Who the fuck stuck a dyno charge up the leaf’s ass, three in a row, seriously?
- Wins: 19
- losses: 21
- shootout wins: 3
- shootout losses: 2
- points: 41
Leafs overcome Wings’ rally in 4-3 win
Saturday, 01.07.2012 / 10:12 PM
TORONTO — Jonas Gustavsson stood tall, turning away 37 shots, as the Toronto Maple Leafs won their third game in a row with a 4-3 victory against the Detroit Red Wings at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday night.
With fans from both clubs in attendance, the crowd was lively from the drop of the puck, and especially in the final tense moments.
Joffrey Lupul scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 7:10 of the third period, beating a surprised Jimmy Howard after taking advantage of a Wings’ turnover from behind the net.
The Wings almost tied the game 4-4 in the final minute with the extra attacker, when Pavel Datsyuk set up Johan Franzen, but Gustavsson stoned him to preserve the slim one-goal lead.
Detroit evened the score 3-3 early in the third, when Jiri Hudler was left alone in front to bury a Brad Stuart rebound. The goal brought the Wings all the way back from a 3-0 deficit after 20 minutes of play.
The Red Wings controlled the play in the second, holding Toronto to just two shots while peppering Gustavsson with 14 and scoring the only two goals of period, cutting the Leafs’ lead to 3-2 after 40 minutes.
The Wings got on the board at 6:46 of the second period, when Todd Bertuzzi scored his sixth of the season as he tipped Pavel Datsyuk’s shot past Gustavsson. Following an argument from the Leafs that Bertuzzi had scored with a high stick, replays concluded that wasn’t the case.
The Detroit fans in attendance almost had more to cheer about at the midpoint of the period. Once again, it was Bertuzzi making noise, this time bearing down on Gustavsson after being set up with a nice pass from the side boards. However, Gustavsson was able to elongate his body, sliding out from his crease, preventing the chance and causing Bertuzzi to go crashing over top of him.
Detroit would finally pull within one when Niklas Kronwall took matters into his own hands with less than five minutes remaining. In a great individual effort, the Wings’ blueliner — who will turn 31 in five days — took a neat pass from Franzen a few feet inside Toronto’s blue line and then swooped from the outside in towards Gustavsson, outmuscling both Dion Phaneuf and Keith Aulie to the crease before shoveling in his ninth goal of the season at 15:49.
Phil Kessel opened the scoring on a penalty shot less than five minutes in, going high on the forehand past a sprawled-out Howard. He was awarded the shot after being hooked by Ian White on a breakaway which was set up by a brilliant pass through the neutral zone from Tim Connolly.
In a game which featured clubs in the top 10 in power-play percentage, it was Toronto’s third-ranked power play that struck first. With Henrik Zetterberg in the box for holding the stick, Dion Phaneuf intercepted a Wings’ clearing attempt and fired a shot past Howard for his seventh goal of the season at 8:19.
David Steckel potted his seventh of the season via the backhand to make it 3-0 at 11:36, prompting Wings coach Mike Babcock to call a timeout.