Abdelkader’s hat trick paces Red Wings to a big 4-0 opening night win over Toronto

By Dave Hart
LocalSportsJournal.com

Red Wings 4, Maple Leafs 0 – Justin Abdelkader scored a three-goal hat trick on opening night to lead the Red Wings over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night.

LSJ Logo incertNineteen-year old rookie sensation Dylan Larkin scored a goal and picked up an assist in his National Hockey League debut, while Henrik Zetterberg picked up three assists.

Detroit’s goaltender Jimmy Howard stopped all 22 Maple Leaf shots to earn the shutout.

The Red Wings will take on the Carolina Hurricanes on the road Saturday night.

Record: 1-0-0   2 ptsEye on the D

Tied for 1st Place in Atlantic Division

Tied for 2nd Place in Eastern Conference (2 points behind New York Rangers)

Magic # to clinch 25th straight playoff berth: 163 pts

Magic # to clinch Atlantic Division: 163 pts

Magic # to clinch Eastern Conference: 163 pts

Next Game: 10/10/2015 @ Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 p.m. @ PNC Arena

Stats: Goals- Justin Abdelkader 3 (3), Dylan Larkin 1 (1) Assists- Henrik Zetterberg 3 (3), Johan Franzen 1 (1), Mike Green 1 (1), Jakub Kindl 1 (1), Larkin 1 (1), Kyle Quincey 1 (1) Goaltending- Jimmy Howard W (1-0-0) 22 saves on 22 shots.

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