The Detroit Red Wings pushed back, but couldn't overcome playing from behind practically all game.
The Wings generated chances and largely played well Friday at MTS Place, but fell, 4-2, to the Winnipeg Jets. With one victory in their past 10 games, the Wings have sunk to third from the bottom in the NHL standings, which at least benefits their 2019 draft lottery odds.
The Jets scored on the opening and closing shifts of the first period, and were up three goals by the time Luke Glendening scored shorthanded. Dennis Cholowski added a goal on a power play. Kyle Connor scored into an empty net with 59.5 seconds to go in regulation.
Wings coach Jeff Blashill talked after the morning skate about the need to respond if a bad shift happened or if the Jets scored. Both happened on the opening shift, as Jonathan Ericsson turned the puck over deep in his own zone and Brandon Tanev turned it into a 1-0 lead 13 seconds in. Darren Helm drew the ire of the crowd when he hit Mathieu Perreault, who went into the boards awkwardly as he fell. Perreault stayed in the game. The Wings did a good job responding and generated chances steadily, such as Thomas Vanek setting up Anthony Mantha at the net. They still ended up trailing two goals when Blake Wheeler's shot went in off Vanek's stick at 19:58 of the first period.
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The Wings seemed to catch a break when Helm drew a penalty on Jacob Trouba 20 seconds after Jacob de la Rose was sent off for holding, limiting the Wings having to deal with the Jets' power play, which came into the game scoring at 28.6 percent. But they fell further behind during four-on-four play when Bryan Little's shot appeared to hit a stick before bouncing behind goalie Jonathan Bernier, at 4:50 of the second period. They were back to playing shorthanded at 8:12 with Nick Jensen off for delay of game. Helm created a scoring chance when he took off with the puck, finding Filip Hronek as he came up the right flank. Glendening drove the net on the left flank and tapped in Hronek's pass to make it 3-1.
Dylan Larkin started off the third period with a faceoff win and a shot at goalie Laurent Brossoit, as the Wings continued to press. Back at even strength, Cholowski tried with a shot from the left circle. Cholowski got one through on the Wings' third power play, scoring his seventh goal of the season when he had a lot of open net and beat Brossoit short-side, at 6:50 of the third period. Larkin had a great chance on the fourth power play but shot wide. Tyler Bertuzzi battled for a loose puck at the net but was denied. Andreas Athanasiou was denied twice during the stretch. Niklas Kronwall was called for holding with 4:41 to play