According to Detroit Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde, these are the kind of games his team can’t afford to play if they have victory in mind. And yet, it’s how the team has posted three of their last four victories.
A 7-5 victory over the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena saw the Red Wings nearly squander 3-0 and 5-3 leads. Coupled with a 5-4 overtime win at Pittsburgh on December 28 in which Detroit was rallying from a 4-0 first-period deficit and a 7-4 home-ice over the Tampa Bay Lightning on December 21 and the club has won three times in recent weeks by outscoring the opposition.
Only a 4-2 verdict over the Ottawa Senators on New Year’s Eve fit into the compartment of the type of game Lalonde feels provides a formula for his team’s success.
No Red Wings Lead Was Feeling Safe
Instead of donning their rally caps, on this night not squandering advantages was on Detroit’s to-do list. Oh my how the Wings tried, though.
The Red Wings were up 3-0 in the first period and 4-1 in the second, only to see Winnipeg come storming back to make it 4-3. Former Detroit forward Sam Gagner was a Jets goal scorer in his first game against his old club.
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When captain Dylan Larkin made if 5-3 entering the third period, it brought a halt to the club’s 0-for-11 power-play slump.
Robby Fabbri scored in the third period, canceling out an earlier goal by Winnipeg’s Nikolaj Ehlers. Mark Scheifele’s late third-period power play goal Red Wings fans sweating again. Lucas Raymond’s empty-net goal closed out the scoring.
Seider Ties Club Mark
Dishing out four assists, Detroit defenseman Moritz Seider set a career high. He also etched his name in the club record book, earning a share of the mark for most assists in a game by a defenseman. Among many to do so, Mike Green (Octoer 5, 2017 vs. Minnesota) was the most recent prior to Seider.
Jake Walman opened the scoring for the second straight game. Rookie Jonatan Berggren netted his seventh of the season. Oskar Sundqvist also scored in the first period. Dominik Kubalik made it 4-1, with his 13th of the season but only his third in 15 games. Larkin’s tally was his team-leading 14th, while Fabbri scored for the second time in three games since returning from knee surgery.
Ville Husso (13-8-5) won for just the second time in nine starts. The Red Wings brought a halt to their three-game losing streak and Winnipeg’s five game winning run.