The Maple Leafs defeated the Red Wings 4-1 on Saturday night. The win now marks four in a row for the Leafs. This was also the first time the Leafs have earned a win with their backup goalie.

Big Win For Hutchinson

It was a long time coming for Hutchinson, but he has finally gotten his win. It was nearly a year between wins, the last coming on January 10th 2019 against the Devils. Hutchinson was very impressive making 29 saves in the win. He would finish as the game’s first star.

On the second night of a back-to-back , the defence was very impressive again, helping Hutchinson. Even though the Red Wings sit last place in the league, the Leafs were able to hold the Red Wings in check. Great movement and possession of the puck helped the Leafs earn this very important win for Hutchinson.

Keefe’s Gamble Pays Off

For much of the game the Red Wings looked the better of the two teams. During the first two periods the Leafs were out shot 23-16. The offence was struggling and Keefe decided to switch things up. These adjustments by Keefe, won the game for Toronto.

Pairing Matthews with Marner and Hyman created the spark Toronto needed. The line would combine for all three goals in the third, helping the Leafs run away with the win. Keefe would also pair Tavares with Mikheyev and Engvall which also had a lot of success. For Nylander however, this was a message sent by Keefe. After a great performance against New York, Nylander wasn’t a factor in this game.

Keefe’s ability to switch things up mid game has been crucial to his success. With the win he earned his tenth win surpassing Babcock’s total for the season. Keefe also became the second fastest coach to reach 10 wins. He needed only 14 games to reach the mark, two behind Hap Day, who in 1940-41 needed only 12.

Matthews Train Keeps On Rolling

Matthews had his third straight multipoint game against Detroit. He finished the game with three points, scoring twice. This earned him the third star of the game. This was his 26th two-goal game of his career. Since 2016-17 Matthews sits only second behind Ovechkin who has 29.

The Maple Leafs have one more game before Christmas as they will host Carolina on Monday. The game will be an early 2pm start time, marking their annual next gen game.