Bunting nets hat trick, Leafs rally in 3rd to beat Red Wings

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - JANUARY 29: Mitchell Marner #16 of the Toronto Maple Leafs battles for control of the puck against Filip Hronek #17 of the Detroit Red Wings in the third period of the game at Little Caesars Arena on January 29, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) (Gregory Shamus, 2022 Getty Images)

DETROIT – Michael Bunting had three goals, Rasmus Sandin scored the tiebreaker with 2:51 remaining and the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied for five unanswered goals in the third period to beat the Detroit Red Wings 7-4 on Saturday night.

Mitch Marner scored a power-play goal with 1:14 left and John Tavares, who assisted on Sandin's goal, made it 7-4 with 11 seconds to go. Pierre Engvall also scored for Toronto, which won its second consecutive game.

“We knew that if we got the first goal of the third period, we had a good chance of winning,” Bunting said. “We had our chances. They just weren’t going in. Fortunately, they started going in in the third.”

Auston Matthews, Alexander Kerfoot and David Kampf each had two assists. Petr Mrazek made 31 saves.

“I felt confident we could score two goals,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said. “Our best people made some big-time plays and we put pressure on Detroit. It's a great win for us. Not a great game, but a great win.”

Dylan Larkin scored twice and added an assist for Detroit. Vladislav Namestnikov and Tyler Bertuzzi each had a goal for the Red Wings, who led 4-2 after two periods. Robby Fabbri and Moritz Seider each had two assists.

The Red Wings broke a 1-all tie after the first period with goals by Namestikov and Bertuzzi less than a minute apart early in the second.

“We gave up some opportunities we didn't need to in the second period,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. "Then in the third, they had all the momentum and we didn’t have enough pushback. There weren’t enough shifts where we made them defend, and then obviously the third our D-zone coverage was no good."

NOTES: Blashill coached his 500th game with the Red Wings, becoming the fifth Detroit coach to reach the milestone. ... Alex Nedeljkovic, who stopped 30 shots, started in goal for Detroit for the eighth time in nine games. ... Nedeljkovic and Mrazek both played for Carolina last season.


Toronto: Hosts the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.

Detroit: Hosts the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

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