Maple Leafs heat up in hurry, hand Wings first preseason loss

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News
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Toronto Maple Leafs' Par Lindholm, rear, scores against the Detroit Red Wings' Jimmy Howard, left, during the second period on Friday.

In Toronto, the Maple Leafs exploded for four special-teams goals within a four-minute span in the second period, leading to a 6-2 exhibition victory Friday over the Red Wings.

Gustav Nyquist (power play) and Dylan Larkin scored for Detroit (6-1), which fell for the first time in the preseason.

BOX SCORE: Red Wings 6, Maple Leafs 2

Toronto’s Jake Gardiner (power play), John Tavares (power play), Patrick Marleau (power play) and Par Lindholm (short-handed) all scored in 3 minutes, 54 seconds to break open a 1-1 game.

Gardiner added another goal in the third period and Nazem Kadri also scored for the Maple Leafs.

The teams will close out the preseason Saturday night in Detroit.

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