Postgame: Red Wings Hand Leafs Fourth Straight Preseason Loss

Did you know that this was Mike Babcock’s first game back in Detroit since leaving the Red Wings organization this past offseason for the Toronto Maple Leafs? Yes. This is the first time Babcock has returned to Detroit. Since he joined the Leafs. It’s true! The first time! You hadn’t heard? It’s a big deal!

Ok, I’m done.

The Rundown

Coming off back-to-back shut outs, the anemic Maple Leafs offence got a very early kickstart when James van Riemsdyk would direct a Daniel Winnik rebound in behind Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard just 1:09 into the game. That lead wouldn’t last very long, though. Just over a minute later, Justin Abdelkader would tie the game up at ones, and three minutes after that Drew Miller would score another to put Detroit up 2-1. 

It wouldn’t be until the final minute of the second period before Toronto would respond, with a Mark Arcolbello power play goal – a juicy rebound off of a nice Morgan Rielly point shot. You have to wonder if that goal acts as a sort of stay of execution, as Arcobello hasn’t had the strongest of camps and could find himself demoted to the Toronto Marlies as early as tomorrow.

Again, Detroit would respond quickly. Just three minutes into the third period, Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg would finish off a very, very pretty passing play and put another puck past James Reimer. Add a Brad Richards empty-netter with a minute-thirty to go, and there’s your game – Detroit takes the 4-2 win in the first of back-to-back games with Toronto.

Blue Warrior

He didn’t put up any points tonight, but it didn’t seem like there was a Leaf on the ice tonight that was moving his feet more and getting involved in the play more than Zack Hyman. Entering the preseason with an outside chance at cracking the lineup, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Hyman instead spend the full season with the big club if he continues to play like this.

Quick Turnaround

The Leafs and Red Wings will meet once again tomorrow night in what will be both teams’ final tune-up before the regular season. Tune into Sportsnet One at 7:00 pm to catch all the action.

  • Gary Empey

    It looked to me the Leafs played like Babcock wanted by keeping themselves in the game, with a chance to win it right to the end. Detroit played the same way. The wings experience won the game for them. One of the biggest difference I can see from last year was everyone on the Leafs were putting in a big effort. At some point this is going to payoff.

    It was nice to see JVR score his first goal of the preseason.

  • Leafydudetwitter

    I’m not a Dion basher but what is going on with the guy? In Ottawa he was cross checking people Byfuglien style like he wanted to be suspended? Last night he was hacking and slashing like he was trying to hurt people, and taking dumb penalties? He needs to settle down before he hurts someone.
    Bozak did look better out there last night but probably due to the fact he was moved down the line up so his “quality of competiton” was more suited to his play, bump him down to 3rd line C and he should stand out more as he’ll be against players more equal to him and his abilities, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
    It was definitely a much better game than the Buffalo one, and looks like a team getting closer to figuring out their positioning as it looks like they’re in the right spots defensively just need to be more aggressive at attacking the puck.
    Offensively I see they’re still dumping the puck far to much, however it looks like they’re still struggling to carry the puck over the blue line without losing it or struggling to maintain possession.
    After the first two goals by Detroit the game looked like it would be another disaster but to their credit, they just kept playing the game, and everything calmed down. if they can play like that last half of the 2nd period more consistently, they will do very well.

  • SEER

    So far, Reimer has been the better of the two goalies, imo… Too bad that he didn’t have enough support last night, because I thought this was one of his better games in a long time..

    Tonight will show what Bernier is made of.. Still think it’s going to take ten games each in Reg. season to make a true evaluation, though..

    Hope we have a win tonight.. (just for Babcock’s sake..)