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Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen tries to redirect a shot on Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec during the second period of an NHL game at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit Tuesday. The Jets won 3-2 with captain Andrew Ladd scoring the shootout winner. (PAUL SANCYA / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS )
Winnipeg Jets defenceman Adam Pardy (2) defends against Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar during the second period. (PAUL SANCYA / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec stops a shot from Detroit Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson during the second period. (PAUL SANCYA / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Detroit Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi fires a shot at Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec in the first period. (Julian H. Gonzalez / Tribune Media MCT)
Winnipeg Jets defenceman Adam Pardy levels Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm during the second period. (PAUL SANCYA / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Detroit Red Wings players congratulate Pavel Datsyuk after his first-period goal against Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec. (Julian H. Gonzalez / Tribune Media MCT)
Detroit Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi (right) hugs teammate Pavel Datsyuk after Datsyuk's first-period goal against the Winnipeg Jets. (Julian H. Gonzalez / Tribune Media MCT)
Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm pursues the puck in front of Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec during the first period. (Julian H. Gonzalez / Tribune Media MCT)
Detroit Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi puts a shot on Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec in the first period. (Julian H. Gonzalez / Tribune Media MCT)
Detroit Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader is grabbed from behind by Winnipeg Jets forward Olli Jokinen during the first period. (Julian H. Gonzalez / Tribune Media MCT)
Winnipeg Jets centre Mark Scheifele and Detroit Red Wings defenceman Jakub Kindl collide during the first period. (PAUL SANCYA / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Winnipeg Jets centre Bryan Little (18) celebrates his goal against the Detroit Red Wings with teammate Blake Wheeler in the first period. (PAUL SANCYA / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard stops a shot from Winnipeg Jets forward Chris Thorburn as Brian Lashoff defends in the first period. (PAUL SANCYA / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Winnipeg Jets centre Mark Scheifele is dumped by Detroit Red Wings defenceman Xavier Quellet in the first period. (PAUL SANCYA / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec is congratulated by teammate Evander Kane after the win against the Detroit Red Wings. (PAUL SANCYA / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk scores a goal on Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec as Jets forward James Wright tries to defend in the third period. (PAUL SANCYA / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec stops Detroit Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi's shootout attempt. (PAUL SANCYA / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd scores the deciding goal against Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard in the shootout goal, giving the Jets a 3-2 win. (PAUL SANCYA / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen tries to redirect a shot on Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec during the second period of an NHL game at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit Tuesday. The Jets won 3-2 with captain Andrew Ladd scoring the shootout winner. - (PAUL SANCYA / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS )
Winnipeg Jets defenceman Adam Pardy (2) defends against Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar during the second period. - (PAUL SANCYA / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec stops a shot from Detroit Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson during the second period. - (PAUL SANCYA / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Detroit Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi fires a shot at Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec in the first period. - (Julian H. Gonzalez / Tribune Media MCT)
Winnipeg Jets defenceman Adam Pardy levels Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm during the second period. - (PAUL SANCYA / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Detroit Red Wings players congratulate Pavel Datsyuk after his first-period goal against Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec. - (Julian H. Gonzalez / Tribune Media MCT)
Detroit Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi (right) hugs teammate Pavel Datsyuk after Datsyuk's first-period goal against the Winnipeg Jets. - (Julian H. Gonzalez / Tribune Media MCT)
Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm pursues the puck in front of Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec during the first period. - (Julian H. Gonzalez / Tribune Media MCT)
Detroit Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi puts a shot on Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec in the first period. - (Julian H. Gonzalez / Tribune Media MCT)
Detroit Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader is grabbed from behind by Winnipeg Jets forward Olli Jokinen during the first period. - (Julian H. Gonzalez / Tribune Media MCT)
Winnipeg Jets centre Mark Scheifele and Detroit Red Wings defenceman Jakub Kindl collide during the first period. - (PAUL SANCYA / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Winnipeg Jets centre Bryan Little (18) celebrates his goal against the Detroit Red Wings with teammate Blake Wheeler in the first period. - (PAUL SANCYA / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard stops a shot from Winnipeg Jets forward Chris Thorburn as Brian Lashoff defends in the first period. - (PAUL SANCYA / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Winnipeg Jets centre Mark Scheifele is dumped by Detroit Red Wings defenceman Xavier Quellet in the first period. - (PAUL SANCYA / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec is congratulated by teammate Evander Kane after the win against the Detroit Red Wings. - (PAUL SANCYA / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk scores a goal on Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec as Jets forward James Wright tries to defend in the third period. - (PAUL SANCYA / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec stops Detroit Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi's shootout attempt. - (PAUL SANCYA / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd scores the deciding goal against Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard in the shootout goal, giving the Jets a 3-2 win. - (PAUL SANCYA / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

DETROIT -- Remember how about 10 days ago, when the Winnipeg Jets were saddled with a woeful 5-8-2 record, and the general consensus was the club was going to need to put together a winning streak soon if they didn't want to risk this 2013-14 season slipping away?

Well, they've got one.

Winnipeg Jets centre Bryan Little (18) celebrates his first-period goal against the Detroit Red Wings with linemate Blake Wheeler.

PAUL SANCYA / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Winnipeg Jets centre Bryan Little (18) celebrates his first-period goal against the Detroit Red Wings with linemate Blake Wheeler.

A 3-2 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena Tuesday evening was Winnipeg's third in a row and fourth in their last five games -- not to mention their second straight shootout win.

The Jets made the very most of their limited chances in this one, getting goals from centre Bryan Little in the first period and defenceman Zach Bogosian in the third period to send the game to overtime despite being outshot by a whopping 43-21.

Overtime settled nothing, but the Jets once again showed off their knack for the shootout, with goals from Devin Setoguchi and Andrew Ladd, who scored the shootout winner for the second game in a row.

But it was the performance of Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec, who turned away 41 of 43 shots, and made it all possible for the heroics in the end.

"Pavelec really put his best foot forward to help us win this game," said Jets head coach Claude Noel. "Especially in the third I thought he was dynamic. He was really good and really helped us out."

Aw shucks, said Pavelec.

"I feel good right now," said Pavelec, who's been the Jets goaltender for all three of their most recent wins. "It's always hard to win, right? I just try to find a way to help the team and win as many games as I can."

Special teams getting ever less special

THE Jets were once again shut out on the power play, squandering both their opportunities to extend their drought to just one goal in their last 46 power-play opportunities.

That's bad, but perhaps almost as worrying has become the play of their penalty-killing unit, which was among the league-best -- 11th coming into Tuesday night -- but has also now surrendered four goals in the last two games.

After yielding two power-play goals on six opportunities to the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, the Jets gave up two to Pavel Datsyuk on four opportunities.

Shooting blanks

AFTER averaging 37.5 shots during their previous four games, the Jets mustered just 21 against a stifling Red Wings team that had the Jets running around their own zone most of the night.

To put that in context -- the Jets bombarded the Red Wings with 47 shots barely a week ago in a 4-2 win at the MTS Centre Nov. 4.

"The game turned really defensive and both teams were testing each other's patience and seeing who was going to make the first mistake," said Little, who notched his team-leading 11th goal of the season in the first period.

Kane still stymied

THE Jets don't have many natural goal-scorers, but winger Evander Kane is supposed to be one of them.

And yet with another 0-fer performance, Kane has now gone six games without a goal.

While he's continuing to get lots of shots -- he led the Jets with 72 shots coming into the game -- most of them are of the low-quality variety and of little threat. And a high-sticking penalty by Kane late in the third period also led to the tying goal by Detroit.

Kane's last goal came Oct. 26 in a win over Dallas.

 

Up next

THE Jets will take their only three-game winning streak of 2013 into their game Friday night at the MTS Centre against the Philadelphia Flyers.

paul.wiecek@freepress.mb.ca Twitter: @PaulWiecek

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 13, 2013 C1

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