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Leafs comeback falls short

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
DETROIT (AP) - Henrik Zetterberg, Nicklas Lidstrom and Jiri Fischer scored for the Detroit Red Wings and the NHL champions held on for a 3-2 exhibition victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.

Fischer scored what proved to be the winning goal in the second period on a slap shot from the top of the left circle off a rebound.

Down 3-1, Toronto pulled goaltender Mikael Tellqvist for an extra skater and got a power-play goal from Robert Reichel with 1:19 left.

Tomas Kaberle scored a power-play goal for Toronto 11:10 into the third period. His long wrist shot deflected in off of Zetterberg as he dived to try and block the shot.

Detroit is 2-0-0 in exhibition play, while Toronto is 1-2-0.

Zetterberg, a rookie, opened the scoring 5:55 into the game when he converted a cross-slot pass from Darren McCarty.

Lidstrom's power-play goal with 1:41 left in the period made it 2-0 when he jammed the puck in off a goal-mouth scramble just nine seconds after Nik Antropov went off for interference.

Manny Legace started in goal for Detroit and Trevor Kidd started for Toronto. Mark Lamothe replaced Legace at 11:58 of the second period, while Tellqvist came in for Kidd at the same time.

It was the first game at Joe Louis Arena using the NHL-mandated netting behind both goals.


First Period:

1. Detroit, Zetterberg 1 (McCarty, Wallin) 5:55
2. Detroit, Lidstrom 1 (Williams, Robitaille) 18:19 (pp)

Second Period:

3. Detroit, Fischer 1 (Chelios, Fedorov) 2:44

Third Period:

4. Toronto, Kaberle 1 (McCabe, Sundin) 11:10 (pp)
5. Toronto, Reichel 1 (Tucker, McCabe) 18:41 (pp)


Toronto: Kidd, Tellqvist
Detroit: Legace, Lamothe.



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