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Red Wings finally win a shootout, top Leafs 5-4

Dec 21, 2013, 11:42 PM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings broke a big slump against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, the same night that the second episode of HBO’s 24/7 series on the 2014 Winter Classic aired.

Detroit’s 5-4 shootout win ended an 11-game losing streak in the “skills competition” that stretches back to last season (including an 0-6 mark in 2013-14 before this victory), as MLive.com points out.

Sure, they haven’t been the prettiest wins against the most dominant of teams, but the Red Wings probably won’t complain too much about two consecutive wins – both beyond regulation – after dropping six in a row in often frustrating ways. They’re now 17-12-9 on the season, with Jonas Gustavsson grabbing 10 of those wins.

(It makes you wonder if the Red Wings really want Jimmy Howard to push for a return by the Winter Classic.)

While the Red Wings are seemingly regaining their footing, the Maple Leafs’ stumbles continue. They’ve lost three of four and six of eight contests. They also only have two regulation wins since Nov. 19.

It’s the kind of hockey that can make anyone a little camera-shy, although Detroit can testify that it’s also possible to turn things around even as things look bleak.

  1. polegojim - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Great Win… I love the shoot out!!! j/k… I hate the shoot out.

    Go Red Wings – pulled one out!

  2. hightopandrocket - Dec 22, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Wings will be fine once they get healthier.

  3. lionstigersandwingsohmy - Dec 22, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    How long does the typical shootout last? I would say 5 to 10 minutes. I bet if you increased 4 on 4 overtime to 10 minutes, about 75% of the games would have a winner. Sometimes teams are even and a tie best represents the game.

  4. csilojohnson - Dec 22, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    OT is way too short. Do not agree with tie games though. Must be a winner. Cant end a game exactly how it started. Lame…

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