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Nyquist scores 2 to help banged-up Red Wings beat Maple Leafs 3-2 to boost postseason chances

03/18/2014, 10:42pm EDT
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Red Wings beat Maple Leafs, 3-2

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) stops a Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Joffrey Lupul (19) shot as defenseman Danny DeKeyser defends.

DETROIT — Gustav Nyquist had two goals and Jimmy Howard made 31 saves to help the Detroit Red Wings hold on to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 tonight.

Jake Gardiner scored on a power play midway through the third period to pull Toronto within a goal.

The Maple Leafs appeared to tie the game less than two minutes later, but Nazem Kardri’s goal was waved off because he made a kicking motion to knock the puck in with the inside of his right skate.

The Red Wings seemed to seal the win with 2:33 left when Daniel Alfredsson’s wrist shot from the slot hit the back of the net.

Toronto, though, pulled its goaltender to add an extra skater seconds later and James van Riemsdyk scored with 1:13 left.

James Reimer stopped 28 shots for the Maple Leafs.

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