Santorelli’s SO goal lifts Leafs over Wings
DETROIT (AP) — Toronto’s Mike Santorelli scored the shootout winner as the Maple Leafs won 2-1 at Detroit on Wednesday, preventing the Red Wings building their lead in the NHL Eastern Conference.
Santorelli, the Maple Leafs’ third shooter, got the puck past Jimmy Howard to lift Toronto to its third straight win, moving within five points of its Atlantic Division rival.
Tyler Bozak also had a shootout goal for Toronto. Pavel Datsyuk netted the sole goal for the Red Wings in the tiebreaker.
In regulation, Gustav Nyquist put Detroit ahead in the second period, before Phil Kessel tied the game by tapping in James van Riemsdyk’s centering pass.
In the day’s other game, Anaheim defeated slumping Edmonton 2-1 to go clear top of the Western Conference.
Matt Beleskey scored his 14th goal of the season and Ryan Kesler also netted for the Ducks, who held off a late Edmonton charge, thanks in part to 21 saves by Frederik Andersen.
The Ducks’ last 12 victories were by just one goal, and they hung on to that slim lead after Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored early in the third for Edmonton, which has lost 13 of 14.