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Kindl gives Red Wings win against Maple Leafs

by Mike Brophy /

TORONTO -- Jakub Kindl scored 2:17 into overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Hockey Hall of Fame Game at Air Canada Centre on Friday.

Kindl split the Toronto defense and beat goaltender James Reimer with his second goal of the season.

"We had three guys on the ice," Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. "We should've changed going up the ice. That happened twice. We were caught out there tired and you stand there and they go by you. I thought [defenseman Jake] Gardiner did a real good job, he played the 2-on-1, but we shouldn't have gotten it to be a 2-on-1.

"We had enough people on the ice it shouldn't have been like that, but we had two guys flat-footed and one guy dead tired and those things happen."

It was the third straight win for Red Wings (7-5-1), who have defeated former coach Babcock twice in two games this season.

The Maple Leafs (2-8-3) lost their second straight.

Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg scored his 300th NHL goal in the first period. He snapped a shot toward the Toronto net from the Maple Leafs blue line that hit goaltender James Reimer. The puck dropped and rolled over the goal line for the Detroit captain's fourth goal of the season.

"I think I'll remember this one," Zetterberg said. "I just tried to get it on net, and to be honest I don't really know how it went in. It was a good dump. I just tried to use the defenseman as a screen and get it on net. I don't think I actually got it on net. It was a little bit wide, but I think it must have hit his pad and went in."

Zetterberg joins Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, Alex Delvecchio and Sergei Fedorov as the only players to have 300 goals and 500 assists for the Red Wings.

"Obviously it means a lot, but right now you are in it," Zetterberg said. "It's fun to reach these numbers. I couldn't have done it without the players that have been surrounding me for all these years. Without them, I would not be close."

Detroit goaltender Petr Mrazek made 31 saves for his fourth win of the season. Mrazek was particularly strong in the third period with the Maple Leafs pressing in an effort to tie the game.

"We knew they were going to come hard," Mrazek said. "They've started playing way better right now on their ice, so we knew it was going to be a tough game, but we found a way to get two points tonight."

The Maple Leafs did tie the game with 1:01 left in the third. Defenseman Dion Phaneuf moved to the front of the net and stabbed the puck up and over Mrazek for his first goal of the season.

Mrazek said Phaneuf's shot hit his blocker, popped into the air and then hit the shaft of his stick before dropping into the net.

"That was a tough bounce, but that's how hockey is," Mrazek said.

Toronto, 1-6-2 in its past nine games, plays at the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

"I thought we played well," Babcock said. "There will always be nights when you think you deserve a better fate, but that's life. You've just got to find a way to score some goals."

Detroit right wing Landon Ferraro left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury.

Prior to the game, this year's inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame were introduced: Fedorov, Chris Pronger, Nicklas Lidstrom, Phil Housley, Angela Ruggiero, Bill Hay and Peter Karmanos Jr.

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