Tenacious Wings spoil Muzzin’s debut on Red Kelly night

Lucas Viveiros | Report

The Toronto Maple Leafs stumbled coming back from a long lay off, dropping a result to the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in overtime on Red Kelly night.

Newcomer Jake Muzzin skated in his Maple Leaf debut, and looked steady partnered up with Morgan Rielly throughout the contest.

Detroit clearly came in with a gameplay to frustrate the Leafs, not allowing them easy zone entry’s, as well as clogging up the neutral zone to withhold Toronto’s speed.

Following a scoreless first period, the Red Wings were able to grasp the opening tally nearly midway through the game. Speedy winger Gustav Nyquist would bang home the shot at the side of the net, lifting the puck over the sprawling glove hand of Frederik Andersen to put the Wings ahead 1-0 with 11:46 to play in the second.

Toronto had a miserable six shots up to this point, including multiple power-plays where they could not generate enough scoring chances.

But with 1:49 to play in the second, Toronto’s eleventh shot of the contest would find the back of the net, after Patrick Marleau put the puck right on the stick of Matthews who fired nearside to beat Jimmy Howard. Toronto would head into the third tied at one’s, even though Detroit had clearly been the harder working club through 40 minutes.

The Red Wings would be rewarded for their work with just over seven minutes to play in the third when they were given the man advantage off of a Marleau hooking penalty.

On the ensuing power-play, the Wings would get some great puck movement going to confuse Andersen, and Dylan Larkin would pound a one-timer home nearside to beat the Leaf goaltender, putting Detroit in front 2-1.

Luckily for Toronto with the goalie pulled, Auston Matthews would have the puck on his stick courtesy a bullet of a pass from Morgan Rielly, and Patrick Marleau would be in the right place at the right time to bury the tying goal to send this game to overtime.

Overtime would see a number of high quality chances exchanged, but the Red Wings would be the big winners of the evening, as unlikely hero Danny DeKeyser would be unmarked in front of the Leafs net and bang home a Gustav Nyquist pass to win the game for Detroit 3-2.

Revisit the game’s highlights below.

Next, the Maple Leafs will head on home to play in a back-to-back, as they welcome Sidney Crosby and the Penguins to Toronto with Jake Muzzin making his home debut for the blue and white.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00pm from Scotiabank Arena, and can be seen on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.

More news from the ice

  • Red Kelly’s number four was retired by the Wings after he played for the club between 1947-1960, he then went on to play for the Maple Leafs for the remainder of his career from 1960-1967
  • Toronto’s power-play was a measly 0-5 on the night
  • Jake Gardiner (back) and Andreas Johnsson (concussion) both returned to the lineup
  • Auston Matthews now has 16 points (10 goals, six assists) in 11 career games against the Red Wings

Out of town scoreboard

Friday, February 1

Chicago 7 Buffalo 3

Nashville 4 Florida 1

Tampa Bay 1 NY Islanders 0 (SO)

Ottawa 3 Pittsburgh 5

Calgary 3 Washington 4

Vegas 2 Carolina 5

Minnesota 1 Dallas 3

More coverage to follow. Image from Richmond Times Dispatch. 

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