Kindl Scores in Overtime to Lift Red Wings over Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs scored late in regulation to force overtime on Friday but defenseman Jakub Kindl scored in the extra frame to give the Detroit Red Wings the win, 2-1.

Kindl went end-to-end, blowing past all three Toronto defenders and breaking on on goalie James Reimer, then lifting a shot over Reimer’s shoulder to seal the victory.

Kindl’s goal came just after Detroit forward Gustav Nyquist failed to stuff the puck into a seemingly-open net.

The victory was Detroit’s third in a row, marking just the second time in the season that they have been able to string together three consecutive wins.

Captain Henrik Zetterberg opened the game’s scoring for the Red Wings. With 3:39 left in the first period, Zetterberg flung a shot from the blue line at Reimer. Somehow the puck trickled through and across the goal like for Zetterberg’s 300th career goal.

With 1:02 left in regulation, Dion Phaneuf tied things up when the Leafs got a fluky goal of their own. Phaneuf sent the puck into Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek‘s crease and it fluttered through the air, where Mrazek inadvertently knocked it into his own net off the knob of his stick.

Mrazek finished the night with 32 saves on 33 shots. Reimer stopped 22 of 25 chances.

Neither team scored a power play goal in the game. Detroit had three tries with the extra attacker to Toronto’s four.

The Red Wings are back in action on Sunday when they host the Dallas Stars.


Detroit forward Landon Ferraro left the game in the first period after a lower-body injury.

Abdelkader, Larkin Lead Red Wings Past Maple Leafs on Opening Night

Justin Abdelkader scored a hat trick and rookie Dylan Larkin added his first career NHL goal as the Detroit Red Wings breezed to a 4-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night.

The win was the first for new Detroit head coach Jeff Blashill, opening the season with a victory over former head coach Mike Babcock, who left for Toronto in the offseason.

Goalie Jimmy Howard earned the shutout for the Red Wings, stopping all 22 shots he faced.

Abdelkader opened the scoring just 1:15 into the game. On a Detroit power play, Henrik Zetterberg fed Johan Franzen for a shot from the right faceoff circle that careened off the far post. The puck bounced off the back of goalie Jonathan Bernier‘s leg and towards the goal, with Abdelkader jumping in to knock it across the goal line.

At 8:20 of the period, Larkin won a battle for the puck in the right-wing corner and send a pass to Abdekader in the slot for a quick shot past Bernier and a 2-0 lead.

The rookie’s goal came just 20 seconds into the second period. Larkin raced down the left wing past Toronto’s Nazem Kadri and snapped a shot from the bottom of the faceoff circle into the top of the near-side corner of the net, over Bernier’s shoulder.

Abdelkader completed the hat trick against James Reimer, who replaced Bernier after Larkin’s goal. At 3:54 of the middle frame, Abdelkader and Larkin raced into the Toronto end after a turnover in the neutral zone. Abdelkader held onto the puck down the right side and snapped a shot from the inside edge of the faceoff circle past Reimer for a 4-0 lead.

Reimer finished the night with 12 saves on 13 shots. Bernier stopped six of the nine shots he faced.

Detroit went 1-for-4 on the power play while Toronto was scoreless on three chances with the extra attacker.

The Red Wings are right back in action on Saturday night, visiting the Carolina Hurricanes.


Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, and Danny DeKeyser all started the season on injured reserve for the Red Wings… Joakim Andersson, Tomas Jurco, and Alexey Marchenko were healthy scratches… Larkin is the first teenager to score in his debut for the Red Wings since Steve Yzerman.

Red Wings Fall to Leafs in Shootout

The Detroit Red Wings dropped a 2-1 shootout decision to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

Tyler Bozak and Mike Santorelli scored on Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard while Pavel Datsyuk beat James Reimer. Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar for the Red Wings and Joffrey Lupul of the Maple Leafs failed to score.

Reimer stopped 41 of 42 Detroit shots to get the Maple Leafs into the shootout. Howard needed to make only 18 saves on 19 shots.

Nyquist opened the game’s scoring with 2:08 left in the middle period, spinning to beat Reimer on the backhand from right in front.

Phil Kessel tied things back up at 5:09 of the third. On a break with James van Riemsdyk, Kessel drove to the net and tipped a pass by Howard.

The two teams will meet again on Saturday in Toronto. The Red Wings face the Florida Panthers on Friday.

Franzen Scores Two, Leaves Game, as Red Wings Down Leafs

Detroit’s Johan Franzen scores two goals on Friday night before leaving the game with leg spasms, and his teammates added two more as the Red Wings rolled to a 4-1 win over the host Toronto Maple Leafs.

Henrik Zetterberg assisted on all four goals, rebounding from a bad game against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.

Franzen opened the game’s scoring at the midway point of the first period. Zetterberg forced a turnover behind the Toronto net by defenseman Roman Polak, then carried the puck into the right wing corner, where he spun and sent a pass to Franzen at the edge of the crease to bat past goalie James Reimer.

At 5:42 of the second period, Zetterberg corralled the puck after it flipped through the air and cut from the left faceoff circle to the net. He couldn’t get a shot off, but he dropped a no-look pass to Franzen who lifted a shot over the sprawling Reimer.

Franzen crashed heavily into the boards on the play. He would continue for several more shifts before leaving the game with roughly four minutes remaining in the period

Gustav Nyquist made it 3-0 with his fourth goal in as many games. Zetterberg again collected a loose puck in the left circle and looped through it, waiting for a streaking Nyquist to get into the slot and take a pass, kicking it from his skate to his stick and firing a shot past Reimer with 1:44 remaining.

Toronto’s Mike Santorelli made it 3-1 just 21 seconds into the third period. On a three-on-two break, Santorelli drove to the net to take a pass from Leo Komarov and flick a shot past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

The Red Wings restored their lead at 5:51 of the period, when Nyquist threaded a pass from the bottom of the right circle to Justin Abdelkader at the top of the crease for a tip past Reimer.

Reimer finished the night with 31 saves on 35 shots against while Howard stopped 23 of 24 chances.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night. The Red Wings had five chances with the extra attacker to the Maple Leafs’ two.

The two teams will meet again on Saturday night in Detroit.

TGTW: Red Wings Earn 3-1 Win over Maple Leafs in Winter Classic

The Games That Weren’t is one of many projects simulating the games lost by the NHL lockout. In the absence of actual games to write about, I’ll be checking in periodically on the fictional Red Wings’ season.

It was a cold, sunny day in Ann Arbor Tuesday afternoon, great weather for the Detroit Red Wings to host the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2013 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium. The sixth iteration of the NHL’s annual outdoor event made the Wings the first team in league history to go 2-0 outdoors, adding to their 2009 win in Chicago with a 3-1 victory over the Leafs.

The Red Wings came into the game reeling, having dropped out of first place in the Central Division with a pair of road losses in the week after Christmas. The Maple Leafs were even further down, three points out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture despite a shootout win in Ottawa on Friday, where Detroit would lose on Saturday night.

The game would start out chippy and remain physical throughout. Dion Phaneuf and Mikael Samuelsson got tangled up just 13 seconds in, with Phaneuf being sent off for high sticking and Samuelsson for unsportsmanlike conduct. At 3:25, Mike Komisarek was caught elbowing Pavel Datsyuk in the ribs and at 6:43 Johan Franzen added another unsportsmanlike conduct minor.

Franzen’s penalty would lead to the game’s first goal, scored as he exited the penalty box thanks to a tic-tac-toe passing play by Valtteri Filppula and Datsyuk

Datsyuk sent the puck to Filppula on the left wing to gain the Toronto zone, then jumped into the high slot around defender John-Michael Liles to get the puck back before sending it back to the still-moving Filppula. With Liles shifting to Filppula and Mike Komisarek moving to cover Datsyuk, Franzen came out of the penalty box and drove down the right wing, cutting to the side of the crease just in time to take a pass from Filppula and roof it over Toronto netminder James Reimer.

The Red Wings carried the play for much of the opening period but after Henrik Zetterberg went off for charging Phaneuf with with 4:44 left in the period, Toronto picked up the pace. Detroit killed the penalty but the Leafs kept the pressure up and were rewarded for it with 1:29 left, when Wings’ goalie Jimmy Howard stopped a blue line blast from Phaneuf but seemingly got lost in the goalmouth scramble for the rebound, with James van Riemsdyk finding the puck and poking it into the net to tie things up.

Detroit regained the lead on a great individual play by Samuelsson at 4:26 of the second period. Samuelsson – often blamed for Detroit’s offensive woes dispite having twelve goals on the season – poked the puck away from Clarke MacArthur at the Toronto blue line, stepped unchallenged into the high slot, and rifled a shot over Reimer’s glove.

The physicality would resume late in the middle period with Detroit defenseman Jakub Kindl boarding Toronto’s Tim Connolly, then Nikolai Kulemin roughing Kindl up a few shifts later. To start the third, Matt Frattin and Daniel Cleary went off for high-sticking and charging, respectively, at 4:43.

Kindl and Cleary would appear on the scoresheet again midway through the final period, combining to put the game out of reach for the Maple Leafs. After a shot from the left point by Kindl was blocked in front, Drew Miller poked the loose puck from the top of the crease to Cleary in the slot. Cleary shuffled it back to Kindl for another drive that found its way through Miller’s screen and past Reimer to make it 3-1 with 9:09 left.

Down by two and running out of time, Toronto’s patience disappeared. van Riemsdyk tried to start a fight with Cleary with 6:06 remaining, resulting in a roughing call to the Maple Leafs forward. Frattin went off for a second high-sticking double minor with 53 seconds left after getting his stick under Carlo Colaiacovo‘s visor. With just two seconds left, Tyler Bozak went off after catching Justin Abdelkader in the nose with his stick.

With the late penalties, the Red Wings finished the afternoon scoreless on seven power play tries. The Maple Leafs did not score on their three attempts with the extra skater.

Howard made 18 saves on 19 shots. Reimer stopped 22 of the 25 shots he faced.


The announced attendance of 113,411 would be a new world record for attendance at a hockey game. It is the same announced attendance as the 2010 “Big Chill at the Big House,” which was later certified as only 104,173. The official attendance will be announced at a later date.

Red Wings Lose Howard in 4-2 Win over Maple Leafs

The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 Saturday night but lost starting goaltender Jimmy Howard in the process, as he suffered a shoulder injury early in the third period.

With the Red Wings leading 2-1, Joffrey Lupul drove to the net and bumped Howard, then fell on top of him and swept the rebound of a Phil Kessel shot into the net. Howard could not continue after the play and was replaced between the pipes by Joey MacDonald.

Jiri Hudler would put Detroit back in front just 38 seconds later, slapping a shot from the left faceoff circle past Toronto netminder James Reimer.

Todd Bertuzzi rounded out the game’s scoring with an empty net goal in the final minute.

Henrik Zetterberg had opened the game’s scoring 5:05 in, swatting a backhand rebound chance under Reimer with the Red Wings on a power play.

Nazem Kadri made it 1-1 with 2:04 left in the first, snapping a shot from the right faceoff circle through a Darryl Boyce screen and past Howard on the short side.

Tomas Holmstrom gave the Red Wings a second lead at 9:17 of the second period, deflecting a Niklas Kronwall shot from the blue line past Reimer on another Detroit power play.

The Wings finished the night two-for-two with the man advantage while the Leafs were scoreless on four power play attempts.

Howard stopped 15 of 17 shots before his injury. MacDonald stoped all seven shots he faced in picking up the win while Reimer made 25 saves on 28 shots.

The win puts the Red Wings at 1-1-1 in their current five-game homestand. They next host the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.


Detroit was without forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen due to injury. Ruslan Salei was a healthy scratch on defense… Red Wings general manager Ken Holland later said that Howard’s injury “doesn’t appear to be anything significant.” With normal backup goalie Chris Osgood on long-term IR recovering from a sports hernia, Detroit is expected to call up either Thomas McCollum or Jordan Pearce to back up MacDonald on Monday.