Toronto 4, Detroit 3

Saturday, January 7, 2012 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Detroit 25-14-1-0 15-2-1-0 10-12-0-0 L1
Toronto 21-15-3-2 11-5-2-2 10-10-1-0 W3


Joffrey Lupul scored the game-winning goal with just under 13 minutes to play and the Toronto Maple Leafs held off the visiting Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Saturday night.

Lupul intercepted a pass behind the net and flicked the puck over goaltender Jimmy Howard to lift Toronto to its third straight victory and blunt Detroit's comeback.

Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist and captain Dion Phaneuf and Dave Steckel also tallied for the Maple Leafs, who blew a 3-0 lead but improved to 15-0-0 when leading after two periods.

Jonas Gustavsson turned aside 37 shots to win his third consecutive start for Toronto, which was outshot 40-18.

The Red Wings received second-period goals from veteran Todd Bertuzzi and Niklas Kronwall before drawing even on Jiri Hudler's goal at 4:32 of the third period.

The Maple Leafs jumped on the Red Wings and surged to a 3-0 lead in the first 11 1/2 minutes of the game.

Kessel converted a penalty shot after he was hooked by defenseman Ian White on a breakaway attempt at the 4:30 mark.

Phaneuf doubled the advantage on the power play, intercepting a clearing pass and ripping a blistering shot past Howard, who was denied his 100th victory.

Steckel made it 3-0 when he redirected a pass by Lupul into an open net at 11:36.

Top Game Performances

Detroit   Toronto
Pavel Datsyuk 2 Points Phil Kessel 2
Todd Bertuzzi 1 Goals Phil Kessel 1
Pavel Datsyuk 2 Assists Phil Kessel 1
N/A Power Play Goals Dion Phaneuf 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Jimmy Howard .778 Save Percentage Jonas Gustavsson .925
Jimmy Howard 14 Saves Jonas Gustavsson 37

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Detroit 40 3 0-1 0-1 2 22
Toronto 18 4 1-1 1-1 2 19

Upcoming Games

  • Toronto will play its next game at home against Buffalo. The Maple Leafs have a W/L % of .450 after a win and .571 after a loss.
  • Detroit will play its next game on the road against Chicago. The Red Wings have a W/L % of .731 after a win and .429 after a loss.
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