A struggle on the power play and loss of the puck spelled certain doom for the Red Wings. Their lack of defense against a surging Winnipeg Jets had them falling 4-1 at MTS Centre Tuesday night. Jacob Truba had two goals on the night to give his team a two game winning streak.
The Red Wings try to make things happen in Winnipeg where they could end their troubles from the other night. Minnesota handed Detroit a 3-1 loss where the pattern turned to the Jets. Winnipeg’s last two wins at home have come at the point where the visiting team lost to the Wild the night before. While the Red Wings hope to end the coincidental streak, they also hope that they can have a successful road trip.
Dylan Larkin is back in his second game since a day-to-day injury where he hoped to have better chances on net. He took three shots Monday night but couldn’t get one in the net. With a new game in front of him, Larkin will bring the heat that he is well known for.
Before he got his opportunity, Gustav Nyquist was trying to get on point taking an early strategy to work. He fired the puck in for a rebound giving Riley Sheahan a chance to score. He was unable to get it behind goaltender Connor Hellebuyck.
Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg took a stick to the face that put his team on a four-minute power play. They nearly had it blown twice as the Jets went in shorthanded nearly putting one on Jimmy Howard who was back in net for the first time in a week. He allowed Winnipeg to score as their intensity was far above what Detroit had as a three on two ended with Trouba scoring his third on a wrister on the glove side.
The Red Wings continued on the power play but showed nothing to answer the Jets. To make matters worse, they went down two men after Brendan Smith went in for interference followed by Niklas Kronwall for tripping. It didn’t take the Jets long to score and did so on an Andrew Ladd wrister from the slot scoring his tenth making it a 2-0 deficit. Detroit got back to even strength but their actual strength was questionable.
Though they managed 12 shots and a pair of power plays in the Winnipeg zone, the Red Wings were ready to make anything of the first period as they sat down two goals after twenty minutes.
Two turned into three just five minutes into the second period as the Jets flew by the Red Wings on a rush that had Alexander Burmistrov scoring on an easy drive that flew over Howard for his third this year. No move was made by the Detroit coaching staff, as they knew that Howard wasn’t totally responsible for the team’s troubles.
Another goal got through the Detroit goaltender as Trouba gave the Jets a 4-0 lead on his second of the night coming from the far end sending Howard off the ice. Mrazek took his place in net but he required his defense to make a stance or face further scoring from Winnipeg. They weren’t given any further chances to score in the final nine minutes of the period.
The third was Detroit’s last opportunity for a miracle and their special teams would have to pick up the pace to make it possible. Their sixth time on the man advantage saw Pavel Datsyuk on the line that would end Hellebuyck’s road to a shutout. Datsyuk scored 26 seconds into the power play with an unassisted wrist shot that put the Red Wings on the board.
It would be the only one that the Red Wings put into the net as the Jets played the remaining minutes of the period to win their second straight in a complete bombing of Detroit. They took 34 shots to the net of Hellebuyck who did well to sustain their scoring chances. He picked up his seventh victory making 32 saves for a .970 save percentage.
Mrazek made it easier to see that he was Detroit’s best in net as he withstood their constant shooting to stop ten on the night despite owning the loss. With special teams on the hot seat for the defeat, Detroit will end their brief road trip and get back into Joe Louis Arena as they try to end the year with a victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.