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The Red Wings won a shootout tonight. Beware; this may be one of the signs of the apocalypse.
In a thrilling game between two Original Sixers, the Red Wings forged a lead, blew it, fell behind, came back to tie it, then went 2-for-2 in the shootout, beating the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-4 at the Air Canada Centre.
Daniel Alfredsson and Pavel Datsyuk scored in the shootout, while Jonas Gustavsson, who had an uneven night, denied the Leafs twice.
Datsyuk scored in regulation, and he was joined by a cast of young supporting players. Joakim Andersson, Tomas Jurco and Tomas Tatar all scored goals for Detroit.
The Red Wings led, 3-1, after 20 minutes but a bad second period enabled the Leafs to tie the game, 3-3.
Toronto went ahead in the third period when a good, old-fashioned net crashing shoved the puck by Gustavsson. David Clarkson was given credit for the goal at 8:32.
Tatar banged in a rebound of a Jurco shot from the point to tie the game, 4-4, at 13:44.
The Red Wings (17-12-9) got a much needed extra point from Toronto (18-16-4), who is behind Detroit in the Atlantic Division.
But more importantly, the Red Wings ended their shootout drought, which had extended to 12 attempts. You could tell that a huge weight was lifted from their shoulders as they all gathered around Datsyuk to celebrate his shootout winner. Lots of smiles.
BOTTOM LINE: An exciting, up-and-down hockey game. A little bit of everything. Nice to know these teams still have three more meetings—the next of which is the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day.
THE WINGED WHEELER SAYS: The Red Wings got tons of energy from the kids: Tatar, Jurco and Riley Sheahan were all terrific all night. They pressured the Leafs’ defense and generated countless scoring chances. It was an exciting glimpse into the future.