive tonight. He's a great teammate, works extremely hard. That's probably the worst, other than the loss, not showing up for him and he shows up for us in his first game against his old team and a lot of buddies over there. It doesn't feel good right now. Next time he's in we need to play harder and execute for him." - Dylan Larkin

Quotable III: "We got to give him more help. I thought he was great. I thought he came in and played really well. We left him out to try multiple times. It's unfair to him. It's not what we expect of ourselves. But I thought he was great. I thought he was composed in there and did a nice job." -- Luke Glendening

Quotable IV: "I thought he played good. He certainly gave us a chance as the game went along to keep it 1-1 for a long time. 1-0 and then 1-1. I thought he did a good job. He came in, he competed hard. I think we gotta play better in front of him than we did." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill

2. Christoffer Ehn: For a team that struggles to score, the Wings will gladly take offensive contributions from anyone. Ehn, who prides himself first and foremost on his defensive play, was happy to finally oblige. Filip Zadina started the play by stealing the puck from defenseman Tucker Poolman in the offensive zone. Ehn knocked it toward the net, then drove to the net for the rebound. It was Ehn's first goal and point of the season, snapping a 28-game pointless streak. His last goal came on March 25 at San Jose. Ehn finished with 16 shifts for 9:55, had four shots, two hits, was 0-for-7 in faceoffs and was even.

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: Some Nice work from Filip Zadina leads to Christoffer Ehn's first of the year. #LGRW

Quotable: "I think (Zadina's) done a good job. I think he's done a solid job. I think he's gotta make sure he's real dangerous on the power play, which our five-on-three wasn't very good. Ultimately you gotta have tons of confidence and moxie and make plays out there. I think he's done a good job. He's certainly learning how to battle and compete and understand how to win pucks." - Blashill

Quotable II: "It's definitely inconsistent. It is frustrating. Defensively, too, it's frustrating. Everything right now isn't going for us. When you try to force it, it makes it worse sometimes. We need to find answers. I think Anthony coming back soon, and Andreas hopefully is going to be OK, so when we get our guys back, we feel our top six is dangerous and it frees up space for our line and other guys to match up well against other teams." - Larkin

3. Quick strike: It is not the first time that the Wings have had a costly lull in a game this season. It seems that when they give up one goal, they are prone to giving up a few more in rapid succession. That is what happened late in the second period. After Wheeler picked the top right corner from the slot at 16:43, Copp followed with another at 18:32. The Wings did not even have time to catch their breath when Laine, known more for his wicked one-timer, weaved through traffic to break in on Comrie at 18:43, giving the Jets three goals in a two-minute span.

Quotable: "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 zone and we're too tired to get it out. We expect better of ourselves. I apologize. I don't have a whole lot to … I feel like I keep saying the same things. Talk is … enough talk. We got to do something about it." - Glendening

Quotable II: "When things go bad, they're really bad right now. I think the injuries we've had, we don't have an answer for that right now. But we need to find it. It's not even Christmas yet and this has happened too many times. It's not acceptable, but we have to find an answer, we have to do it internally as a group. We have to go out and execute. That's what it comes down to right now." - Larkin

Quotable III: "Good players scoring good goals. They're a good team. They're going to get their chances. It's my job at the end of the day to make those saves and I didn't do it." - Comrie

Quotable IV: "They are ugly for sure. Obviously our goal differentiation is terrible. What happened? Right now, we gotta find a way to win a hockey game. We gotta find a way 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. There's no secret answer. I don't think . . . as the game went along, when we get down, I didn't think we defended very well. We gotta be a team that defends great. We're not scoring at all, so we better find a way to defend great. If we want to keep these things one-goal games, we gotta do that. I thought as the game went along we got real loose defensively and we can't do that." - Blashill

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