Det 3 0 1 0 1 0 5
Tor 1 2 1 0 0 0 4
Date of game: 12/21/2013

Recap: Toronto vs. Detroit

Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - The shootout drought is over for the Detroit Red Wings.

Daniel Alfredsson and Pavel Datsyuk both scored during the penalty shot tiebreaker to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in a preview of the 2014 Winter Classic.

"It was nice that [Gustavsson] saves the first one then I score and put a little more pressure on them going into the second round. We're in desperate need of points and getting that extra one, it's a good feeling," said Alfredsson.

The Red Wings had lost six shootouts this season and an NHL-record 11 straight overall.

If Saturday's contest was an indication of what's in store on New Year's Day, the massive crowd at Michigan Stadium will be thoroughly entertained.

Toronto overcame a 3-1 deficit to grab a 4-3 lead in the third period before Tomas Tatar potted the equalizer with 6:16 remaining.

Former Maple Leaf Jonas Gustavsson did not allow a goal in the shootout after making 19 saves through overtime for Detroit, which won its second in a row on the heels of a six-game slide.

Alfredsson beat Jonathan Bernier with a wrister and Datsyuk went to the backhand to secure Detroit's first shootout win since Feb. 28 of last season at San Jose.

"It was nice that [Gustavsson] saves the first one then I score and put a little more pressure on them going into the second round. We're in desperate need of points and getting that extra one, it's a good feeling," said Alfredsson.

Bernier made 25 saves in relief of James Reimer, who was pulled after the first period.

Cody Franson scored 7:15 into the game to give the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead, but the Red Wings pumped three goals past Reimer on 12 shots.

Datsyuk worked a give-and-go with Riley Sheahan behind the Toronto net before coming out front and whipping a backhander home at 8:57. Joakim Andersson broke the tie with a wraparound at 13:18, then Tomas Jurco made it 3-1 with 1:52 left. Jurco was in the low slot when he took a feed from Sheahan, spun around and sent a backhander through Reimer.

"Obviously, we didn't have a very good first period," said Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle. "We score the first goal and then we basically stood around for the rest of the period and watched them do their thing."

Toronto answered with three straight goals, the first by Dion Phaneuf on a slap shot at 11:45 of the second period.

Joffrey Lupul netted a power-play goal with 1:36 remaining in the middle stanza before David Clarkson's 100th career tally in a scramble around the crease put the Maple Leafs ahead 8:32 into the third.

Tatar slipped a rebound past Bernier to tie the game.

Game Notes

The Maple Leafs have dropped six of their last eight games ... The Red Wings registered their first win in Toronto since Nov. 16, 2002, snapping a four- game losing streak ... This game marked the first meeting between the teams as division rivals since March 18, 1998 ... Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser returned to the lineup after missing 15 games with a separated shoulder.

Dorm Report: Rooting for the lesser of two evils

I really do try my best not to hate anyone, seeing as how that word can be thrown around rather easily, which is why it was so tough watching the Florida State-Louisville game on Thursday night.

NASCAR News
The Inside Line: Newman a big surprise in the Chase

Ryan Newman is making a Cinderella run in this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, hoping to become one of the four drivers contending for the title in the Nov. 16 season finale at Homestead.

Brewers pick up Gallardo's option, decline Weeks

The Milwaukee Brewers have exercised the 2015 club option on starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo and declined the vesting/club option on second baseman Rickie Weeks.

Sixers guarantee third years on Carter-Williams, Noel

2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams had the third-year option on his rookie contract picked up by the Philadelphia 76ers, who also exercised their option on fellow 2013 first- round pick Nerlens Noel.

Sabres send Reinhart back to junior

The Buffalo Sabres have returned forward Sam Reinhart, the second overall pick of this year's NHL Entry Draft, to his junior team at Friday's deadline to do so.

Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.