Detroit Red Wings lose pair of weekend games
DETROIT (AP) — Clayton Keller was a force on both ends of the ice Sunday night, and that’s what the Arizona Coyotes want to see from him.
The 21-year-old forward had two goals and an assist to lead Arizona to a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
“He’s really working on the defensive part of his game, which we asked him to do,” Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. “And when he plays good defense, the other parts of his game are really good.”
Both of Keller’s goals came off passes from linemate Nick Schmaltz.
Keller also set up center Carl Soderberg for a goal.
“Carl’s huge in front of the net, creating space and making it a lot easier for us to work,” Keller said.
Taylor Hall and Christian Dvorak also scored for Arizona. Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson had three assists.
Antti Raanta made 28 saves in Arizona’s first game since No. 1 goalie Darcy Kuemper sustained a lower-body injury Friday during an 8-5 loss to Minnesota.
Filip Zadina and Tyler Bertuzzi scored for Detroit. Jimmy Howard stopped 40 shots after missing 10 games with a lower-body injury. He was recalled from a conditioning stint with Grand Rapids of the AHL earlier in the day.
“Our start was good until they scored,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “I thought we came out and played pretty good hockey and then they scored. Right now we’re letting goals weigh us down.”
Two goals by Keller in the first period gave the Coyotes a 2-0 lead.
He opened the scoring with 6:35 left in the first when put in a one-timer from the bottom of the right circle that Howard got a piece of. Keller’s second goal and 10th of the season came with 3:17 remaining in the period when his wrist shot from the top of the right circle beat Howard. Both goals came off the rush.
Maple Leafs 4, Red Wings 1
At Toronto on Saturday, the Maple Leafs earned a win without Frederik Andersen in net.
Michael Hutchinson made 29 saves in his first win of the season that was also Toronto’s fourth straight.
The crowd at Scotiabank Arena gave the 29-year-old Hutchinson a standing ovation as the final seconds ticked down on his first NHL win since Jan. 10.
Zach Hyman and Auston Matthews each had two goals and an assist for the Maple Leafs (19-14-4).
Tyler Bertuzzi scored for the Red Wings (9-25-3).
Jonathan Bernier started in net for Detroit. He stopped the three shots he faced before leaving the game less than seven minutes in due to a lower-body injury. Calvin Pickard came on in relief and made 16 saves in the loss.
Hutchinson entered Saturday 0-5-1 with a 4.55 goals-against average and .876 save percentage in six starts.