John Tavares leads Toronto Maple Leafs against Detroit Red Wings 5-4
Bunting broke a 1-1 tie – and Toronto’s horrific 0-for-17 streak with the men’s advantage in his last six games – when he redirected Jason Spezza’s slapped pass at home for his third goal of the season with 17.1 seconds left in the second period on the Leafs’ first power play of the night.
Kerfoot then made it 3-1 just 17 seconds behind the third when he took a pass from Tavares and beat Greiss for his second.
Detroit returned at 1:19 later when Veleno took a pass from Michael Rasmussen and beat Mrazek for his first after Travis Dermott returned the puck behind the Toronto net.
After the Leafs killed a penalty, Tavares scored his third on a 2-1 pass from Kerfoot to make it 4-2 at 7:47.
But the Red Wings responded at 10:11 am when Namestnikov redirected his fourth after Veleno took the first shot for the rookie’s first two-point game of his NHL career in his sixth game.
Marner then put him out of reach with his first goal in 17 games dating back to last season after Greiss and Detroit defenseman Nick Leddy crossed their signals with 2:05 left on the clock.
Hronek made it 5-4 in his first game with Greiss on the bench, but Toronto held on for their second straight win.
The Leafs have gotten into the habit of getting off to a slow start in their start to the shoulder season – including falling 2-0 to the winless Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday before rallying for a 3-2 overtime win – but have was shot down from an early cannon against Detroit. .
Greiss, whose team were playing their third game in four nights after losing 2-1 to the Florida Panthers on Friday at home, held the fort with a few good saves as Toronto built an 8-2 advantage in chapter. shootings.
The Red Wings looked set to come out of the first period unscathed, but Muzzin gave the Leafs a 1-0 lead with 13.4 seconds left when he caught a pass from TJ Brodie and shot his first of the game at home. the countryside.
Mrazek, who made his first home start for Toronto since tearing his groin in Ottawa on Oct. 14, stopped Dylan Larkin with a nice stopper six minutes into the second period.
Leafs winger Pierre Engvall then took a shot from the post on a power play in Detroit after intercepting a pass from rookie defenseman Moritz Seider and rushing to a break.
The Red Wings turned back the other way, Seider preparing Zadina to rip Mrazek’s glove at 8:19.
Drafted in the fifth round by Detroit in 2010 before playing 166 games for the organization in six seasons, Mrazek kept things going even with a nice save on Michael Rasmussen before Bunting pushed Toronto towards the end of the period.
Notes: Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly signed an eight-year, US $ 60 million contract extension on Friday that will run through the 2029-30 season. … Toronto defenseman Justin Holl – protected by the team in the Seattle expansion draft – was a nasty scratch. Timothy Liljegren took his place in the lineup.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 30, 2021.
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Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press