Maple Leafs ride four-goal first period to victory over Red Wings

Postado Outubro 19, 2017

If so, we got a very special father and son moment between Martin and second-year forward Mitch Marner before Toronto's game against Detroit on Wednesday night.

Detroit returns home to host the Washington Capitals tomorrow night. "I think as the season progresses I'd like to see us tighten us a bit but that comes with experience and games here". Thought it took us a bit to get going. Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Tatar and Jonathan Ericsson had the Detroit goals. When Howard let in his third goal on four shots, even though it was a beauty by Matthews, who drew Wings defenceman Trevor Daley toward him with a stutter step and then used him as a screen and fired the puck between his legs, he was done for the night.

Jimmy Howard gave up three goals on four shots before getting yanked in favour of Petr Mrazek late in the first period.

Even Detroit coach Jeff Blashill had to acknowledge that for the most part, the Wings have been playing the way they want to this week.

Babcock: I don't really know.

The 21-year-old Kempe scored the go-ahead goal on a 2-on-1 breakaway for the Kings at 7:34 in the third period.

"I felt like it felt the same way as against Tampa", Tatar said. We're off 2-0 in our second segment. "He's always ready and I think when you look at the way he played at the end of past year you know we have all the reasons in the world to have confidence in him".

Leafs take a while to register first shot on net, but make first two count to take early lead.

Matthews chased Howard from the Wings net with 4:14 to play in the first, snapping a shot past him from nearly the exact same spot Kadri did to open the scoring.

Before the first intermission the Leafs would add two more goals as Auston Matthews and Connor Brown would score 40 seconds apart to make it 4-1.

Tatar cut into Toronto's lead 7:02 into the second period when he put in a rebound off his own shot that McElhinney initially kicked into a unsafe area. I just know he's a good player.

Toronto wasn't especially engaged defensively on either play, and although Ericsson's marker was initially called goaltender interference, the Wings challenged the play and had the call reversed. We got careless at times, but it was still a good win.

Toronto's offence has quickly established itself as one of the most potent in the National Hockey League, and the first period - in which the Leafs scored on four of five total shots - was another indication of how risky they are with the puck.

"There's a little rust on my end, that's for sure, but it sure did feel nice to get in there", said McElhinney. "Obviously, the (offensive) support early on helps and goes a long way".

"It's definitely gone by quick, but it has been enjoyable and I'm happy to get as far as I have", Marleau said.