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Red Wings top Maple Leafs in Babcock's return

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James van Riemsdyk scored for the Toronto Maple Leafs 1:09 into coach Mike Babcock's return to Joe Louis Arena, but Henrik Zetterberg and Brad Richards had third-period goals to give the Detroit Red Wings a 4-2 preseason win Friday.

Babcock coached the Red Wings for 10 seasons before being hired by the Maple Leafs on May 20.

His return started well with van Riemsdyk's goal, but Detroit held a 2-1 lead 4:12 later after goals by Justin Abdelkader and Drew Miller.

A power-play goal by Toronto's Mark Arcobello with 32 seconds left in the second period tied it 2-2.

Zetterberg scored at 3:57 of the third period before Richards' goal into an empty net at 18:35.

Jimmy Howard made 31 saves for Detroit (5-0-2). James Reimer made 26 for Toronto (3-4-0).

The teams end their preseason schedules Saturday at Air Canada Centre, then play a regular-season game next Friday in Detroit.

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