The Red Wings were edged out in a shootout by the Maple Leafs on New Year’s Day in the annual NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.
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With the Red Wings and Maple Leafs tied with 45 points entering the game, it was only fitting the teams played even at 2 through regulation play and then a five-minute overtime before being decided with a shootout.
Tyler Bozak and Joffrey Lupul scored for the Leafs in the shootout and Pavel Datsyuk for the Red Wings.
The teams traded ends at the midway point – 2:30 left – in overtime and the Wings’ Henrik Zetterberg was set to go 1-on-1 against a Maple Leafs’ defenseman when the whistle was blown to make the move.
Jonathan Bernier had 41 saves for the Leafs and Jimmy Howard, 24 for the Red Wings.
The Red Wings failed to score a power play goal with their five chances.
The Red Wings and Maple Leafs are headed to overtime in the Winter Classic.
The Maple Leafs were dangerous in the final minute, but couldn’t get the puck past Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard.
The Red Wings have a 41-24 advantage in shots. They are 0-for-5 on the power play.
Justin Abdelkader scored on a backhander with 5:32 left to pull the Red Wings even at 2.
Abdelkader took Brendan Smith’s pass from the right corner and swatted in past Jonathan Bernier while getting knocked to the ice.
Several reports have the crowd at 105,491 which would be a world record mark for a hockey game.
The Red Wings are on their fifth power play of the game, trailing 2-1 with 8:15 left.
The Wings are 0-4 with the extra man.
The teams have traded ends with the Leafs holding a 2-1 lead over the Red Wings midway through the third period.
The Leafs’ second goal was given to Tyler Bozak who re-directed Dion Phaneuf’s shot past Red Wings’ goaltender Jimmy Howard with 15:19 left.
The Leafs took a 2-1 lead with 15:19 remaining when Dion Phaneuf scored with his shot getting deflected off a stick in front of Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard.
The Red Wings and Maple Leafs are still even at 1 with 15 minutes left.
The Leafs have played a physical game with a 3-to-1 advantage in hits (27-8) through the first two periods.
The Maple Leafs pulled even at 1 when James Van Riemsdyk scored off a rebound from just right of the crease with 36.5 seconds left in the second period.
Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard made a great save on VanRiemsdyk on point blank shots with 2:37 left in the period and then just seconds before he scored.
The Red Wings failed to score on two power play chances in the period. They are 0-for-4 with the extra man for the game.
The Red Wings own a 27-18 advantage in shots.
Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard came up with another great save, this time on James Van Riemsdyk’s shot from just right of the crease with three minutes left in the second period.
The Leafs are on the power play with Jakub Kindl in the penalty box with the Red Wings leading 1-0.
Daniel Alfredsson made the most of a great centering pass from Henrik Zetterberg, sending the puck past Jonathan Bernier for a 1-0 Red Wings’ lead with 6:46 left in the second period.
The Red Wings are now on the power play following a penalty to the Leafs’ Jay McClement.
Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard made the save of the game when he got a skate on Nazem Kadri’s shot from in front with 16 minutes left in the second period.
The game is scoreless with 9:32 left in the period with the Red Wings holding a 2-to-1 advantage in shots on goals (20-10).
Gregg Krupa breaks down the first period off the Winter Classic in the video analysis above.
The Red Wings and Maple Leafs played to a scoreless first period in front of a packed Big House in the Winter Classic.
Looking in the stands, it’s a sea of red and blue in the favor of the Red Wings by a 60/40 margin.
The Red Wings held a 13-5 advantage in shots, but failed to click on their two power play chances. The Maple Leafs had once chance with the extra man.
The Winter Classic is still scoreless with 5:47 remaining in the opening period.
Each team failed to score on a power play with the Red Wings getting one after Joffrey Lupul cross-checked Patrick Eaves on the side of the head.
Eaves had to be helped to the locker room after the hit.
The Red Wings had an excellent scoring chance on the power play when Pavel Datsyuk flipped a pass from the right corner right in front to Daniel Cleary who had his shot stopped by Jonathan Bernier.
The Winter Classic is underway from the Big House and former Michigan player Luke Glendening was out on the ice for the Red Wings, winning the opening face-off.
Glendening, who centers the line of Daniel Cleary and Patrick Eaves, then quickly made his presence known with a big hit on Jay McClement 30 seconds into the game.
This is the fifth outdoor game for Glendening, including three with the Wolverines, and one two nights again at Comerica Park as a member of the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins.
The game is scoreless early in the first period with Jimmy Howard in goal for the Red Wings and Jonathan Bernier for the Leafs.
A band played while the Red Wings and Maple Leafs took the Big House ice for warm-ups with fireworks going off in the background.
It’s the Winter Classic like no other with 105,000 fans expected to fill the stands.
The opening face-off is minutes away.
It’s a magical setting at the Big House with the snow falling down and the Winter Classic less than an hour away from getting underway.
The Red Wings and Maple Leafs – two Original Six teams – will certainly be making lifetime memories for an expected crowd of 105,000.
The teams each have 45 points, tied for fourth place in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.
Former Michigan player Luke Glendening will be playing for the Red Wings. It will be his fifth outdoor game, three while playing for the Wolverines and his fourth coming Monday night at Comerica Park where he scored a pair of goals for the Grand Rapids Griffins in their AHL loss to the Toronto Marlies.