Red Wings routed 6-0 by Maple Leafs for seventh straight loss
Wings defenseman Patrik Nemeth (22) and goaltender Jonathan Bernier defend against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period Wednesday at Little Caesars Arena.
The Red Wings haven’t scored in more than two full games.
They were shut 6-0 on Wednesday night by the Toronto Maple Leafs at Little Caesars Arena.
It was Detroit’s seventh consecutive loss (0-5-2), and the team allowed 13 consecutive goals.
The Red Wings’ last goal came last Saturday night, 3:32 into the second period, by Taro Hirose. Their scoreless streak has reached 156:28.
“I think we’re not managing the puck. We’re not putting it in good spots for our teammates,” Dylan Larkin said. “I believe that the work ethic’s there but we’re not working smartly with it.”
Detroit managed only 25 shots.
Jonathan Bernier was originally slated to start the game but became ill between the morning skate and the game. So Jimmy Howard got the start. But Howard was injured shortly before John Tavares’ goal in the middle of the first period. He left the game after that goal – the third he allowed on eight shots – with a mid-body injury, according to coach Jeff Blashill.
Bernier was not dressed and there was an over five-minute delay while he got into his uniform and gear and skated onto the ice to replace Howard. But Bernier still made 40 saves – and was the game’s third star – as the Maple Leafs peppered him and Howard with 54 shots. Toronto’s 26 shots in the second period was the most allowed by the Wings in a period this season.
“Bernie got to the rink tonight. He was supposed to start, I was told he was sick, I went and saw him, and he was in our equipment guy’s room basically laying down,” Blashill said. “We tried to get another goalie here to back up, but Grand Rapids (Detroit’s AHL affiliate) was in Chicago, Kaden Fulcher is hurt, so we didn’t have another contracted goalie we could bring up. I just told Bernie, ‘If we need you, if you can go, that’s great.’ Obviously, it was up to him whether he could go or not go.
“He came in and showed tons of guts coming in. I thought he played his (butt) off, played well. I asked him after numerous timeouts if he was OK, and he told me he could keep going, so good for him. It was a pretty valiant effort by him.”
The Maple Leafs led 2-0 before the game was three minutes old. Travis Dermott opened the scoring at 1:04 and Tyson Barrie got a goal at 2:24. Tavares made it 3-0 at 9:48 of the first period with his seventh goal.
William Nylander (1:03) and Andreas Johnsson (his first of the game, 2:24) scored early in the second period, and Johnsson scored on the power play at 7:07 of the middle period.
Anthony Mantha will be out at least two weeks because of his lower-body injury suffered against New Jersey. … Blashill’s only update on Howard was he likely won’t be available for Friday afternoon’s road game against the Philadelphia Flyers.