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Kronwall, Mantha and Daley score for Detroit against Winnipeg

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets have a high-powered offensive team, especially at home.

Although the Red Wings came out with a good start, the Jets left Bell MTS Place Friday night with a 4-3 victory.

The Jets have scored a league-best 127 goals at home this season.

The Wings fell to 26-28-10 overall and 13-15-2 on the road while the Jets improved to 38-17-9 overall and 24-7-2 at home.

Niklas Kronwall, Anthony Mantha and Trevor Daley scored for Detroit while Patrik Laine (two), Ben Chiarot and Dustin Byfuglien scored for the Jets.

1. One-goal losses: The Wings have not fared well in one-goal games this season. Their last five losses have all been by one goal. They lost 3-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Nashville Predators and Buffalo Sabres (overtime), 2-1 to the St. Louis Blues this past Wednesday and 4-3 to the Jets. For the season, they are 9-10-10 in one-goal games compared to the Jets' record of 13-3-9.

Quotable: "We're not consistent enough. In the first I thought we played well and they get those two goals. We can talk about those, but overall we did a lot of good things. If we kept doing that in the second, we would be a different situation going into the third." - Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg

Quotable II: "We can't be satisfied with it, that's for sure. It's frustrating. I think we're all frustrated the way it's unfolding. We just gotta bear down." - goaltender Jimmy Howard, who had 38 saves Quotable III: "Tonight, I thought we had too many unforced errors, mistakes on goals where I thought we didn't need to. Certainly, they've got lots to do with it. They're a real good team. But I thought in the first, in particular, we're playing real good, we score the first goal and then we kind of gave away two goals, so we got to be way better defensively. We got to make teams earn way more than they did on those two goals. Really, I'd say probably the first four goals. We got to make sure we're making other teams earn it." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill

2. Niklas Kronwall: The Wings' power play has been up and down this season, with the struggles happening more in the second half of the season. But with Matt Hendricks in the box for slashing, Kronwall fired a shot from the right point that eluded Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (Commerce, Mich.) at 12:46 of the first. Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist picked up the assists. It was Kronwall's third goal of the season and first in 42 games. His last goal came on Nov. 22 against the Edmonton Oilers. With his assist on Daley's third-period goal, Kronwall has three goals and 11 assists in 16 career games against the Jets.

Quotable: "We're shooting ourselves in the foot. It's been said before and it's one of the reasons why we are where we're at. The first period I thought we started out pretty good, came out with a lot of energy. We made some mistakes in our own zone that cost us. And then in the second, for whatever reason, we didn't want the puck. We made it way too hard on ourselves. We kept turning the puck over. They're a good team. You give them space and you give them the puck back all the time, they're gonna make you pay. It's tough when you dig yourselves a hole like that." - Kronwall

3. Anthony Mantha/Trevor Daley: Mantha had not scored in the five games since he hit the 20-goal mark on Feb. 18 at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs. But with Nyquist's perfect pass in the second period, Mantha easily beat Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. That extends Mantha's career-high to 21 goals. Mantha had another great chance with a little more than four minutes left in regulation but Hellebuyck made the save. Daley scored from the slot at 5:29 of the third period, cutting the Jets' lead to 4-3. Kronwall and Tyler Bertuzzi assisted and Bertuzzi provided a net-front presence. It is Daley's eighth goal of the season and the fourth time in his career he has scored eight or more goals. His career best is 16 goals in 2014-15 for the Dallas Stars.

Quotable: "I think Anthony's been better than that, to be honest with you. I thought he was good tonight, but he went through a stretch for about two weeks where he was great, really moving his feet, really bending his knees, he's gone away from it there the last couple of games, got to get back to making sure, when Anthony bends his knees and skates - I know it sounds simplistic, but that's the reality - then he's a really good player, so he's got to get back to making sure he's doing that consistently." - Blashill

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