Tavares leads Maple Leafs over Red Wings | The Canadian News

TORONTO – John Tavares scored one goal and two assists, Petr Mrazek made 26 saves for his first win with Toronto and the Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 on Saturday night.

Jake Muzzin and Alexander Kerfoot, with one goal and one assist each, Mitch Marner and Michael Bunting provided the rest of the offense for Toronto (4-4-1).

Joe Veleno and Filip Zadina, with goal and one assist each, Vladislav Namestnikov and Filip Hronek answered for Detroit (4-3-2).

Thomas Greiss stopped 33 shots for the Red Wings, who were behind top scorer Tyler Bertuzzi because he refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and cannot travel to Canada without a 14-day quarantine.

Bunting snapped a 1-1 tie, and Toronto’s ugly 0-of-17 streak with the man lead in its last six games, when he redirected Jason Spezza’s pass home for his third goal of the season with 17.1 seconds left. in the second period in The First Night Leafs Power Play.

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Kerfoot then made it 3-1 just 17 seconds from third when he received a pass from Tavares and beat Greiss for his second.

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Detroit rallied to 1:19 later when Veleno received a pass from Michael Rasmussen and beat Mrazek for the first after Travis Dermott flipped the puck behind the Toronto net.

After the Leafs killed a penalty, Tavares scored his third on a Kerfoot pass at 2v1 to make it 4-2 at 7:47.

But the Red Wings responded at 10:11 when Namestnikov redirected his fourth after Veleno took the opening shot for the rookie’s first two-point game of his NHL career in his sixth game.

Then Marner put him out of reach with his first goal in 17 games dating back to last season after Greiss and Detroit defender Nick Leddy crossed their signals with 2:05 left.

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Hronek made it 5-4 in his first time with Greiss on the bench, but Toronto held on from there for their second straight win.

The Leafs have made a habit of slow starts in their middle start to the season, including falling 2-0 behind the Chicago Blackhawks without a win on Wednesday before rallying for a 3-2 overtime victory, but were fired from a early cannon against Detroit. .

Greiss, whose team was playing its third game in four nights after losing 2-1 to the Florida Panthers on Friday at home, held firm with a pair of nice saves as Toronto built an 8-2 shooting lead.

The Red Wings looked set to emerge unscathed from the first period, but Muzzin gave the Leafs a 1-0 lead with 13.4 seconds left when he received a pass from TJ Brodie and fired home his first of the season.

Mrazek, who made his first home start for Toronto since hurting his groin in Ottawa on Oct. 14, stopped Dylan Larkin with a good save six minutes into the second period.

Leafs winger Pierre Engvall sounded a shot off the post on a Detroit power play after intercepting a pass from rookie defender Moritz Seider and running into a break.

The Red Wings came back the other way, with Seider readying Zadina to rip her second past Mrazek’s glove at 8:19.

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Selected in the fifth round by Detroit in 2010 before playing 166 games for the organization over six seasons, Mrazek kept things on par with a good save over Michael Rasmussen before Bunting pushed Toronto forward late in the period.

Notes: Leafs defender Morgan Rielly signed an eight-year, $ 60 million contract extension on Friday that runs through the 2029-30 season. … Toronto blue line player Justin Holl, protected by the team in the Seattle expansion draft, was a healthy scratch. Timothy Liljegren took his place in the lineup.

This Canadian Press report was first published on October 30, 2021.


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