Daniel Alfredsson added an insurance tally with 2:33 to play as
the Red Wings won for the third time in eight games (3-4-1) and
avenged a loss to Toronto in the Winter Classic on New Year's Day.
Jimmy Howard turned aside 31 shots and saw an apparent tying goal
midway through the third negated when it was ruled that Maple Leafs
forward Nazem Kadri used a distinct kicking motion to put the puck
in the net.
Defenseman Jake Gardiner and James van Riemsdyk scored for the Maple
Leafs, who lost for the third time in four games and closed out a
2-3-0 road trip. James Reimer made 28 saves in defeat.
Nyquist scored on a breakaway at 12:50 of the opening period after
Reimer denied his initial shot but knocked the put into his own net
with his stick. Nyquist used his speed again to double the advantage
with a wrist shot from the right faceoff dot at 2:06 of the third.
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Toronto cut the deficit in half just over six minutes later when
Gardiner collected a rebound off the end boards and tucked a
forehand around Howard. Alfredsson restored the two-goal advantage
late in the third, allowing Detroit to withstand van Riemsdyk's
tally with 1:13 to play.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Nyquist scored his 13th and 14th goals in the last 20
games to take over the team lead with 19. ... Red Wings D Jonathan
Ericsson suffered an upper-body injury in the second period and did
not return. ... With Red Wings F Justin Abdelkader suffering a
lower-body injury in Sunday's loss to Chicago, Detroit called up F
Landon Ferraro to make his NHL debut. Ferraro's father, Ray, played
his final game at Joe Louis Arena.
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