Byfuglien scores winner as Jets start road trip with 2-1 win over Wings

Far from their best, the Winnipeg Jets found a way to get the job done once again.

Outplayed and outscored in the opening period by the NHL’s basement-dwelling Detroit Red Wings, the Jets discovered another gear and stormed back for a 2-1 victory Friday night at Little Caesars Arena.

Dustin Byfuglien broke a tie with 6:45 left in the final frame as his shot bounced off Detroit’s Jimmy Howard, up in the air and just over the goal line.

Winnipeg improves to 7-3-1, while Detroit falls to 1-7-2.

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Far from their best, the Winnipeg Jets found a way to get the job done once again.

Outplayed and outscored in the opening period by the NHL’s basement-dwelling Detroit Red Wings, the Jets discovered another gear and stormed back for a 2-1 victory Friday night at Little Caesars Arena.

Winnipeg Jets right wing Blake Wheeler (26) shoots the puck into the corner against Detroit Red Wings center Darren Helm (43) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

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Winnipeg Jets right wing Blake Wheeler (26) shoots the puck into the corner against Detroit Red Wings center Darren Helm (43) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Dustin Byfuglien broke a tie with 6:45 left in the final frame as his shot bounced off Detroit’s Jimmy Howard, up in the air and just over the goal line.

Winnipeg improves to 7-3-1, while Detroit falls to 1-7-2.

Laurent Brossoit improved his personal record to 3-0-0 by making 27 saves.

Detroit’s Andreas Anthanasiou opened the scoring in the first period on the power play as Detroit looked a step faster out of the gate. They also hit two posts, so things could have been even worse if not for a bit of luck.

But the Jets poured it on in the second period as Kyle Connor tied the game on the power play after being set up by Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele. It was the fifth of the year for Connor.

Winnipeg outshot Detroit 21-4 in that period and carried the momentum forward, finally getting rewarded with Byfuglien’s second of the year late in the game. Ben Chiarot and Brandon Tanev had the assists.

Winnipeg continues the road trip Saturday night in Toronto before heading to Finland for a pair of games next week against the Florida Panthers.

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