Red Wings' power play clicks in opening pre-season victory
Toronto loses 3-2 in shootout
Wings, Leafs Roundup
Adam Almquist scored two powerplay goals in the second period and Tomas Tatar had a goal and assist to lead the Detroit Red Wings past the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Monday night in a preseason game.
Paval Datsyuk also scored for Detroit, netting a secondperiod, unassisted goal.
Almquist scored at 6:10 and 11:50 with shots from the point to put the Red Wings ahead 3-1. Brandon Sutter netted the lone Pittsburgh goal at 1:05 of the second, to get the Penguins even at 1. Tatar opened the scoring when he took a failed wraparound attempt and tucked the puck under the crossbar at 12:56 of the first.
Both starting goalies worked two periods. Tomas Vokoun allowed four goals on 15 shots for the Penguins. Detroit's Jimmy Howard made 13 saves.
Flyers 3 Leafs 2
TORONTO - Jonathan Bernier had the spotlight, but Drew MacIntyre was the goaltender who got Toronto Maple Leafs fans buzzing.
The journeyman managed to infuse some energy into Air Canada Centre during an otherwise listless pre-season opener against Philadelphia, making a handful of notable saves. MacIntyre made 13 in his half of Monday night's game, won by the Flyers 3-2 in a seven-round shootout.
MacIntyre, 30, has appeared in a grand total of four regular-season NHL games, most recently Nov. 25, 2011 for the Buffalo Sabres, and he doesn't have a victory. And the Leafs aren't planning to rely on him much, if at all, this season.
But against the Flyers MacIntyre showed glimpses of why he isn't a bad option to have as a third goaltender in the system in case Bernier or James Reimer gets injured.
MacIntyre made an impressive pad save on a two-on-one shot by Philadelphia's top prospect, Scott Laughton, and stoned Marcel Noebels to fire up the crowd. Later, he challenged Adam Hall on a semi break away to keep the puck out of the net.
Those stops paled in comparison to one MacIntyre made for the AHL's Toronto Marlies last season, which was shown on the video board during the second period. MacIntyre reached his glove hand behind his back to snare Rochester Americans forward Zemgus Girgensons' shot.
MacIntyre could provide some veteran stability on a Marlies team that will be young and inexperienced.
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