The Red Wings quickly boarded a flight for Chicago, where they
face the Blackhawks in a big game Sunday, and weren't very happy
with their performance.
"That was un-Red Wing-like," coach Mike Babcock said. "You
can't win every night in the league playing like that."
The Leafs had a strong start with Kessel converting a penalty
shot at 4:30 of the first before Phaneuf hammered home a power-play
goal at 8:19.
The Leafs captain was an unlikely contributor after taking a
puck in the cheek on Thursday and having to play with a long visor
to cover the big lump on his face.
"Once I knew nothing was broken, I knew I was going to play,"
After Steckel scored to make it 3-0, Babcock called a timeout to
try and wake up his players.
"We had a great opportunity," he said. "But the hockey gods
treat you right - you don't start on time you don't win that often
in this league. We weren't good enough."
The Leafs were fortunate to come out on top after being outshot
But the team seems to have developed a resilient spirit --
"we're a group that definitely does not quit," said Phaneuf --
something that gave Gustavsson confidence even after he allowed
Hudler to tie it early in the third period.
During the first half of the season, he's learned to trust his
"I always believe in our team," Gustavsson said. "They showed
me so many times they score a lot of goals. You just have to keep