The Detroit Red Wings wrapped up their preseason schedule on Saturday night, defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-1.
It was the second win in as many nights for Detroit over Toronto, as the Red Wings earned a 4-2 victory over the Maple Leafs at home on Friday night. The Wings finished the exhibition season with a 6-0-2 record, going unbeaten in regulation.
Andreas Athanasiou opened the game’s scoring for the Red Wings with 6:10 left in the second period, splitting the Toronto defense as he raced a cross the blue line before snapping a shot past Leafs netminder Jonathan Bernier.
With 54 seconds left in the period, Athanasiou fed Anthony Mantha for a shot from the left faceoff circle over Bernier and into the top of the net, a power play goal.
The Leafs pulled to within one just 22 seconds into the third period. A Brad Boyes shot bounced off the post behind Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek, then came back out to Boyes, bounced off Mrazek’s pad, and went into the net.
Toronto would be unable to pull even.
Neither team scored in the mandatory three-on-three overtime session scheduled for after the conclusion of the game.
The Red Wings finished the night with one goal on three power play tries. Toronto did not score on two chances with the extra attacker.
Mrazek made 28 saves on 29 shots for Detroit while Bernier stopped 13 of 15 chances he faced for the Maple Leafs.
The two teams will meet again on Friday in Detroit for the Red Wings’ regular season opener.
With many of the Red Wings’ veterans out of the lineup, Detroit’s alternate captains were Kyle Quincey, Daniel Cleary, and Luke Glendening.