TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs have the Red Wings' number this season.
The Leafs improved to 3-0 against the Wings with their 3-2 victory at Air Canada Centre Tuesday night, snapping their five-game losing skid.
The Wings rallied back from a 3-0 deficit but couldn't get the tying goal to force overtime.
1. Gustav Nyquist : Nyquist wasn't feeling so great on Monday, a stomach bug forcing him to miss practice. But he felt better and started Tuesday night, playing on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Tatar. The Wings were able to salvage the second period when Zetterberg found Nyquist heading to the net and Nyquist beat Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen with 37.8 seconds left. Tatar also assisted. It was Nyquist's eighth goal of the season and first since Jan. 18 at home against the Boston Bruins. Nyquist wasn't done. He started the third as he finished the second, scoring 36 seconds into the frame.
Quotable: "As long as that helps the team, that's the most important. To be honest with you, I don't like talking about personal (accomplishments). Most important thing is the team wins. If we get on a run here, it doesn't matter if I score zero or however many, I just want the team to win. So whatever I can do to help out, that's the most important thing." - Nyquist
2. Henrik Zetterberg: Zetterberg continues to impress at age 36, even though he has played in each of his team's 64 games this season. When Zetterberg assisted on Nyquist's goal, he extended his point streak to seven games. Zetterberg also assisted on Nyquist's second goal. Zetterberg has one goal and 11 assists in that span. Zetterberg was quite the sight at the end of the game as he was bleeding from the side of his left eye, courtesy of an uncalled high stick from Connor Brown. The officials let Zetterberg go to the bench to have athletic trainer Piet Van Zant clean him up before the face-off with under five seconds to go in regulation.
Quotable: "I think the biggest takeaway from my first game was watching Z, how much will he has, rallying the boys. I thought obviously he's the best player on the team but that was pretty cool to see firsthand. He made the play on the first goal, he's going all night. It's probably what separates him. He has a lot of skill but he competes harder than anybody. He wants it pretty bad. That was cool to see." - Robbie Russo
3. Robbie Russo: Russo made his NHL debut, playing with Xavier Ouellet, someone he played with regularly in Grand Rapids last season. He played 19 shifts for 15:44, finishing with one hit, one giveaway and one blocked shot.
Quotable: "I think a couple of shifts. (Matt) Martin buried me, so I think that kind of woke me up. I think from there on I was pretty comfortable." - Russo
Quotable II: "I thought Russo played good, I think he's going to get more and more comfortable as he goes and I think he'll continue to get better and better. But I thought he managed his game well. He's a smart player, he's poised with the puck. The moment didn't seem to faze him so I thought he did a real good job." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill