Red Wings corner Maple Leafs
April 3, 2016 - Picnic Time
TORONTO (AP) — Brad Richards and Mike Green any had a idea and an support and a Detroit Red Wings kick a Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on Saturday night.
Jimmy Howard finished 32 saves for a Red Wings, who changed past a Boston Bruins for third place in a Atlantic Division with 91 points.
Kyle Quincey also scored for Detroit, that is perplexing to extend a strain of creation a playoffs to 24 seasons.
Though now holding indeterminate control of a playoff position, a Red Wings are in risk of blank a playoffs for a initial time given 1990.
“Our concentration during a commencement of a year with this hockey group yet was to try to win a Stanley Cup,” Red Wings manager Jeff Blashill pronounced when asked about a strain before a game.
“To do that we have to benefit opening into a Stanley Cup playoffs and that’s been a unaccompanied concentration to do that some-more than anything else.”
Colin Greening and William Nylander scored for Toronto and Garret Sparks combined 23 saves for a Leafs.
The Red Wings kick Minnesota on Friday night and raced out to a 2-0 first-period lead opposite a Leafs.
“Our biggest thing is we’ve got to win a possess hockey games for things to matter,” Blashill said. “If we don’t win we won’t get in.”
Richards non-stop a scoring by gnawing a 10-game idea drought with his 10th idea this season. With Detroit on a energy play, a 35-year-old dismissed a shot past Sparks from a mark in a left faceoff circle.
Sparks has struggled in his initial NHL season, with an .898 save commission streamer into his 15th NHL appearance.
He was beaten by a indicate shot from Ericsson reduction than 10 mins after a idea from Richards, augmenting a Detroit lead to 2-0. Sparks was fighting copiousness of trade on a play and seemed to close legs quickly with teammate Morgan Rielly, stopping his ability to make a save.
He appealed to arbitrate Greg Kimmerly shortly after a goal, believing, it appeared, that he was interfered with.
Down 2-0, Toronto trailed after a initial duration for a 30th time this season.
The Leafs rallied early into a second, scoring reduction than 3 mins into a duration on Greening’s fourth idea of a season. The idea was spurred by a efforts of 19-year-old Nylander, who picked adult his eighth indicate in 18 NHL games on a play.
With a puck on his tape, Nylander wheeled from side to side and by a container of a Detroit section before banishment a pass from right to left by a Red Wings crease. The pass pinged off by a movement of a Red Wings defender before it was tapped in by Greening.
Things incited chippy between a Original Six rivals a brief while later.
His helmet shoved off by Detroit core Luke Glendening behind a net in a descent zone, Leafs brazen Nazem Kadri raced after Glendening and cross-checked him in a shoulder and conduct area. Kadri was given a two-minute chastisement and afterwards given a word or dual by Red Wings maestro Darren Helm a few mins later.
Kadri was fined $5,000 on Friday for diving, citations he vehemently disagreed with before to a game. “I didn’t determine with it nor did we like it,” he said.
Starting on uninterrupted nights after a 20-save opening in a feat on Friday, Howard was large for a Wings as a Leafs finished their pull to even a measure late in a second.
Serving as a backup to Petr Mrazek for many of a season, Howard stopped 13 of 14 shots in a duration before entrance adult with a integrate pivotal stops early in a third. The 32-year-old’s best save of a diversion came on Kadri’s miscarry try reduction than a notation into a final duration and 46 seconds before Quincey connected a shot past a left pad of Sparks to boost a Detroit lead behind to two.
“He’s finished a good job,” Blashill pronounced of Howard’s new play before a game.
Nylander scored his fifth NHL idea with an empty-net, Detroit unresolved on for a one-goal victory.
NOTES: The Leafs removed 20-year-old Frederik Gauthier to reinstate an harmed Milan Michalek before to a game. Acquired in a Feb trade that sent Dion Phaneuf to Ottawa, Michalek was close down for a deteriorate since of a knee injury.