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Third line shines for Jets in win over Red Wings

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Winnipeg may have owed the Detroit Red Wings in Monday night’s NHL result, but the Jets’ 4-2 victory had significance beyond the 17-year-old debt.

How about this for starters: If you’ll play the right way, many things are possible.

"I thought we played the right way tonight, and played it for 60 minutes, which was good to see," said Jets coach Claude Noel after his team snapped a three-game losing streak and came sharply out of a funk that had seen them record just one win in the previous seven.

"Our effort was good. It’s nerve-racking a bit because you play that way against Detroit and you’re waiting for things to happen and then it kind of scares you. Our guys were really strong. We’ve been bitten more than once."

The Jets limited their gaffes in the dangerous areas — aside, one supposes, from Dustin Byfuglien’s three inopportune blown tires — and despite some adversity in the second period that saw them fall behind 2-1 after getting the game’s first goal, they rallied strongly.

"I think a big thing was we didn’t get down on ourselves," said centre Mark Scheifele, who had assists on goals by both his wingers, Michael Frolik and Matt Halischuk, the game-tying and game-winning goals. "We knew we made some mistakes but I think on the bench, guys were saying, ‘We’re still in this, we’ve still got lots of game.’

"I think that was a huge character part of our team."

Winnipeg, putting a small dent in a 17-year-old debt to Detroit, improved to 6-8-2.

Third line shines

Scheifele, Frolik and Halischuk were responsible for getting the team over the hump on the scoresheet, more evidence secondary production matters a great deal on many nights.

"They were flying all night," said Jets defenceman Zach Bogosian. "They were on pucks, they turned over a lot of pucks, made them turn over pucks. They’re a good line when they’re doing that. It was good to see them kind of clicking tonight. It was a really good thing to see, everybody chipping in."

Noel said there is now something brewing with the trio.

"I’ve liked them for a couple of games," said the coach, who has changed his lines around multiple times already this season. "They were probably our best line (last game). They just seem to have some chemistry. That’s the first thing you seem to notice.

"They’re reliable defensively. They check, so they’re reliable in that situation. Now the chemistry looks like it’s coming through; they’re figuring out where to go. It’s providing some offence."

Shoot it up

The Jets tied their season-high 47 shots on goal on Monday night, and that without their top shots-on-goal skater, left-winger Evander Kane, who was out with a lower-body injury on Monday.

"It means we’ve got to keep shooting, I guess," Bogosian said. "If the lane’s there, we have to make sure they’re getting through. We have to have that shoot-first mentality and crash and bang at the rebounds."

That barrage helped end Detroit’s three-game Western Canada winning streak, started with decisions in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. The Wings fell to 9-5-2.

Al’s their pal

Backup goalie Al Montoya provided more solid play in his third start of the season, making 26 saves.

"You can’t ask for much more from our guys out there," Montoya said. "We did a great job against a very offensive team, a very skilled team. And it just goes to show we can play against anyone on any given night."

"He made some very huge and timely saves for us throughout the game," Halischuk added. "He’s done that this year for us several times. I think it was starting with him tonight and goes out from there."

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

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  • garylawless

    @garylawless: Scheifele will likely have more bumps but again it's made clear he has superior offensive instincts, skill. Needs to get stronger #nhljets 7:28 am on Nov 5

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: last night's game from Mark Scheifele was another look into #nhljets future. He was best player in a game that included Datsyuk, Zetterberg 7:26 am on Nov 5

  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: Final score: #NHLJets 4 Detroit 2. 9:36 pm on Nov 4

  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: #NHLJets Andrew Ladd shovels rebound past Detroit's Jimmy Howard at 10:57 of 3rd. WPG 4 DET 2. WPG dominating SOG - 44-24. 9:22 pm on Nov 4

  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: #NHLJets Frolik with a nice pass from behind the net and Matt Halischuk snaps the one-timer from the slot at 4:27 of 3rd. Jets 3 Wings 2. 9:10 pm on Nov 4

  • JetsStatsGuy

    @JetsStatsGuy: Grant Clitsome is now a team worst -10 on the year. He was tied for the team lead last year at +10. #NHLJets 8:54 pm on Nov 4

  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: #NHLJets showed some resilience in that 2nd period; overcame adversity, got the equalizer and it will be 2-2 heading into 3rd P. 8:43 pm on Nov 4

  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: #NHLJets Scheifele with nice cross-ice pass to Frolik and it's in the back of the Detroit net at 17:04 of 2nd P. Jets 2 Wings 2. 8:37 pm on Nov 4

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: none of #nhljets see the ice like Scheifele does on that play. 8:36 pm on Nov 4

  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: Wings win face off cleanly and Detroit D Danny Dekeyser wires a blast from the point past Montoya for a SH goal at 10:05. DET 2 #NHLJets 1. 8:24 pm on Nov 4

  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: #NHLJets dominating play, but score is tied 1-1 after Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg banks shot in off Jets Grant Clitsome at 7:09 of 2nd P. 8:18 pm on Nov 4

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: Clitsome turns it over and then kicks it in his own net #nhljets. let's see if montoya folds now. 8:16 pm on Nov 4

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: once again, Montoya makes save that hasn't been made of late. and #nhljets still hold lead as a result. let's see how it effects confidence 8:12 pm on Nov 4

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets now 0-for-3 on PP. It continues to be a momentum killer 8:11 pm on Nov 4

  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: #nhljets earned that 1-0 lead with a very hard fought 1st period. Outshot Detroit 10-2 at one point, finished 14-9. 7:50 pm on Nov 4

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Not at the #NHLJets game tonight and relying on TSN 1290 for the call. Anybody else lose their feed? 7:49 pm on Nov 4

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: Great pressure by #nhljets and finally a goal but key to first period was Montoya making key save at the right moment. Too often those go in 7:46 pm on Nov 4

  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: Jets C Bryan Little scores on the breakaway; assisted by Andrew Ladd at 19:00 of 1st period. WPG 1 DET 0. #nhljets 7:45 pm on Nov 4

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: No warmup for #nhljets Evander Kane. Strong indication he won't play 6:39 pm on Nov 4

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: Looks like it's Al Montoya tonight for #nhljets he's left the ice and Pav is still working with goalie coach wade flaherty 10:49 am on Nov 4

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: No Evander Kane at morning skate. He missed practice yesterday too #nhljets 10:34 am on Nov 4

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: Redmond and Ellerby working as a pair for #nhljets. Upgrade over Pardy and Chiarot? Yup. 10:29 am on Nov 4

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: Mike Babcock in shorts and a hoodie just climbed into stands to watch #nhljets morning skate 10:24 am on Nov 4

History

Updated on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 7:46 PM CST: end of first period

8:17 PM: Red Wings score

8:24 PM: Red Wings score shorthanded goal

8:37 PM: Jets tie it up

8:43 PM: 2-2 after 2

9:09 PM: adds Jets goal in third period

9:21 PM: Jets make it 4-2

9:41 PM: jets win 4-2

10:05 PM: switches to Canadian Press game story

11:02 PM: Replaces CP game story with Tim Campbell gamer

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