Evgeny Svechnikov scores twice as Wings down Leafs

Associated Press

Evgeny Svechnikov scored twice to lead the Red Wings to a 2-1 exhibition victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, on Friday night.

Jimmy Howard stopped 18 shots to help the Red Wings improve to 5-1-1 in the preseason.

Brendan Leipsic scored for the Maple Leafs, who were playing in Hamilton for the first time since 2005. Jhonas Enroth finished with 24 saves.

Svechnikov gave Detroit the early 1-0 lead on a quick wrist shot past Enroth from the top of the slot. He was in position after leaving the penalty box and lingering the 11 seconds needed for Nathan Paetsch to start the breakout along the boards to Drew Miller, who hit him with a short lead pass.

Leipsic’s first of the preseason tied it with 44 seconds left in the first period.

Svechnikov scored his second of the night 4:39 into the second period.

The teams return for a rematch Saturday at Joe Louis Arena. Faceoff is 7 p.m.