The slumping Maple Leafs dropped all three games on their road trip, culminating with a 3-1 loss in Detroit, in the team’s first-ever regular season visit to Little Caesar’s Arena.
Toronto was outscored 9-3 over the three outings. The offense continues to struggle, having been blanked in two consecutive games. Defenceman Andreas Borgman gave the Leafs an early lead with a point shot past Jimmy Howard, and the visitors seemed to be inspired, playing a solid twenty-minute opening frame.
But the Red Wings controlled the game from then on. Danny DeKeyser evened the score in the second period, and then after the Leafs power play overextended their shift, Trevor Daley took advantage of the tired legs and skated the length of the ice for a shorthanded goal.
Tomas Tatar finished the scoring in the final frame. Goalie Curtis McElhinney made 25 saves in a losing effort.