Leafs scorers: Komarov (2), Bozak 2 (8), Holland (5)
Red Wings scorers: Tatar (9)
Goalies: Bernier (Win), 60:00 minutes played, 26 saves, 1GA, Howard (Loss), 59:22 minutes played, 24 saves, 3GA
The Leafs were set to take on the Detroit Red Wings at the ACC on Saturday evening and were hoping they could come out with another win against their division rivals after redeeming themselves with a 5-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday evening.
The Leafs were able to get off to a strong start when they found themselves on the power play just a minute after the game began and came very close to getting on the board first on a number of different chances. The Red Wings were shorthanded again with another penalty just four minutes later, but the Leafs couldn’t capitalize and both teams began to trade chances. It was just passed the halfway mark of the first when the Leafs were finally rewarded with a goal from Leo Komarov.
The second period saw a lot of energy from both teams but the Red Wings couldn’t stay out of the penalty box as the period wore on. The Leafs couldn’t add to their lead on the man advantage and Tomas Tatar evened out the score just three minutes after the Leafs power play. Although both teams had several chances to take the lead in the game, the second period was relatively uneventful and it would remain tied heading into the third.
The Leafs did not get the start they wanted as the final period got underway with Stephane Robidas heading to the bench for a boarding penalty. But Bozak would come to the Leafs rescue with a short handed, unassisted goal just three minutes in to put the Leafs in front again. The Leafs held on to their momentum as the period wore on and with just four minutes remaining, Peter Holland scored the second unassisted goal of the evening, putting his team ahead 3-1.
With the period just about to expire, the Red Wings pulled their goalie and Bozak scored his second of the evening into the empty net, giving the Leafs a 4-1 victory. Bozak spoke to the media after the game about what the win meant on home ice. “It was another huge game for us. We wanted to improve our record at home and be a tougher team to play at home. I thought we built off of our Tampa Bay game and played a good, hard game here tonight against a very good team.”
The Leafs will have their work cut out for them while trying to extend their winning streak as they’ll face off against both Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin over the course of the coming week.