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Winnipeg 2, Detroit 1
When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, October 26, 2018
Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Referees: Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock
Linesmen: Scott Driscoll, James Tobias
Attendance: 19515

Dustin Byfuglien scored the game-winner with 6:45 remaining as the visiting Winnipeg Jets edged the struggling Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Friday.

Byfuglien scored his second goal of the season when he skated in along the right side and beat Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard with a shot that glanced off Howard's glove and fluttered just under the crossbar.

Brandon Tanev and Ben Chiarot were credited with assists on Byfuglien's tally. Kyle Connor had the other Jets goal with assists from Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele.

Laurent Brossoit made 27 saves for Winnipeg.

Andreas Athanasiou scored the lone Detroit goal with assists from Frans Nielsen and Dennis Cholowski. Howard made 38 saves but the Red Wings

have won just one of their first 10 games.

Detroit outshot Winnipeg 14-9 in the opening period and took a 1-0 lead.

The Wings applied steady pressure in the early going and broke through during a power play at the 15:27 mark.

Jacob Trouba was whistled for interference against Athanasiou to give Detroit a man advantage. Athanasiou scored the goal while Cholowski gave him a perfect feed from the point. Athanasiou ripped a slapshot from the right circle that beat Brossoit on the glove side.

Darren Helm nearly made it 2-0 later in the period when his blast banged off the post.

Winnipeg controlled the second period with a 21-4 shots advantage and it knotted the score at 1-all.

Early in the period, Athanasiou got off a shot similar to one he scored on but this time Brossoit made a pad save.

Howard made back-to-back stops against Bryan Little midway through the period. With four minutes left in the period, Howard robbed Little once again with a glove save on a point-blank shot.

Winnipeg received its third power-play opportunity of the period when Tyler Bertuzzi was called for hooking Little. Howard saved a Wheeler shot but Wheeler dug the puck out from behind the net and Connor shoveled in a backhander. Connor's fifth goal of the season came at the 16:14 mark.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Winnipeg   Detroit
Dustin Byfuglien 1 Points Andreas Athanasiou 1
Dustin Byfuglien 1 Goals Andreas Athanasiou 1
Ben Chiarot 1 Assists Dennis Cholowski 1
Kyle Connor 1 Power Play Goals Andreas Athanasiou 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Laurent Brossoit .964 Save Percentage Jimmy Howard .950
Laurent Brossoit 27 Saves Jimmy Howard 38
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Winnipeg 40 2 1-5 2-3 6 32
Detroit 28 1 1-3 4-5 10 26
Upcoming Games
  • Detroit will play their next game at home against Dallas. The Red Wings have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .125 after a loss.
  • Winnipeg will play their next game on the road against Toronto. The Jets have a W/L % of .333 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.