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Detroit — Wake up, the Red Wings' exhibition game against the Toronto Maple Leafs is over.

And, no, you didn't miss much Monday, although the Red Wings defeated the Maple Leafs 3-0, thanks to power-play goals from Nick Jensen and Riley Sheahan, and an empty-net goal from Tomas Jurco.

Fitting two goals came on power plays, given the slew of penalties in this game.

The teams combined for 49 minutes of penalties (the Red Wings had 31, thanks mainly to Tomas Nosek's checking from behind and game misconduct) on 19 penalties (the Red Wings had 10).

From those power-play opportunities, the Red Wings clinched the victory going 2-for-8, while killing all eight Maple Leafs power plays.

"I couldn't believe all the penalties; we have to be more disciplined," coach Mike Babcock said. "I don't know they were trying to get the quota up for the exhibitions.

"There was no flow. Zero flow. That's the problem. You want to play all the guys and you can't play them (because of the penalties). We got good work from our guys."

Goalie Petr Mrazek was outstanding for the Red Wings, stopping all 27 shots.

Mrazek is likely headed back to Grand Rapids later this week, but again has shown this exhibition season, he could be an NHL goalie in the future.

"I'm trying to do my best, work hard every practice and period and game I get, and I'm happy for that," Mrazek said.

The victory raised the Red Wings' exhibition record to 3-1-1, with a home game Wednesday against Pittsburgh.

There are three exhibition games left, and they'll be big for certain players, as there remains questions rather than answers in terms of roster spots.

"Lots of them," Babcock said of the roster questions. "They create more of them each and every night. We were going to an NHL practice (squad) but I can't decide who should be in the NHL practice so we'll keep going the way we're going (two split squads)."

Sheahan's goal at 5 minutes 45 seconds of the third period gave the Red Wings a 2-0 lead and some needed cushion.

On the goal, defenseman Ryan Sproul initiated the play with a shot from the dot. Sheahan deflected the shot, but the puck went wide of goalie James Reimer.

Sheahan gathered the puck near the side and got it behind Reimer for his first goal of the exhibition season.

"Sheahan was a real good, heavy player for us," Babcock said.

Jurco scored at 18:36, ending any suspense.

But few of these games have been as difficult to watch as Monday's, what with a barrage of penalties, ineffective power plays from both teams, and any sort of rhythm because of the endless parade to the penalty box.

Jensen put the Red Wings ahead 1-0 with his power-play goal at 8:58 of the second period.

With Maple Leafs forward Josh Leivo off for tripping, Jensen — one of the Red Wings' expanding group of talented young defensemen — fired a shot from the top of the slot.

Toronto forward Daniel Winnik put his stick out and deflected the puck past Reimer.

It was Jensen's first goal of the exhibition season.

With Aaron Rome exiting early in the first period with a lower body injury, the five remaining defensemen split up a large chunk of minutes, Jensen playing solidly in 22:12 of ice time.

"A real good skater, competitive is what I see," said Babcock of Jensen, a former WCHA defenseman of the year out of St. Cloud State.

Mrazek, getting his first start of the exhibition season, consistently came through with impressive stops, keeping the Maple Leafs off the board.

Early in the first period Mrazek stopped Leafs forward Brandon Kozun on a shorthanded breakaway, keeping the game scoreless.

Mrazek stopped forward James van Riemsdyk in close in the second period, with the game scoreless, then early in the third period, turned away a Kozun drive keeping the score 1-0.

Mrazek got a piece of forward Nazem Kadri's attempt on a Toronto power play with five minutes left, maintaining a 2-0 Red Wings lead.

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