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Red Wings rout Jets

Dec 11, 2011 - 5:13 AM
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Jiri Hudler tallied twice as the Detroit Red Wings used six goal scorers to take a dominating 7-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.

Todd Bertuzzi, Henrik Zetterberg, Valtteri Filppula and Drew Miller each added a goal and an assist, while Chris Conner notched the other goal in the Red Wings' season-high offensive output.

Jimmy Howard made 29 saves in Detroit's ninth win in 11 games.

"We think we have a good hockey club. We think we are a team that's getting better and if you keep getting better you have a chance," Detroit head coach Mike Babcock said.

Bryan Little scored the lone goal for Winnipeg, which had its season-long win streak snapped at four games.

Ondrej Pavelec started in net for the Jets and allowed seven goals on 26 shots before getting pulled early in the third period. Chris Mason stopped all three shots he saw in relief.

Winnipeg jumped out to a quick lead when Little raced into the offensive zone down the left side and slipped a backhander through the legs of Howard just 35 seconds into the game.

But Detroit put in the equalizer at the 6:47 mark of the first when Johan Franzen missed a long outlet pass, but beat out the icing call before feeding a pass out front to Bertuzzi, who stuffed it home.

The Red Wings then took the lead with 5:04 left in the first on a Zetterberg one-timer from the top of the left circle off a Filppula drop pass that beat Pavelec to the glove side.

An offensive explosion in the second period resulted in the Red Wings scoring four goals to put the game out of reach.

Hudler netted a snap shot 4:03 into the period and Conner added another goal 40 seconds later when he sent a puck towards the net that deflected in off the back of Jets defenseman Randy Jones' skate.

A hard wrister by Filppula from the left circle just before the midpoint of the frame extended the lead before Miller gave Detroit a 6-1 advantage after two periods by putting back a rebound.

A Jets turnover deep inside their own zone early in the third period finalized the scoring for Hudler and ended Pavelec's night in net.

Game Notes

Winnipeg's Eric Fehr missed his fifth straight game with a shoulder injury...Little's goal in the first period was the first goal Detroit has allowed in the opening frame in 10 games...Franzen and Pavel Datsyuk each had two assists.