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Tatar’s 2 goals lift Red Wings to win over Jets

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Tomas Tatar scored two goals and added an assist as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 on Thursday night.

Justin Abdelkader had the tying goal and an assist for the Red Wings, and Johan Franzen scored his sixth of the season.

Dustin Byfuglien, Adam Lowry and Mathieu Perrault had goals for Winnipeg. Ondrej Pavelec made 23 saves.

Detroit rested Jimmy Howard after he was in net for the Red Wings’ 5-0 victory over Columbus on Tuesday. With backup Jonas Gustavsson out because of a dislocated shoulder, Petr Mrazek played in his 12th career game and first this season, and made 28 saves.

Detroit was without center Pavel Datsyuk (groin) for a second straight game.

Tatar scored the winning goal at 15:10 of the third period when he one-timed a pass from Abdelkader.

Abdelkader had tied it 3-3 with seven minutes left after he appeared to tip in Brian Lashoff’s long shot that Pavelec might have pushed in.

The Jets built a 2-0 lead after a scoreless first period.

Byfuglien ended his 14-game goal drought off a nifty setup by Evander Kane. Kane was at the side of the net and sent a between-the-legs backhand pass that Byfuglien used to score his third of the season at 2:15 of the second.

Rookie Adam Lowry scored his second goal off a rebound at 9:32.

The Red Wings didn’t get their first shot in the second period until almost 11 minutes in, but they quickly made up for it.

Just 30 seconds after Lowry’s goal, Tatar took advantage of defenseman Toby Enstrom’s turnover, intercepting his pass and beating Pavelec with a high shot to make it 2-1.

Then with Enstrom in the penalty box for tripping, Franzen scored his sixth when he went around falling defenseman Mark Stuart and fired in the tying goal at 12:52.

Perrault, who assisted on Byfuglien’s goal, put the Jets ahead 3-2 with just under four minutes left in the second.

Perrault took a pass from Jacob Trouba around Winnipeg’s blue line and skated down the boards. He took a shot, got his rebound, went behind the net, and then spun around at the side and beat Mrazek at 16:12.

NOTES: Winnipeg, which beat New Jersey on Tuesday, will finish a three-game homestand Sunday against St. Louis. … Detroit will travels to Toronto for a game on Saturday.

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