NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Detroit
(Saturday, December 9th)
Final Score: Detroit 5, Toronto 1
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Henrik Zetterberg and Mikael Samuelsson each scored twice, and Detroit registered five power-play goals in a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Dominik Hasek made 21 saves to continue his domination of Toronto. He's won his last nine games against the Maple Leafs and is 22-5-5 all-time against them.
Pavel Datsyuk and Mathieu Schneider each had three assists, while Tomas Holmstrom registered two helpers for the Red Wings, who have won three in a row. Detroit went 5-for-14 on the power play.
"We played really good on special teams," Zetterberg said. "That was the difference. They took a lot of penalties and we scored. It's tough to say why they took so many, but we made them pay for them."
Bryan McCabe had the lone goal for the Maple Leafs, who have lost seven in a row. Andrew Raycroft stopped 18 of 22 shots before being replaced in the third period. Jean-Sebastien-Aubin made eight stops in relief of Raycroft.
"We all have to try to improve our game," Toronto's Mats Sundin said. "We're all getting to a point where we're a little fed up and bitter with this. I still feel we have a very good team, a team that can make the playoffs. We're fragile right now, we just have to get back to where we all believe in each other again."
Samuelsson scored 9:53 into the contest on a shot from the left edge of the crease, and the Red Wings capitalized again on the man-advantage less than eight minutes later with Chad Kilger in the penalty box. Zetterberg gobbled up a rebound to the left side of the net for the goal.
It became 3-0 at 10:42 of the second when Samuelsson fired a high wrist shot between the circles past Raycroft.
McCabe broke the shutout less than two minutes later on a shot from the slot, while on the power play, but Zetterberg broke the backs of the Leafs with a goal with under two seconds left in the stanza. Datsyuk's shot hit the post, but after a scramble, Zetterberg backhanded the puck in front over Raycroft.
Daniel Cleary scored 1:15 into the third period for the final margin.
Sundin had an assist and needs three points to tie Dave Keon (858) for second in career Maple Leafs points. Darryl Sittler is first with 916...Detroit's five power-play goals is one off the club record, set in 1942...Toronto went 1-for-8 with the man advantage.
12/09 23:03:50 ET