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Zetterberg, Red Wings finish sweep of Maple Leafs

by Paul Harris

DETROIT -- Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg definitely led his team to a sweep of a home-and-home against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Zetterberg scored with 10 seconds left in overtime to give the Red Wings a 1-0 win at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday. It came after he had four assists when the Red Wings defeated the Maple Leafs 4-1 at Air Canada Centre on Friday.

"I just got pretty wood on it and it posted in," Zetterberg said of his game-winner.

His first goal of the season was a one-timer from the high slot; he came in off the right wing and took a cross-ice pass from Niklas Kronwall.

"It was my mistake," said Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier, who made 31 saves. "I didn't see him (Zetterberg) coming down the other side and I over-challenged. And it hit my stick and went in."

Zetterberg said, "It was a hard-fought game for both teams. Kind of noticed we played yesterday … either team didn't have really good legs tonight but both teams played a structured game. Goaltending was really good on both sides. Both teams got a point, probably was deserved."

Zetterberg said he played one of the worst games of his career Wednesday, when the Red Wings lost 3-2 in a shootout against the Boston Bruins.

"Obviously he had a tough game against Boston and knew it. As a good leader and determined player that he is, he really dug in," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "Obviously tonight's game, it's harder to have the energy you had in game one, but I thought he got better as the game went on and so did our team."

Jonas Gustavsson made 30 saves for his sixth career shutout.

"I felt pretty good. I had a few bad rebounds but I think the guys helped me a lot, too, during the game," Gustavsson said. "All the guys battled hard all night. It was a great team effort tonight."

The game was played before a raucous crowd, about half of whom were Toronto fans.

"It's fun, a game like that," Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul said. "Probably better energy than what we get back in Toronto."

Babcock said, "I thought No. 1, there was real good energy in the building, so it was fun for the guys. Anytime you play a team back-to-back it's way harder the second night. Everybody wants to respond. I thought Toronto did. I thought they played way harder than they did last night. I thought they got excellent goaltending. Our goaltender was fantastic too. There was lots of chance both ways. It was entertaining. We're just happy to get away with the points."

Detroit left wing Tomas Tatar hit the goal post about a minute into overtime. Bernier made a glove save on Justin Abdelkader from the bottom of the left circle with 6:59 left in the third period.

Bernier made a save on Kronwall's backhand after Kronwall skated in from the left circle about nine minutes into the period.

Bernier made three big saves in the second half of the second period. He denied Tatar from the slot with 8:14 left, and made an even better stop on center Luke Glendening with 6:27 remaining with Glendening positioned just off the crease. Shortly after that, Bernier managed to get his shoulder on Gustav Nyquist's shot from the bottom of the right circle.

Toronto left wing Matt Frattin, in the lineup because of Brandon Kozun's high ankle sprain sustained Friday, hit the goal post 5:39 into the second period.

Gustavsson stopped two breakaways in the first period. The first was a shorthanded glove save on James van Riemsdyk with 7:14 left. The second came with 42 seconds remaining; Gustavsson made a sprawling pad save as center Mike Santorelli made a move and tried to slide a forehand along the ice between Gustavsson's leg and the right post.

Detroit was without right wing Johan Franzen, who scored two goals Friday but left that game in the second period with leg spasms. He was replaced by Stephen Weiss, who was a healthy scratch in the Red Wings' first four games.

Abdelkader took Franzen's place on the first line with Zetterberg and Nyquist. Weiss played on the third line with Darren Helm and Andrej Nestrasil.

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