The Wings scored first and found ways to push back as the Jets built momentum, but it wasn't enough to prevent a 4-3 loss on Friday at Bell MTS Place. Jimmy Howard made 38 saves to give his teammates a chance.
Niklas Kronwall converted on a power play but sloppiness with the puck left the Wings trailing, 2-1, after the first period. Anthony Mantha used his 21st goal of the season to pull the Wings within a goal in the second period. Two second-period penalties hampered the Wings' offensive efforts, and they trailed by two goals going into the third period. Trevor Daley cut it to a one-goal deficit with his eighth goal of the season.
The Wings did a good job getting in Winnipeg's zone and getting shots on Connor Hellebuyck. Mantha took a couple whacks at a rebound by the left side of the net as the Wings ran up a 9-5 edge in shots. The Wings went on a power play at 11:57 and had success with a new looks. Frans Nielsen joined Henrik Zetterberg's power play with Gustav Nyquist, Justin Abdelkader and Kronwall, who scored at 12:46 when he fired the puck through traffic, benefiting from Abdelkader screening Hellebuyck.
The momentum did not last long. Daley's attempt at clearing the puck was intercepted along the wall by Tyler Myers even as Andreas Athanasiou was right there, and Myers fed Patrik Laine for his 32nd goal of the season, at 13:24. Ben Chiarot one-timed the puck for a 2-1 Jets lead at 13:50. The Wings limited the Jets to one shot during a power play and emerged from the first period with a 17-12 shot advantage.
The Wings looked really good killing the Jets' second power play, with Nielsen and Darren Helm creating an odd-man rush and Howard having to make only one save during the stretch. Terrific passing back at even stretch saw the Jets move ahead 3-1 when Dustin Byfuglien was in position by the left side of the net to finish a perfect pass from Josh Morrissey. The Wings stemmed the Jets' momentum when Nyquist wheeled the puck around behind their net and found Mantha for a goal at 7:35 of the second period. Laine made it 4-2 at 12:17. The Jets had 19 shots in the second period, five of them during power plays.
Tyler Bertuzzi fired a stretch pass to Athanasiou early in the third period, but Hellebuyck stopped Athanasiou's forehand shot. Daley scored his third goal in four games when he fired a wrist shot from the low slot at 5:29, making it a 4-3 game. Hellebuyck robbed Mantha on a wrist shot from the bottom of the right circle as the clock ticked towards 4 minutes remaining.