The Red Wings took on the Winnipeg jets last night, looking to avoid a 3rd 4-game losing streak this season.
Things were not looking good after Marco Dano and Tyler Myers each lit the lamp to put Detroit in a 2-0 hole at the end of the first. The Wings answered back in the second period with 2 goals of their own. Dylan Larkin scored the first off a pass from Abdelkader at the 6:40 mark. It was Larkin's 20th goal of the season, making the 19-year-old the 16th rookie in Red Wings franchise to reach that mark. The last Red Wing rookie to have 20 goals? Henrik Zetterberg.
Jonathan Ericsson tied the game with 7-minutes left in the 2nd, after his shot deflected off the skate of Paul Postma and into the net. It was the first goal by a Detroit Defensemen in 11 Games. With the game tied in the 3rd, Tomas Tatar intercepted a pass behind the net and passed the puck to Justin Abdelkader in the slot. Abdelkader put the puck past Jets' Goalie, Hutchinson for the go-ahead score with four minutes left in the game. The score would hold from there and the Wings gained 2 very important points.
Abdelkader spoke after the game:
"That's a huge game for us, a huge win," "Obviously we know what's at stake, so those are two big points. It's nice not to have to push that to overtime and shootout because sometimes that's a flip of the coin.
"To win in regulation and to get this win, especially after being down 2-0 shows the character in this room, and we have a lot of fight in here."
The win keeps the Wings in the number 1 wild card spot in the east with 15-games to play. Detroit takes on the New York Rangers at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday.