Red hot Maple Leafs spread offence around in win over Detroit

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Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Tatar and Jonathan Ericsson scored Red Wings goals, while Nick Jensen had three assists and Dylan Larkin two.

Babcock: I thought Mac had a real solid effort for us when we weren't very good early.

Nazem Kadri, Zach Hyman (Michigan), Auston Matthews, Connor Brown, Morgan Rielly (power play) and William Nylander (empty net) answered for the Leafs.

He's just the 18th player in National Hockey League history to make it that far. "I don't know any musicians except Bob Seger".

"We can definitely be a lot better, but when we're coming out with two points in games like these in back-to-backs, our progress coming from a year ago in these types of games, it's definitely pretty positive for the group", Matthews said.

"It's definitely gone by quick", said Marleau. "(Milestones) are nice to have, but I'm more focused on the game".

What we've learned so far about the Wings is that when they put it all together, they can beat the NHL's mediocre and weaker clubs.

Jimmy Howard, the Wings' starter, lasted 15 minutes, 46 seconds before he was given the hook by head coach Jeff Blashill.

It might not be the prettiest goal the game has ever seen, but any highlight that's essentially a two-sport hybrid is worth celebration. "It's been enjoyable. Happy to get as far as I have". "It's tough for a goalie to read, especially when its going through [the defenceman's] feet like that to get the angle". The Leafs' 6-1-0 start puts them atop the Eastern Conference and - as much as I hate to fuel Toronto's obnoxious obsession with its team and stars - Matthews and the Leafs look poised to do some serious damage this season.

Petr Mrazek came in to relieve Howard but the Red Wings' woes continued.

"I've just surrounded myself with good people", said Marleau.

St. Louis outshot Chicago 26-8 in the first two periods, including 17-4 in the second. "They came out and controlled the majority of the play". They earned a power play at 9:09 but couldn't maintain possession of the puck and never got a shot on Curtis McElhinney. "It goes a long way when you have that faith in a guy like him; he comes out and gets a huge win for us on a back-to-back against a team within our division".

The Red Wings would make things interesting in the second period as they came within one goal of tying the game.

"Unfortunately, they were scoring the goals". Instead, the Leafs went on to score twice in 42 seconds to open a three-goal lead. In large parts the process was good (Wednesday) but we have to eliminate some mental errors.

"When you look at the way he played at the end of past year, we have all the reasons in the world to have confidence in him because he's proven he can play great, and he played great again tonight".

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