Red Wings defeat Leafs 3-2, leapfrog Bruins for third spot in the Atlantic

26 SOG 34
1/3 POWER PLAY 0/3
17 HITS 14

1st Period

It took half of the period before any scoring to get underway. Both teams feeling each other out until Brad Richards put the good guys on the scoreboard first on the power play with a great wrist shot. Jake Gardiner was the Maple Leaf that was in the box when Richards scored for the Wings. Mike Green gave Detroit their second goal of the game with a great point shot through traffic.

2nd Period

Early in the second, both teams traded great scoring chances. Luke Glendening had the chance for the Wings, but no luck with putting it in the back of the net. The Leafs’ attempt found the back of the net courtesy of Colin Greening after William Nylander seemed to skate around all of the Wings that were on the ice in their own zone. Nazem Kadri headed to the box for a cheap cross-check on Glendening after the two seemed to scuffle a little next to the Maple Leafs’ goal. The man advantage was short-lived as Green headed to the box for the Red Wings after he hooked Brooks Laich who was on his way down ice with a breakaway opportunity. No damage done by the Leafs on their man advantage. The infractions seemed to keep coming as Jonathan Ericsson headed to the box for holding. The penalty kill came through again and kept the good guys up by one goal. The Wings had another opportunity on the power play late in the second, but no damage was done.

3rd Period

Early in the third, Darren Helm entered the offensive zone, the puck went off Helmer’s stick after an attempted deke, but went right back to Kyle Quincey who ripped a slap shot past Garret Sparks to put the Red Wings up by two goals. Ericsson and P.A. Parenteau got offsetting minors. No damage done by either team during 4-on-4 play. Gustav Nyquist went to the box for tripping, but Detroit killed off the penalty and kept their two-goal lead intact. The Leafs pulled their goalie with about three minutes to play for an extra skater. Jimmy Howard made a couple great saves with the extra skater on the ice, but with about a minute left in regulation, Toronto got within one goal of tying the Wings. Another ensuing onslaught from the Maple Leafs to try and strike even, but Detroit hung on to come away with the 3-2 win and another big 2 points.

What’s next?

The Wings will be off until Wednesday when they will square off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Joe Louis Arena in a game with major playoff implications.

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