Steve Yzerman sits 17th on the list at 1,514, Leafs president Brendan Shanahan 16th at 1,524, and Nicklas Lidstrom 11th at 1,564 - all three former Red Wings.
Curtis McElhinney made 30 saves in his season debut and the Toronto Maple Leafs scored four times in the first period en route to a 6-3 victory over visiting Detroit on Wednesday night. The Leafs put their first two shots past Jimmy Howard, who was hooked in favor of Petr Mrazek.
"There were some kind of amusing goals", Wings coach Jeff Blashill said.
"I don't know if it was all on them, some of it is it's one of those nights".
Forcing defenseman John Carlson to play 27:33 with Niskanen out until at least November 7 with an upper-body injury, the Capitals couldn't muster the kind of offensive firepower they've been known for in previous seasons. We did tons of good stuff and had a lot of moments, especially in the first (period) where we carried the play.
Matthews chased Howard from the Wings net with 4:14 to play in the first, snapping a shot past him from nearly the exact same spot Kadri did to open the scoring.
A flurry of goals in the first period put the Wings in a hole they could not get out of in the remaining two periods.
"The first shot went in, it got through three or four guys and off the post, but after that, we played real well". They pulled Mrazek with more than three minutes to go, and William Nylander took advantage with an empty-net goal.
"We can definitely be a lot better but when we're coming out with two points in games like these, in back-to-backs, especially our progress coming from a year ago in these types of games is pretty positive", said Leafs centre Auston Matthews, who scored a attractive goal in the first period, his sixth in seven games. "I think we've got to score goals".
He's just the 18th player in National Hockey League history to make it that far.
Tatar cut into Toronto's lead 7:02 into the second period when he put in a rebound off his own shot that McElhinney initially kicked into a unsafe area.
Ericsson's point shot beat McElhinney but was originally disallowed because of goalie interference on Justin Abdelkader.
Tomas Tatar talks about the Red Wings' loss to the Maple Leafs. Detroit is putting up 3.17 goals per game right now while allowing 2.50 per game. "Even though we scored, it took us a bit to get skating", Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said.
"With that said we had opportunities on our power play and didn't score".
"I thought we played good in the first and were still down 4-1". "Same thing goes with our team".
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