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.