Detroit Red Wings Dominate Maple Leafs In Toronto


Detroit Red Wings 4  –   Toronto Maple Leafs 1

The Detroit Red Wings skated into Toronto wondering when their offense was going to show up.  The skated out with a 4-1 win and a few of those offensive questions answered.

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The Red Wings got offensive production from up and down the line-up.  Johan Franzen made an appearance scoring his first two goals of the season before leaving the game with a lower body injury.  Both Franzen goals were assisted by Henrik Zetterberg but the Red Wings captain wasn’t picky. He also helped Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist score goals of their own with assists.

High Confidence

The Red Wings younger players are skating with a high confidence level right now.  Nyquist and Abldekader weren’t the only young guns to give the Maple Leafs fits tonight. Although they didn’t score, Tomas Jurco, Luke Glendening and Tomas Tatar kept the pressure on the Maple Leafs all night.  The 4th liners kept the puck in the Maple Leafs zone and that pressure was a key factor in wearing down the Toronto defense.

Captain Assist

Henrik Zetterberg turned  in his best game of the season accounting for 4 points on 4 assists in Friday nights game in Toronto.  Zetterberg looked like the player of three years ago.  A great sign after the performance against Boston on Wednesday night.

Jimmy Howard

Jimmy Howard was on his game tonight. The Red Wings franchise goaltender allowed only one goal on 24 shots.  The goal he did allow was caused by a breakaway after the defense fell asleep in the in the first minute of the third period.

Mixed Bag

The Red Wings special teams was a case of good news and bad news.  The penalty kill was perfect, stone walling the Leafs on both power play chances.  The Red Wings power play unit failed to score a goal in five chances but were efficient in applying pressure in the Maple Leafs zone.

Homeward Bound

The Red Wings will host the Maple Leafs in the second game of their home and home series on Saturday Night at the Joe Louis Arena.  The puck drops at 7:00pm and you can catch the game on Fox Sports Detroit.