Leafs Snap 3-Game Skid

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Updated: October 13, 2019

The big guns for the Toronto Maple Leafs were silent, but that did not stop the Toronto Maple Leafs from snapping a 3-game losing streak, beating the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on Saturday night.

After being dumped by the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3 in their last outing, the Leafs were looking to rebound. However, the Wings Jacob de La Rose put the Detroit squad up 1-0, scoring at the 3:44 mark on the first period. The Leafs responded on at 9:57 when Nick Shore netted his first of the season, making it 1-1 after the first period.

The Toronto Maple Leafs drew blood late in the second period when Ilya Mikheyev scored his second of the season at the 19:30 mark, giving the Leafs a 2-1 lead after 2 periods.

Alexander Kerfoot scored his second of the season at 9:11 of the third period, making it 3-1. The Wings would respond just 24 seconds later, narrowing the score to 3-2 with just over 10 minutes left to play. Toronto’s Jake Muzzin would score his first of the season, adding the insurance marker at 13:34 of the third. Toronto would go on to add an empty net goal at 17:47, securing the 5-2 win.

Toronto coach Mike Babcock was pleased by what he saw saying “We thought our work ethic was really good in camp, really good at the start. Liked it all the way through. We didn’t like it last game, but to me, that’s got to be our calling card. If we go to work, our talent will show. You’ve got to outwork the other team. That’s the bottom line.”

It was no easy feat for the Wings to hold the Leafs top line to a single point as John Tavares had an assist on the empty net goal. Marner, Nylander and Matthews went pointless through the night.

The Maple Leafs will host Minnesota on Tuesday night.

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