NHL: Maple Leafs roll, reach 6-1-0

NHL: Maple Leafs roll, reach 6-1-0

They were dialled in right from start to finish.

Thursday was a day off.

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. He's getting better all the time.

Even Detroit coach Jeff Blashill had to acknowledge that for the most part, the Wings have been playing the way they want to this week.

Here are takeaways on the week. The Wings had six shots on net, but nothing to show for it.

"There's a little rust on my end, that's for sure", said McElhinney, who hadn't enjoyed a personal win since last March 28 and was idled by Andersen taking the first six games in October. They pulled Mrazek with more than three minutes to go, and William Nylander took advantage with an empty-net goal. "But we've also got to get results".

The Wings are in the bottom 10 of the National Hockey League with a 30-shots per game average. But if they come off it even a bit, as they did in their first loss of the season at Dallas, they will go down to defeat.

But shortly after Zetterberg's goal, McElhinney stretched out to make a great pad save on Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha. Wednesday saw him score his first of this season.

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"It happens sometimes", Zetterberg said. "I expect him to get hot here". It was his 51st career multi-point game and fourth this season. They are being paid to produce, and if they again don't produce in the first half, it again won't matter what they do in the second half because the Wings will miss the playoffs. The Maple Leafs were coming off a 2-0 victory on Tuesday in Washington. We used everybody last night; had a four-line rotation, so that helped us as well because they were fresher than they might've been. We just try to keep evaluating our group every five games.

Schwartz's second goal was a fun one, as Blues goaltender Jake Allen found him with a 150-foot pass off the boards to catch the Blackhawks during a line change. Teams figured out pretty quickly that the Wings liked Frk in the left circle getting set up for a one-timer by Mike Green.

Jimmy Howard allowed three goals on four shots and was replaced by Petr Mrazek, who allowed a goal on the first shot he faced before making 19 saves on the final 20 shots.

Of course, it's hard to accomplish anything when there's little possession time on power plays, as was the case in Toronto.

"We were talking today, were his (four) kids going to come tonight?" He started out well enough trying to answer the obligatory Downie question: "I don't know enough".

The Red Wings have earned slashing penalties in five of the seven games. The Leafs converted, and the Wings couldn't recover.

What we've learned so far about the Wings is that when they put it all together, they can beat the NHL's mediocre and weaker clubs. "It's tough because there are some obvious ones, and some that you kind of shake your head at and wonder why it is a slash". "It's still October, so we can't get too ahead of ourselves here, we understand that there's a lot of good teams that we have to play and it's not going to be this loose for long".

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