|Date of game: 2/14/2015
Recap: Detroit vs. Winnipeg
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - In his second game with Winnipeg, Drew Stafford scored his first goal as a Jet and added the shootout winner in the Jets' 5-4 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.
Michael Hutchinson made 25 saves through regulation and overtime, and he stopped all four shots he faced in the shootout, making him a perfect 11-of-11 in the shootout during his career.
Chris Thorburn, Blake Wheeler and Andrew Ladd also tallied goals for the Jets, and Bryan Little, Dustin Byfuglien and Tyler Myers all had two assists to get points in five of their last six games.
"Every point counts, so for us to battle back and get that extra point, it's huge," Stafford said. "There's no quit in this team."
The Red Wings lost their six-game home winning streak despite getting 34 saves from Jimmy Howard, including six in overtime.
"Sometimes I felt I was a little ahead of the play and there were other times when I felt I was a little behind the play," said Howard. "But that's going to come the more I play, the more I'll feel at home out there."
Pavel Datsyuk scored a pair of goals and added an assist, and Niklas Kronwall and Darren Helm lit the lamp for Detroit. Tomas Tatar had two assists.
Although each team scored four goals prior to the shootout, the end of the game was controlled by the goalies. In overtime, Howard had to stop a Mathieu Perreault breakaway and faced three shots on a power play created with 2:10 left when Kyle Quincey was sent off for roughing.
In the shootout, the goalies traded saves until Stafford's shot beat Howard to kick off the fourth and final round. Hutchinson stopped Stephen Weiss to end the game.
Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock was concerned about recent slow starts, and Saturday's did not ease his concerns. Jacob Trouba's shot from the point was deflected by Thorburn through Howard's legs for a 1-0 Jets lead just 2:36 into the game.
Simultaneous penalties from Wheeler and Ladd gave Detroit a 5-on-3 for a full two minutes. The Red Wings piled the shots on, and eventually Kronwall hammered a slapshot by Hutchinson to tie the game with 3:06 remaining in the first.
Detroit took its first lead on another power play two minutes into the second period. Hutchinson made the save on Helm's first attempt, but he could not stop Helm's backhand shot on the rebound.
Datsyuk netted his first goal of the contest nearly four minutes later when Helm's shot was deflected into the air and off Datsyuk's shoulder into the net.
The Jets answered a little over a minute later. Myers crashed the net after a slow Red Wings change, and although Howard stopped his shot, Wheeler poked in the rebound.
Stafford tied the game prior to the midway point of regulation on the power play. Skating down the wing, he backhanded a shot that tied up Howard. He could not secure the puck as it trickled into the net.
The Jets took their first lead since the first period on Ladd's power play goal with 4:38 elapsed in the third. He got into the slot and wristed a shot by Howard with traffic in front of the net.
Datsyuk scored again with 6 1/2 minutes remaining in regulation. As he has done so many times, he stickhandled around defenders and beat Hutchinson with his quick release to tie the game.Game Notes
The Red Wings hadn't lost at home since a shootout loss to Colorado on Dec. 21
but still sport a healthy 17-4-7 record at Joe Louis Arena this year ...
Howard was making his first start since Jan. 10 after missing a month with
a groin injury ... Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien extended his point streak
to four games ... Detroit sent defenseman Jakub Kindl to Grand Rapids (AHL)
for a conditioning stint.