[tps_header]Best Game: 2014 Winter Classic: Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Detroit Red Wings 2 (shootout)[/tps_header]
Sure, Toronto’s season ended in a dismal free fall, but the year wasn’t all bad. They got the chance to take on the Detroit Red Wings in the 2014 Winter Classic. It was a battle between two Original Six franchises that had all the makings of an instant classic, and did not disappoint. Before an NHL-record crowd of 105,491 that braved the blustery conditions at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Toronto became the first Canadian team to play in the Winter Classic.
Leaf Nation traveled well, as there seemed to be an equal mix of fans of both Maple Leafs and Red Wings packing the stands. Coming out of the second intermission tied 1-1, Toronto grabbed the lead less than five minutes into the third frame on a goal by Tyler Bozak. But Detroit refused to go down without a fight, getting the equalizer courtesy of Justin Abdelkader with 5:32 to go in regulation.
The game ended up going to a shootout, where the Maple Leafs emerged victorious when Bozak beat Jimmy Howard for the game-winner. It was a Winter Classic that featured two Original Six teams, a record crowd, a shootout and Doc Emrick. What wasn’t there to love?