Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – Jonathan Bernier made 27 saves and the
Toronto Maple Leafs scored four unanswered goals for a 4-1 win over the
Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.
The goals from James van Riemsdyk, Richard Panik, Morgan Rielly and an empty-
netter from Nazem Kadri gave the Maple Leafs their first four-game winning
streak of the season.
It includes back-to-back victories over the Red Wings, who fell to Toronto 2-1
in a shootout on Wednesday.
Saturday marked the fifth and final meeting of the season between the Atlantic
Division foes. The Maple Leafs won the last three after the Red Wings swept a
home-and-home in October.
Niklas Kronwall scored for Detroit and Petr Mrazek gave up three goals on 40
The Red Wings have lost three in a row for the second time this season. They
were coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to Florida on Friday.
The Maple Leafs took a 2-1 lead with 2:10 remaining in the second period after
Korbinian Holzer stole the puck in the Toronto zone and banked a pass off the
neutral-zone boards to Panik, who skated in alone against Mrazek and deked to
his backhand to beat the Detroit goalie through the legs.
Rielly made it 3-1 on a wrist shot from the left circle that squeaked through
Mrazek’s left arm and torso on the far side 1:42 into the third period and
Kadri scored into an empty net with 3:14 remaining.
Earlier, the teams traded power-play goals a minute apart in the first period.
Kronwall’s one-timer from the point off a pass from Johan Franzen gave the Red
Wings a 1-0 lead at 15:27 but the Maple Leafs tied it when Phil Kessel’s shot
hit van Riemsdyk standing in front of the crease and deflected in.
Daniel Winnik had two assists for Toronto … The Maple Leafs have won four in
a row for the first time since a six-game streak from Jan. 12-21 … The Red
Wings host Columbus on Tuesday to start a four-game homestand … The Maple
Leafs continue a three-game homestand on Sunday against Los Angeles.