The Toronto Maple Leafs handily beat the Detroit Red Wings by the score of 4-2. All three of Auston Matthews, William Nylander, and Mitch Marner scored for the Leafs for the second straight game for the first time in their careers. Matthews got his 11th of the season, Nylander got his 150th career NHL goal, and Marner scored to extend his point streak to 17 games, one back of Sittler and Olczyk’s 18. On the back end, Rasmus Sandin scored, while Mac Hollowell also earned his first career NHL assist in the win.
Mat Murray stopped 41 of 43 shots, including keeping all nets on their rungs, as the Leafs got shelled in the first period but kept scoring throughout the game anyway. It was a fun night where the Red Wings can say they played better despite their big mistakes, while the Leafs took advantage of those big mistakes.
A turnover in the offensive zone gave the Red Wings a 2-on-1 the other way. Larkin took the shot and Murray couldn’t smother it. It trickled through and eventually Moritz Seider banged it home. The Leafs had sticks in the area, Hollowell did his honest best, but no one got the puck out.
bats everywhere pic.twitter.com/yQZM6S3uvR— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) November 29, 2022
And then a penalty kill as Sandin got called for hooking Veleno. The Leafs kill it off without giving up a single shot.
AUSTON RIPS IT! You might not feel it just yet, but Auston Matthews is red hot, and this goal is a sign of what’s to come. And incredible release, supported by Bunting with the pass and Nylander dragging Joe Veleno towards the net with his drive. Hollowell got his first point on the goal.
first NHL point for Mac Hollowell with a great secondary assist to break the puck out pic.twitter.com/jPefZ47rGn— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) November 29, 2022
WILLY HITS 150 OFF THE ROOF! Immediately after, Matthews winger finds a rebound around Ben Chiarot (lmao) and roofs the rebound for his 150th career NHL goal and 13th of the season — a team lead.
Nylander buries the rebound from Sandin pic.twitter.com/psDOCO2akJ— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) November 29, 2022
William Nylander has taken three shots on Ville Husso in the NHL ... they've all gone in— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) November 29, 2022
So let’s talk about the first period. The Leafs had about 3% of the expected goals with their eight shots to the Red Wings 18. The Wings had a lot happening around Murray’s net, lots of rebounds. While the Leafs ended up on the rush a lot more the other way. The offense was a little below standards, the defense not great as well, but the Leafs were getting chances so I didn’t mind it too much. They were breaking through big mistakes, and almost breaking through on regular defenses. Adjustments helped things work out in the latter two periods.
lol pic.twitter.com/h8JRUdDGG1— Acting the Fulemin (@ATFulemin) November 29, 2022
MARNER SHOTS AND SCORES FOR 17!! Giordano established the zone on a line change as the Red Wings didn’t seem interested in pressuring the defender out of fear he’ll, I don’t know, dump it in or something. Marner rushed up from behind and gave Gio an option. Coming in with speed, Marner made a move to the middle and took a shot that got through Ville Husso under the elbow. He’s now one back of Sittler and Olczyk for a share of the franchise record.
MITCH MARNER 🚨— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) November 29, 2022
17-GAME POINT STREAK 🔥 pic.twitter.com/JMqM1SiN3L
Not for a lack of effort, Tavares wanted to get in on the scoring action, but hit the post.
quick chance for Tavares goes off the post pic.twitter.com/9JR3BdlAM8— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) November 29, 2022
Sandin did make it a 4-1 game with his point shot through a crowd as the Leafs were buzzing in the offensive zone. Lots of good positioning and passing from the Leafs. This goal also saw Husso get pulled for Alex Nedeljkovic, who has statistically been the worst goalie in the NHL this year. Playing in front of Detroit’s defense probably hasn’t helped him.
RASMUS SANDIN 🚨— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) November 29, 2022
ENTER SANDMAN pic.twitter.com/HfEhQO8jYH
“When the Red Wings lose, they lose big.” Yes, that is a true statement and the first half of the game was definitely showing it. Also, I finally know what it’s like to be on the other side of a frustrating loss.
Giordano owes Murray dinner pic.twitter.com/97OcWO1xL5— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) November 29, 2022
Yeah this was pretty bad, but a tired Marner drew a tripping call on the Wings, which angered Larkin a lot.
lol the most egregious too many men penalty the Leafs have taken pic.twitter.com/IQWqpzokXd— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) November 29, 2022
it's 4 on 4 as Marner is tripped— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) November 29, 2022
Larkin calls it a dive pic.twitter.com/92pOvhl2jK
Tavares almost scored twice in the period as the Leafs played the period even (50% xG) while padding their lead with two more goals. Also this stat below is fun.
This is the first time that Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews & William Nylander have all scored in the same game in back-to-back contests#LeafsForever— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) November 29, 2022
It was a penalty, Bunts. But I like the energy in a 4-1 game.
LOL BUNTING— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) November 29, 2022
"NO F--KING WAY!" pic.twitter.com/MTgv2O8HQN
A long shot gets tipped through with seven minutes left in the game. The Leafs were playing pretty well up to that point but were giving up some sustained pressure.
Adam Erne deflects Seider's shot pic.twitter.com/8cepF6Wsyl— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) November 29, 2022
The Leafs got their offense going again in the last few minutes as Bunting fed Matthews for a great shot that skimmed over the crossbar.
The Red Wings pulled their goalie with two and a half minutes to go.
Lots of perimeter shots, but Liljegren, Mete, Matthews, and Murray closed off all rebounds. Imagine saying that a year ago. Haha.
Murray makes a couple late saves, including one ala Marc-Andre Fleury against a very different Red Wings team back in the day. Leafs win!