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Maple Leafs score six on 54 shots against Red Wings

Andersen makes 25 saves for shutout; Toronto 3-0-0 under Keefe

by Dave Hogg / Independent Correspondent

Johnsson backhands in PPG

TOR@DET: Johnsson buries second goal on power play

Andreas Johnsson makes a great move to his backhand and puts the puck home on the power play for his second of the game

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DETROIT -- Andreas Johnsson scored twice, and the Toronto Maple Leafs had 54 shots on goal in a 6-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday.

"We were able to get sustained pressure in the offensive zone and it just kept going," said Johnsson, who had an assist. "That was the big part of our game tonight."

The Maple Leafs (12-10-4) are 3-0-0 since Sheldon Keefe replaced Mike Babcock as coach Nov. 20. Keefe is the second Toronto coach to win his first three games (Pat Quinn, 1997-98).


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"We want to be a team that can play with a lead, and I thought we did a good job of that tonight," Keefe said. "I really liked the way we started the first two periods: winning face-offs, getting the puck in deep, and forcing breaks with our pressure."

Frederik Andersen made 25 saves for his 17th NHL shutout.

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The Red Wings (7-17-3) have lost five in a row and are winless in their past seven games (0-5-2).

"This is really tough, especially at home in front of a big crowd," Detroit center Dylan Larkin said. "We don't have any answers right now, but we have to remember this feeling and find a way to get out of this."

The Red Wings have been shut out in two straight games for the first time since Jan. 12-16, 2004.

"It's embarrassing to get beat 6-0 in your own building," forward Luke Glendening said. "We're all proud to wear this jersey, but we have to start playing like we're proud of it."

Jimmy Howard allowed three goals on 14 shots before leaving with a mid-body injury. Jonathan Bernier, who was scratched from his scheduled start because of an illness, relieved Howard and made 37 saves on 40 shots.

"That took a lot of guts by [Bernier]," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "We tried to get another goalie here, but no one was available, so we asked him if he could play. I kept asking if he was OK, and he said he could keep going."

The Maple Leafs took a 1-0 lead 1:04 into the game when defenseman Travis Dermott scored. Howard made the save on Dermott's shot, but the rebound went in off Frans Nielsen's skate.

Video: TOR@DET: Dermott scores off defender's skate

Tyson Barrie made it 2-0 at 2:24 on a shot that deflected off Taro Hirose's stick.

Barrie has scored in three straight games after he was held without a goal in his first 23 games with the Maple Leafs.

"A lot of this is due to the way the whole team is playing," said Barrie, who has three goals and three assists during a five-game point streak. "We're getting everybody involved in the offense. Once you get a goal and a couple points, you start to feel a lot better."

John Tavares gave Toronto a 3-0 lead at 9:48, scoring moments after Howard was injured in a collision with a teammate.

"I knew Jimmy was hurt, and I kind of wanted him to stay down, but your instincts are to keep going," Blashill said. "You don't know if you'll get a whistle, so you try to play through it."

Video: TOR@DET: Tavares wires home wrister from circle

William Nylander gave the Maple Leafs a 4-0 lead at 1:03 of the second, scoring at the end of an extended possession in the Red Wings zone.

Johnsson made it 5-0 at 3:34, poking a loose puck over the goal line, then scored on the power play to make it 6-0 at 7:07.

"I think we're trying to support each other and not force pucks at the net," Johnsson said. "We're waiting to find a late guy or move it, and I think that's been the key."

Video: TOR@DET: Nylander corrals puck and nets nifty goal


They said it

"We knew [Jonathan Bernier] was sick, so we didn't know what was going to happen when [Jimmy] Howard got hurt. There was that long delay, and we thought they might have to bring in their emergency guy. We were kind of excited about that, but Jonathan finally came out." -- Maple Leafs defenseman Tyson Barrie on how long it took the Red Wings to change goalies

"We got down 3-0 early, and Jimmy got hurt, but I really liked the way our guys battled back for the rest of the first period. We didn't score, but we were getting some chances and we were playing hard. Obviously, we were terrible in the second period. We were just chasing guys around out there." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill on being outshot 26-5 in the second period

Video: TOR@DET: Johnsson scores with his skate


Need to know

It was Andersen's first shutout since Nov. 3, 2018. ... The 54 shots on goal were the most allowed by the Red Wings since the Maple Leafs had 61 in an 8-0 win at Maple Leaf Gardens on Feb. 25, 1976. ... Detroit will recall goalie Calvin Pickard from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.


What's next

Maple Leafs: At the Buffalo Sabres on Friday (4 p.m. ET; MSG-B, TSN4, NHL.TV)

Red Wings: At the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday (4 p.m. ET; NBCSP, FS-D, NHL.TV)

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