Detroit Red Wings lose again, this time 5-3 to Toronto at home
By LARRY LAGE
AP Hockey Writer
DETROIT — Auston Matthews heard the short list of NHL greats he joined by scoring nine times in the first five games of the season.
Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Marleau, Mario Lemieux and Mike Bossy are the only other players in league history to pull off the feat.
“Nice,” Matthews said after scoring twice for a league-leading nine goals to help Toronto beat Detroit 5-3 Thursday night.
“He had a fast start last year, too, unfortunately he got injured,” Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. “He’s a big man. He’s really worked hard on his body. He’s worked hard on his skating and all parts of his game. With and without the puck, he’s better.”
Nick Jensen gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead midway through the first period and scored a second goal midway through the third to pull them within a goal.
“It’s never as sweet when you get the goals but you don’t get the win,” he said.
Soon after Jensen’s second goal, Matthews took advantage of a power play by scoring his second goal of the game.
Detroit pulled within a goal again when a review determined Dylan Larkin scored with 6:04 left in the game. The Red Wings pulled Jimmy Howard to add an extra skater, but Ron Hainsey scored an empty-net goal to seal the win.