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The Detroit Purple Wings began properly, performed quick and generated possibilities. 

In a script that has grow to be familiar of late, they outplayed their opponent the primary two durations Friday at Little Caesars Area, however weren’t capable of make it show on the scoreboard. 

That led to a tense third period towards the Toronto Maple Leafs. Dylan Larkin scored on an influence play but the Leafs tied it with 2:19 to go in regulation. Danny DeKeyser scored in OT to secure a 3-2 victory on a night that began with a celebration. 

Gustav Nyquist scored his twelfth objective of the season, briefly giving the Wings a lead. Their penalty kill got here via 5 occasions towards the ninth-ranked power play within the NHL. Their energy play was quiet by means of the primary three attempts but Larkin related on Thomas Vanek’s sneaky move on the fourth, banking the puck in off Frederik Andersen. Patrick Marleau answered by redirected Auston Matthew’s shot out of midair. 

Purple Wings forward Gustav Nyquist (14) celebrates his aim towards Maple Leafs with forward Andreas Athanasiou (seventy two) through the second interval at the Little Caesars Area in Detroit, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. (Photograph: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)

As is widespread when the Wings host the Leafs, the stands have been heavy on Toronto fans, resulting in competing chants.

The evening began with a ceremony retiring Red Kelly’s no. 4. The Wings watched from their bench and from chairs on the ice. Henrik Zetterberg sat on one end, standing out amid the red and white jerseys in a suit.

More: Scotty Bowman on Red Kelly, Sergei Fedorov, Red Wings & Dylan Larkin

Strong start

The Wings had another strong start, playing a fast, physical game and generating shots on Andersen. They had four shots on net when they went on a power play at 10:58 after Dylan Larkin drew a penalty on Mitch Marner. Andersen made four saves during that stretch, including on a slap shot from Anthony Mantha and a redirect attempt by Thomas Vanek. When the time came for the Wings to play shorthanded, they held the Leafs to one shot on Jimmy Howard. Howard came through with a big stop in Marner’s snap shot from the right circle during a Leafs power play late in the first period that left the shots 10-5 to Detroit after 20 minutes. 

Nyquist nets another 

Neither side had much success getting pucks through as the second period got underway. The Wings didn’t look sharp on their second power play, but were good on a third penalty kill, limiting the Leafs to one shot on net. It took a shift of creating chaos around Toronto’s net to score — Andersen couldn’t recover from making a stop on Andreas Athanasiou in time to deny Gustav Nyquist’s shot from the right side, putting…