Wings Fall Thanks To Leafs Quick Start

The Detroit Red Wings were defeated by the Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 4-3 this evening at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. 

The Leafs got on the board first when Phil Kessel was hooked on a breakaway (but still got the shot off) and capitalized on the controversial penalty shot. 2 more goals from Dion Phaneuf and David Steckel gave the Leafs a 3-0 lead after just 20 minutes. The Wings weren't looking too good, and the score reflected that. 

The second period however, was a different story. The Wings came out absolutely flying, looking like Babcock gave them an earful between periods, which we can all assume he did. A deflection by Bertuzzi and a drive to the net by Kronwall made the score 3-2 after 40 minutes of play. A period which was totally dominated by the men wearing the winged wheel. 

The third period started the same way the second ended, with the Wings flying. A goal by Jiri Hudler just 4:32 in tied the game at 3. However that lead wouldn't last long, as Joffrey Lupul got his 19th goal of the year to go up 4-3 with 12:50 remaining. From there the game seemed to change. The Wings had opportunities, but didn't look like they did in the second and early third. The Leafs ended up holding on for the 4-3 victory. 

The Red Wings currently sit third in the Central Divison, two points behind the surprising Blues, and a point behind the Blackhawks, who the Wings face tomorrow. The Wings have a game in hand on both teams. Puck drop tomorrow is 7:30 EST, 4:30 PST at the United Centre. 

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Tyler Ferris. 


Rachel Bellono's picture

Good recap, but rough game huh? I didn't get to watch it, but it sounded like our Wings weren't doing their jobs. And another penalty shot? Maybe Howard should get better at those...