Tavares, Maple Leafs hold off Red Wings


TORONTO — John Tavares had a goal and two assists for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who held off the Detroit Red Wings for a 5-4 win at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday.

Jake Muzzin and Alexander Kerfoot each had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs (4-4-1), who have won consecutive games for the first time this season. Petr Mrazek made 27 saves in his first start since Oct. 14 because of a groin injury.

Joe Veleno and Filip Zadina each had a goal and an assist, and Thomas Greiss made 33 saves for the Red Wings (4-3-2), who are 0-2-0 this season without Tyler Bertuzzi, who did not play because he is unvaccinated against COVID-19.

Muzzin scored with 14 seconds remaining in the first period to put Toronto ahead 1-0. It was the first goal scored by a Maple Leafs defenseman this season.

Zadina tied it 1-1 at 8:19 of the second period, scoring glove side on Mrazek on the power play 51 seconds after Pierre Engvall hit the post on a breakaway.

Michael Bunting made it 2-1 with 18 seconds left in the second period when he redirected a slap pass from Jason Spezza at the right hash marks on the power play.

The goal ended an 0-for-17 stretch with the man-advantage for Toronto dating to Oct. 14.

Kerfoot scored 17 seconds into the third period when he one-timed a pass from Tavares, who was behind the net, to make it 3-1.

Veleno cut it to 3-2 at 1:36, but Tavares made it 4-2 at 7:47 with a one-timer off a pass from Kerfoot on a 2-on-1.

After Vladislav Namestnikov again cut the lead to 4-3 at 10:11, Mitchell Marner intercepted a pass by Nick Leddy and tucked the puck into an open net for his first of the season to make it 5-3 at 17:55.

Filip Hronek made it 5-4 at 19:31 with Greiss pulled for the extra attacker.

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