TORONTO (AP) — Tyler Bozak scored a pair of third-period goals, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Saturday night.
Leo Komarov and Peter Holland had the other goals for Toronto. Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves to improve to 7-5-2.
Tomas Tatar had the lone goal for Detroit, and Jimmy Howard made 24 saves.
Following Thursday night’s backlash, the Maple Leafs saluted their fans on Saturday night after the win before leaving the ice.
Toronto topped Detroit for the first time in three games this season, and the Maple Leafs have now back-to-back contests after a three-game skid in which they were outscored 17-5. The Maple Leafs are 8-4-1 in their last 13.
Bozak gave Toronto its second lead of the night with a short-handed goal early in the third period.
He stripped defenseman Niklas Kronwall of the puck at the blue line, went in alone, and beat Howard with a backhand shot for his seventh of the season at 3:44. It was Bozak’s fourth career short-handed goal.
Peter Holland added the insurance goal on a partial breakaway, beating Howard for his fifth goal with 4:21 remaining. Holland matched his goal total from last season in which he scored five in 39 games. He also snapped a four-game goal drought.
Bozak added an empty-net goal with 1:47 remaining for his eighth of the season.
Toronto led 1-0 after 20 minutes on Komarov’s second of the season.
Komarov put a shot off defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and in at 11:39. Komarov had just four goals in 42 games during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season — his last in the NHL.
Tatar tied it 1-1 at 10:28 of the second. He brushed off a hit from defenseman Roman Polak and one-timed a feed from Xavier Oullet for his ninth of the season. Tatar has five goals and two assists in five games.
Polak got his left leg caught under his body while falling awkwardly on the hit and left the game. The team said he sustained a lower-body injury.
NOTES: Maple Leafs D Cody Franson’s nine-game point streak ended. It was the longest of Franson’s career and was one game shy of matching the team record for longest streak by a defenseman held by Tom Kurvers from Jan. 15-Feb. 7, 1990. Franson played in his 200th game with Toronto.
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