NHL Centennial Classic: Live Score and Updates for Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings

January 1st, 2017 by Carol Schram Leave a reply »
Auston Matthews was the overtime hero as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 in front of over 40,000 fans at Toronto's BMO Field in the 2017 Centennial Classic.

The outdoor game, a celebration of the NHL's 100th anniversary, started slowly, with just one goal through the first two periods. The dam broke in the third, with the Leafs building a 4-1 lead before the Red Wings fought back to tie, scoring two goals in the last 1:46 of regulation with goaltender Jared Coreau on the bench for the extra attacker.

Anthony Mantha was awarded the equalizer, his second goal of the game, with just 1.1 seconds left on the clock, forcing the three-on-three showdown and setting up Matthews' heroics. With his 19th and 20th goals of the season, Matthews has now wrested the rookie goal-scoring lead away from Patrik Laine. 

Leo Komarov, Mitch Marner and Connor Brown also scored for Toronto, while Jonathan Ericsson and Tomas Tatar were the other scorers for the Red Wings.

The victory extends Toronto's current winning streak to five games.

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