Winnipeg Jets center Bryan Little (18) high fives teammates after his goal during the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. (Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports)
DETROIT (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - Pavel Datsyuk dominated with the puck on one power play, then maneuvered it down low on another.
That got the Detroit Red Wings to two goals, but failure to convert in a shootout left them with a 3-2 loss Tuesday to the Winnipeg Jets and a six-game losing streak at Joe Louis Arena.
In the shootout, Datsyuk missed on a forehand. Devin Setoguchi scored on his forehand. Daniel Alfredsson scored in similar fashion. Andrew Ladd went in wide, and scored on Jimmy Howard. Todd Bertuzzi did his slow-paced sweep, unable to score.
The Wings had lost their previous two games in overtime, part of a down stretch that began last week when the Wings were shown up by the Jets on their home ice, outworked in every zone. Howard saw 47 shots that night; he hadn't even seen 20 when the third period end Tuesday.
Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg teamed up on Detroit's goal, which saw Datsyuk lift the puck high, and Datsyuk scored his ninth goal of the season in the third period, setting the puck in the paint as Winnipeg's goalie watched.
Johan Franzen returned to the lineup after being sidelined five of six games by an upper-body problem, bumping Daniel Cleary, as the Wings sought to generate offense outside their first line.
It was the first line that came through, on a power play, after the Jets had lessened some of the Wings' enthusiasm over a good start by scoring seven minutes into the game. Andrew Ladd set off an odd-man rush, tearing up the right side and finding Bryan Little for a one-timer in the left circle.
Having burned through one power play, the Wings converted on their second, scoring for the first time with the man advantage in four games. Niklas Kronwall collected the puck at the blue line and fed Zetterberg. While Bertuzzi distracted Ondrej Pavelec, Datsyuk lifted a shot high from the right circle.
Both goals were pretty, and were worth watching on replay in the second period - because nothing much really happened that stretch. The Wings had a chance here. The Jets, there. Howard did some work. Pavelec did some in his end. All in all, the period was bland.
Datsyuk nearly doubled up early in the third period while helping to kill off a penalty, weaving through defenders as he closed in on Pavelec. Then it went back to the give-an-go rhythm, up and down the ice. Pavelec had to make a good glove on Mikael Samuelsson, just as Joakim Andersson slid to the net angling for a rebound opportunity. The Wings had nearly doubled up on shots by midway through the third period.
The Jets made good on their second of the period, when Zach Bogosian was left unattended to get the puck in the slot, shift right and fire past a challenging Howard. The Wings went on a power play soon after, and got a two-man advantage with 49 seconds left in the first penalty. Datsyuk delivered again, scoring just after Niklas Kronwall had seen a shot go off the crossbar.
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