The Red Wings got off to a quick start in this one, as Joakim Andersson tipped in a Xavier Ouellet shot at 5:18 for a 1-0 lead; the second assist on the goal went to Todd Bertuzzi. However, the Leafs equalized at 8:31 from a Nazem Kadri wrister, assists to Mason Raymond and Jake Gardiner. Both teams squandered power play opportunities in the period, and the first frame would end 1-1.
Detroit regained the lead at 6:23 of the second as former Michigan Wolverine Luke Glendening put one past Jonathan Bernier, the assists going to much-maligned players in Kyle Quincey and Mikael Samuelsson. Toronto would respond with a Joffrey Lupul strike at 10:37, with Nikolai Kulemin and (again) Jake Gardiner assisting. But then the Wings took over. A late unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to James van Riemsdyk opened the door for a power play from the captain Henrik Zetterberg, who was fed by Johan Franzen, who received the puck on a plate from Pavel Datsyuk. The Wings led 3-2 after two; they outshot the Leafs 19-6 in the second.
In the third period, another Maple Leaf penalty (this time from Lupul) led to another Detroit goal, as Daniel Alfredsson fired home a Zetterberg pass at 5:57, with Datsyuk getting another assist as well. The scoring was capped at 12:37 via a Franzen tip-in of a Niklas Kronwall shot for the Wings’ third consecutive power play goal. Final score at the Joe: 5-2 Wings.
Pretty solid showing for the Red Wings, who finally notched a preseason home win. The big guns were back in the lineup after Wednesday’s waxing at the hands of the Penguins, and they did not disappoint. They outshot Toronto 37-19. They scored three power-play goals, got four points from Datsyuk and Zetterberg, and even got a Luke Glendening goal. The Wings’ preseason slate ends tonight against these same Leafs, and Detroit will seek to conclude the preseason at 4-4. Coverage begins at 7 P.M. EST on CBC and NHL Network in the United States.