TORONTO (AP) -- Coach Pat Quinn used the Toronto Maple Leafs'
last preseason game to try out forward combinations for the regular
season and came away with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on
Jason Allison, playing only his second preseason game after a
sore hip kept him out of others, meshed effectively with Czerkawski
and Darcy Tucker, and O'Neill looked good on a wing with youngsters
Matt Stajan and Alexander Steen.
O'Neill scored on a power play at 15:48 of the first period. His
shot caromed past goalie Jimmy Howard off the left skate blade of
defenseman Chris Chelios.
O'Neill scored three goals in five preseason appearances. The
29-year-old right-winger scored only 14 goals for Carolina in
2003-2004, and Quinn would love it if he could get back to the
30-goal mark he reached the previous two seasons.
Czerkawski dashed down the right wing and lifted a backhand shot
over a kneeling Howard's catching mitt at 7:41 of the second
period. It was Czerkawski's third goal in seven exhibitions. The
33-year-old Polish right-winger netted 25 for the New York
Islanders in 2003-2004.
Datsyuk made it 2-1 at 17:25 of the second with a quick shot
past Tellqvist, who'd been entertaining the announced Air Canada
Center crowd of 19,159 with acrobatic saves. Datsyuk, a late
arrival at Detroit's camp, was having difficulty adjusting to the
stricter officiating on obstruction. He took three penalties before
Howard stopped Sundin on a breakaway before the second break,
but Wozniewski, battling for the last roster spot on the Toronto
blue-line, made it 3-1 with a long shot at 1:47 of the third
On power plays, Detroit was 0-for-7 and Toronto was 1-for-6.
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Arena: Air Canada Centre Location: Toronto, Ontario
Jeff Oapos;Neill (power play) Assist: Bryan McCabe, Tomas Kaberle
Mariusz Czerkawski Assist: Bryan McCabe, Jason Allison
Pavel Datsyuk Assist: Jason Williams
Andy Wozniewski Assist: Alexei Ponikarovsky, Nik Antropov