TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS GAME REPORT - Nov. 27th, 2019: Maple Leafs Dominate Reeling Red Wings in Motown
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Thursday, November 28, 2019
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS 6 – DETROIT REDWINGS 0
DETROIT, MI – A rough night at home for the Detroit Red Wings meant a great night of experimentation and confidence for the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday.
Toronto scored split six goals between the first and second periods in an easy victory over Detroit.
Travis Dermott slapped the first goal from the point just 1:04 into the game. It’s just the 5th time this season the Maple Leafs have scored first and they kept up the pressure.
Tyson Barrie scored just over a minute later, making him the newest Leafs defenceman to score in three consecutive games since Tomas Kaberle in 2006 and the first in Leafs history to score in three consecutive road games.
John Tavares made it 3-0 midway through the period, sniping a wrist shot past Jimmy Howard who was in noticeable pain after the goal. Howard tweaked his right leg while making a prior save and limped off the ice. He did not return to the game, which forced the ill Jonathan Bernier into the game.
Bernier, who was initially listed as the starter Wednesday morning, was a last-minute scratch after notifying the Red Wings he was under the weather. He had to dress and come into the game while battling illness because Detroit had no other goalies ready at the time.
The former Leaf closed out the first period slowly but, with no goals against. That changed soon into the second.
William Nylander juggled the puck with his stick and whacked it past Bernier in mid-air just 1:03 into the second to make it 4-0.
Two minutes later, Nylander shoved Andreas Johnsson’s skate and the puck into the net while Johnsson was hanging onto the cross bar. The goal was reviewed for a kicking motion but stood when it was determined Nylander’s stick was the cause of the goal.
Johnsson got a second goal, showing off his own hand-eye skills when he knocked down a bouncing pass from Jason Spezza in the slot and knocked it into the back of the net.
No goals were scored in the third.
Frederik Andersen records his first shutout of the season and his first since November 3rd, 2018 when he shut out the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-0.
Bernier made 35 saves on 37 shots despite being ill but, while Howard stopped 11 of 14 before going down with a lower-body injury.
The Leafs win their third straight under Head Coach Sheldon Keefe and head to Buffalo for a home-at-home on Friday and Saturday.