Third period goals propel Wings' win
Trailing twice, the Wings bounced back each time, on special teams goals by Dan Cleary (short-handed) and Niklas Knonwall (power-play), to tie the score. Detroit then took its first lead in the third period and added another goal for good-measure in a 4-2 win at Joe Louis Arena. Johan Franzen and Krys Kolanos accounted for the third period tallies.
Though they were out-shot in the first period, 13-5, the Wings got a break early in the second, thanks to a miscue by Leafs goalie Andrew Raycroft, who whiffed on a clearing pass from behind his own net while on the power-play. Cleary swooped in behind Raycroft, picked-up the loose puck and banked a shot, from an improbable angle off the goalie for a 1-1 tie.
Toronto regained its lead, 2-1, three-minutes later when, on another power-play, Bryan McCabe whistled a shot from the right point that beat Wings goalie Dominik Hasek. Kronwall buried a shot into the top net at 14:07 of the second, knotting the score at 2-2. The Leafs (3-4) dominated the play early on, grabbing a 1-0 lead on their first power-play chance of the first period. Right wing John Pohl knocked in his own rebound at 9:32 of the first.
Both teams will conclude the preseason schedule with a game on Sunday night at the Air Canada Centre. The Wings, 5-1-2 in the season, will open the 2006-07 season on Thursday when they host the Vancouver Canucks at 7 p.m.