The Detroit Red Wings' road woes continued on Saturday, when they were unable to secure a second-straight win away from the Joe Louis Arena, dropping a 4-3 game to the Toronto Maple Leafs. It wasn't for lack of effort from their offense though, as they out-shot the Maple Leafs 40-18 over the entire course of the game. That's a huge margin, and just shows how good Jonas Gustavsson played for the Maple Leafs. He made 37 of 40 saves for a .925 save percentage. Jimmy Howard did not play well at all, allowing four goals on just 18 shots on goal from Toronto.
Detroit did show a lot offensively, especially in the second period. Most counted them out of things once Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf and David Steckel lit the lamp in the first period, taking a 3-0 lead into the second, but it's folly to count the Red Wings out of anything, really. Todd Bertuzzi scored early in the second, and Niklas Kronwall scored near the period's end. Jiri Hudler scored early in the third to tie the game at 3-3, but Joffrey Lupul, unassisted, got the deciding goal to lift Toronto to the win.
Phaneuf's goal came on the power play, and Kessel's was via a penalty shot.
The Red Wings have now allowed two more goals than they've scored on the road this season, a stark contrast to their +41 spread at home. They've got two more games on the road coming up, though, including a tough tilt in their next outing, a game in Chicago against the Blackhawks.
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