TORONTO - It was the first time that two teams had a rematch in an outdoor game.
Once again, the Red Wings and Maple Leafs needed extra time to decide the game, this one in the Centennial Classic at Toronto's BMO Field in front of a sold-out crowd of 40,148.
Auston Matthews, the first overall pick in this past summer's draft, scored the overtime winner at 3:40 for Toronto's 5-4 victory.
Matthews, who also scored to give the Leafs a 4-1 lead at 12:05 of the third, has 20 goals in 36 games.
Jonathan Ericsson, Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha scored within a span of 6:04 to tie the game and send it to overtime.
The Wings and Leafs played outside in the snow at Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1, 2014, with the Leafs winning in a shootout, 3-2.
1. Anthony Mantha : Mantha was playing in his first outdoor game but wasn't showing any nerves. Playing with his usual line mates, Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Tatar, Mantha scored the game's first goal at 5:33 of the second period. With 1.1 seconds remaining in regulation, Mantha tapped in a rebound to tie the game at 4, completing a comeback from a three-goal deficit. Mantha has five goals in his last five games.
Quotable: "We were just trying to put every puck to the net. We knew that there wasn't much time left. I took a little peek before Tats shot the puck at the time left. As I tapped it in, I looked again to see if there was time remaining." - Mantha
2. Jared Coreau : Coreau was making his third start in the last four games and his first start in an outdoor game. He finished with 23 saves on 28 shots.
Quotable: "Not good enough. The first goal, I just got to seal the bottom of the net better and I think that just gave them some momentum. I got to play better and close out the third, but the bonus, we got a point, we came back from three unanswered and we got a point out of it and it's an exciting overtime, chances both ways." - Coreau
Quotable II: "I thought Jared played a real good game in Ottawa. I thought it was the best game that he had played of the three, and so I thought it was the right move to put him in, and I thought he played great early. I thought he didn't have to make big-time saves, but they had lots of opportunities. I thought he held his ground real good. I thought he made a couple of big saves in overtime there to keep it even, and then I thought in that little stretch there, he wasn't quite as strong as he had been the other parts of the game, kind of mirrored our team. But I think it's a good step forward for him. That was a big moment for a guy in his fourth game in the NHL, and I thought overall he did a real good job." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill
3. Henrik Zetterberg: Zetterberg assisted on both of Mantha's goals and on Larkin's goal at 18:14 of the third. Zetterberg leads the team with 28 points and a plus-11 rating.
Quotable: "I probably will have a better answer for you in a couple of days but right now we've just got to take away what we did good. I thought the first two periods it wasn't the greatest hockey game out there. Two teams that pretty much play similar hockey. Not a lot of mistakes or a lot of chances. In the end it was I guess it was a good show for the fans. Now we've just got to keep going on the road here." - Zetterberg
4. Steve Ott : Ott was playing in his first career outdoor game and made the most of the experience. At 3:35 of the third, he took on fellow Windsor native Matt Martin in a bout. The two continued to jaw back and forth while in the penalty box.
Quotable: "That's just two guys, two hometown kids - we're both from Windsor, Ontario - so it's pretty funny that we're here in Toronto and Detroit and you get into one. All in all I just thought the whole experience of the game was pretty exciting. The whole experience was surreal to be honest with you, from the fighter jet flying over, to the National Anthems, from how first-class the whole set-up was. It made things real easy to go out and play on a great sheet of ice. For my first experience and maybe my only one, it truly was fun." - Ott