DETROIT (AP) -- Here's something not seen much these days in the
tight-checking NHL: a wide-open game.
Wednesday night's game between the Detroit Red Wings and the
Toronto Maple Leafs featured plenty of skating and scoring chances.
Detroit took advantage of the extra room as Sergei Fedorov scored twice and the Red Wings got three power-play goals in a 6-2 victory
for their seventh straight win.
Sebastien Centomo? That's the Toronto goalie that let in this Igor Larionov goal in the second period Wednesday.
Detroit has the NHL's best record at 45-11-6-2 (98 points),
while Toronto has 76 points.
"Clubs enjoy space and time and they had a lot of it," said
Toronto coach Pat Quinn.
After being down 4-0, Toronto got a power-play goal and a
short-handed goal in the second period.
But Fedorov's second goal of the game, his 23rd of the season,
made it 5-2 just 38 seconds into the third period. His wrist shot
from the inside edge of the right faceoff circle beat rookie
Sebastien Centomo between the pads.
"They stood around like a bunch of cigar store Indians," he
"On the fifth goal for sure, we lost coverage down low," said
Rookie Sean Avery added his second goal in two games later in
the third period.
Tomas Kaberle had made it 4-1 in the second period with the
Maple Leafs on a 5-on-3 power play when his slap shot from about 15
feet inside the blue line beat Dominik Hasek low to the glove side.
Sundin's short-handed goal made it 4-2 with 2:10 left in the
period. He was able to poke a shot into an empty Red Wings net
while lying on the ice after stripping Detroit's Igor Larionov of
the puck and chipping it through the legs of Hasek, who was
charging out of his net.
"I tried a poke-check, I missed, but I got the player (he
knocked down Sundin)," said Hasek. "But I was hoping my defense
would be there. He actually scored lying down."
Larionov had made it 4-0 with a power-play goal when he tipped
in a pass from rookie Pavel Datsyuk.
The Red Wings led 3-0 after the first period. Rookie Jason
Williams got his first career goal with a slap shot from the top of
the right circle that beat Toronto's Corey Schwab after deflecting
off the skate of Toronto defenseman Cory Cross.
The Sundin-Hogland-Renberg line was also on the ice for that
"We didn't have a very good game, that's for sure," said
Fedorov's power-play goal made it 2-0. He beat Schwab high to
the glove side with a fluttering one-timer.
Luc Robitaille then made it 3-0 with another power-play goal
with 2:09 left as he stuffed in his own rebound.
Schwab was replaced by Centomo to start the second period.