Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Tatar and Jonathan Ericsson scored for Detroit, which has lost two in a row.
But video replay overturned the call into an Ericsson goal, video showing Abdelkader, if anything, had a fine screen in front of McElhinney.
The Red Wings are off to a 4-2 start following a 3-2 loss at home to Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.
Thursday was a day off.
Red Wings D Nick Jensen assisted on all three Detroit goals in a 6-3 loss at Toronto, playing a season-high 18:05…
The Red Wings would make things interesting in the second period as they came within one goal of tying the game.
“I think there was some amusing goals”, said Wings coach Jeff Blashill.
Here are takeaways on the week. “(Milestones) are nice to have, but I’m more focused on the game”. I think some of it is it was one of those nights where it just kind of goes in for them.
“But everything they seemed to throw at the net went in”. “But we’ve also got to get results”. “The joke was they can come for 2,000”.
Tatar scores: Tatar finished last season with 25 goals but had just nine at the halfway point.
Tatar scored at 7:02 of the second period to make it 4-2; his first of the season was his 100th National Hockey League goal. “Obviously the same thing kind of happened past year, so it was good to see him score for sure”, Blashill said. “He was off to the side of the net, and I was aware of him, so I was just trying to get low coverage”.
The Leafs are off a couple of days before their first game against the Ottawa Senators, who just got star defenceman Erik Karlsson back, he of seven points in four games versus Toronto last 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.
Capitals coach Barry Trotz has been watching Matthews’ growth and likened him already to a Hockey Hall of Famer and one of the best players in history.
Hyman made it 2-0 only 44 seconds later, tipping a Rielly shot past Howard. It was more egregious against the Lightning, when the Wings topped 10 minutes with a man advantage against a team with a middling penalty kill. They earned a power play at 9:09 but couldn’t maintain possession of the puck and never got a shot on Curtis McElhinney.
Kadri took a long pass from Ron Hainsey, walked in and beat Howard over the blocker with Toronto’s first shot of the game at 5:56. “He’s got lots of time”.
And yes, Matthews knew what he was doing all the way on the goal, which is why he is a special player.
“We didn’t get any points here”, Zetterberg said after Wednesday’s loss. “We’ve got to eliminate some mental errors, make sure all 20 guys are going”.
“Last night was a good win, though we got careless at times”, Babcock said of beating the Caps.
Babcock: I don’t really know. Tonight’s game takes place from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario.
“That’s your job. You’re going in there (cold) and have to make a key save now and then”, McElhinney said. “It’s kind of tough to recover from it”.
“When you look at the way he played at the end of a year ago, we have all the reasons in the world to have confidence in him because he’s proven he can play great, and he played great again tonight”.