DETROIT (AP) - Jiri Hudler and Mike Modano worked well together in their first game as linemates.
Hudler and Modano, along with Dan Cleary, will form what the Red Wings think will be a potent third line. Friday night was the first time the trio was together during the preseason - Hudler and Modano had not skated together in a game.
"It was good tonight. We were moving the puck and moving our legs a bit," said Modano, who signing a $1.25 million free-agent contract in August after leaving the Dallas Stars.
Hudler got his first two goals since leaving Detroit after the 2008-09 season to play in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League last season.
"Just trying to learn each other on the ice," Hudler said. "He's been in the league for 20 years. It's not going to be hard for him to read the ice."
Hudler's first goal, a power-play effort 8:45 into the first period that gave the Red Wings a 2-0 lead, came after Modano's shot from the point deflected off the skate of Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle in front of the net directly to Hudler, who put it past Jussi Rynnas.
Hudler tipped in Brian Rafalski's shot from the point 7:29 into the second period for his second goal. Modano got the second assist.
Niklas Kronwall and Johan Franzen each had a goal and an assist and Jan Mursak, Jakub Kindl, and Henrik Zetterberg also scored for Detroit (3-3-0). Thomas McCollum made 16 saves and Joey MacDonald stopped three shots.
"The Red Wings were flying. Jussi struggled a bit," Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. "When you get behind the 8-ball an open the game up to get back into the game, it's not the way you want to play the Red Wings."
NOTES: Detroit recalled McCollum and forwards Willie Coetzee, Francis Pare and Tomas Tatar from its American Hockey league affiliate in Grand Rapids.
|Jan Mursak (1) Snap shot - ASST: Kirk Maltby (1)|
1 - 0 DET
|PPG - Jiri Hudler (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Modano (1), Niklas Kronwall (1)|
2 - 0 DET
|PPG - Phil Kessel (1) Snap shot - ASST: Kris Versteeg (1), Dion Phaneuf (1)|
2 - 1 DET
|PPG - Jakub Kindl (1) Snap shot - ASST: Johan Franzen (1)|
3 - 1 DET
|Jiri Hudler (2) Tip-in - ASST: Brian Rafalski (1), Mike Modano (2)|
4 - 1 DET
|Tyler Bozak (1) Snap shot - ASST: Kris Versteeg (2), Phil Kessel (1)|
4 - 2 DET
|PPG - Niklas Kronwall (1) Slapshot - ASST: Valtteri Filppula (1)|
5 - 2 DET
|Johan Franzen (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Valtteri Filppula (2), Nicklas Lidstrom (1)|
6 - 2 DET
|Mikhail Grabovski (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Nikolay Kulemin (1), Mike Komisarek (1)|
6 - 3 DET
|PPG - Henrik Zetterberg (1) Slapshot - ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (1), Brian Rafalski (2)|
7 - 3 DET
|Francois Beauchemin Slashing - 2 min against Tomas Holmstrom|
|Jiri Hudler Hooking - 2 min against Jeff Finger|
|Jan Mursak Hooking - 2 min against Mike Brown|
|Jan Mursak Hi-sticking - 2 min against Kris Versteeg|
|Tyler Bozak Hi-sticking - 2 min against Niklas Kronwall|
|Tyler Bozak Interference - 2 min against Tomas Holmstrom|
|Phil Kessel Hooking - 2 min against Brad Stuart|
|Nicklas Lidstrom Hooking - 2 min against Colby Armstrong|
|Mike Komisarek Interference - 2 min against Brian Lashoff|
|Tomas Kaberle Hooking - 2 min against Jan Mursak|
|Mike Komisarek Holding - 2 min against Pavel Datsyuk|