Red Wings drop game to Maple Leafs

Red Wings drop game to Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs may have their shaky moments but they keep passing the tests. Sixty years ago this week was Gordie Howe's first National Hockey League game in Detroit's opener and he scored his first on Toronto's Turk Broda in a 3-3 tie at Olympia Stadium. But a young team that lost in six games to the Capitals in last year's playoffs will take victories in tight games however they can get them. "We didn't get any points last game".

Before the first intermission the Leafs would add two more goals as Auston Matthews and Connor Brown would score 40 seconds apart to make it 4-1. Mike Green has one goal and eight assists to lead the offense while both Henrik Zetterberg and Anthony Mantha each have three goals and four assists. The front man for The Tragically Hip had a strong connection with the Leafs, thanks to his song Fifty-Mission Cap, which celebrated Leafs defenceman Bill Barilko.

They haven't played all that badly, and they have nothing to show for it, which would lead a person to suggest that maybe this team isn't as good as their 4-1 record entering the week suggested.

But when asked if he actually was a Hip fan, Babcock had to admit the only musician he is really aware of is Bob Seger.

Here are five takeaways from the Leafs victory on Wednesday against the Red Wings.

Also getting a tribute on the scoreboard video screen was Leafs forward Patrick Marleau.

Marleau stood fourth among active players in goals (511) and points (1,087) before Wednesday night's games.

"When it's crunch time and you're getting close to the end of the year like we were last year, we were right in the mix, you look back on these kind of close games and you think about the value that's in these points", Rielly said.

"It's definitely gone by quick", said Marleau.

Gordie Howe is the all-times leader for games played with 1,767. But the wonks were provided by the Red Wing goaltenders, at least in the early going. Wings coach Jeff Blashill challenged the call and it was over turned. Jimmy Howard started in net but was pulled after allowing three goals on four shots in the first period.

And yes, Matthews knew what he was doing all the way on the goal, which is why he is a special player.

"I felt like it felt the same way as against Tampa", Tatar said. "It's tough for a goalie to read, especially when its going through [the defenceman's] feet like that to get the angle".

Petr Mrazek came in to relieve Howard but the Red Wings' woes continued.

"I thought we played good in the first and were still down 4-1". He said he wasn't sure, but the joke was that they would come to his 2,000th game. We've got lots of guys who can put the puck in the net.

Curtis McElhinney got all the help he needed in his season debut.

"Unfortunately, they were scoring the goals".

Marleau almost scored seconds into the game and had three shots on goal in just under 17 minutes on the night.

The Leafs once again displayed an ability to score goals in bunches on Wednesday.

"These are the big games, the good teams you get up for", Andersen said.

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