WINNIPEG – Tomas Tatar started and finished the Red Wings comeback in a 4-3 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.
Tatar’s second-period goal started the Red Wings on their way to erasing a 2-0 Winnipeg lead. Tatar finished his performance with the game-winning goal with 4:50 left when he buried a shot past Winnipeg goaltender Ondrej Pavelec.
Tatar, who also had an assist, has a four-game point streak (four goals, two assists). The 23-year-old left wing has seven goals in his past 10 games after starting the season with one goal in his first nine games. Johan Franzen and Justin Abdelkader scored for the Red Wings in breaking two Winnipeg leads.
Dustin Byfuglien, Adam Lowry and Mathieu Perreault scored for the Jets.
Pavelec made 23 saves. It was Pavelec’s first start since being pulled after allowing three first-period goals in a 4-3 shootout loss at the Minnesota Wild this past Sunday.
After the teams played a scoreless first period, Byfuglien broke a 14-game goalless streak 2:15 into the second period. Evander Kane worked the puck to the edge of Mrazek’s crease, where Byfuglien flicked the bouncing puck over the goaltender’s left shoulder. Byfuglien’s third goal was his first since Oct. 21.
Lowry broke his own 14-game goalless streak at 9:32 with his second goal of the season. As part of a newly assembled line with center Mark Scheifele and right wing Michael Frolik, Lowry broke loose from the Detroit defense in front of Mrazek and poked a bouncing puck into the net.
However, Detroit moved back to within a goal 30 seconds later. Tatar skated into the right circle and scored his seventh goal of the season on a low shot past Pavelec.
Detroit used its power play to tie the game 2-2. Franzen skated around Winnipeg defenseman Mark Stuart before beating Pavelec with his sixth goal of the season. Franzen has four goals in his past six games.
Perreault’s wrist shot from the bottom of the left circle put the Jets ahead by a goal with 3:48 left in the second period. Perreault had gone without a goal in his first 19 games this season before scoring Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils.
Abdelkader’s sixth goal of the season tied the game 3-3 when he jabbed a rebound under Pavelec with seven minutes left in regulation.
The Red Wings head to play the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Saturday. The Jets continue their homestand against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.