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DETROIT -- Winger Gustav Nyquist scored twice and the Detroit Red Wings held on for a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena.

Right winger Daniel Alfredsson also scored for Detroit (31-24-13). Jimmy Howard made 31 saves.

Defenseman Jake Gardiner and left winger James van Riemsdyk scored for Toronto (36-26-8). James Reimer stopped 28 shots.

Gardiner put the Maple Leafs on the scoreboard and pulled them to within 2-1, 8:24 into the third. He took a carom off the back boards in the right circle, moved across the top of the crease and slid the puck into the net for Gardiner's ninth goal.

Alfredsson restored the two-lead with his 15th goal, with 2:33 left.

Van Riemsdyk scored his 27th goal with 1:13 left and Reimer pulled for the extra attacker.

An apparent tying goal by center Nazim Kadri with 9:28 left was waved off because it was ruled he kicked it in.

Nyquist opened the scoring with 7:10 left in the first period when he scored on a breakaway after poking the puck past Maple Leaf defenseman Cody Franson and Tim Gleason. Reimer accidentally pushed the puck into the net with the handle of his stick after Nyquist made a move and took a backhand shot.

His second goal came 2:06 into the third period. This time Nyquist poked the puck off the boards past defenseman Paul Ranger at the Detroit blue line, broke down the right wing and beat Reimer from the right circle. It was Nyquist's 19th goal and third in two games.

His 14 goals since Jan. 20 are the most in the NHL.

NOTES: Red Wings D Jonathan Ericsson left the game late in the second period with an upper-body injury. ... Detroit D Brendan Smith played left wing in place of Justin Abdelkader, who sustained a leg laceration Sunday in the Red Wings' 4-1 road loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Abdelkader will sit out for two weeks. Smith last played forward as a 16-year-old Midget AAA player in Toronto, when his linemates were John Tavares, now of the New York Islanders, and Sam Gagner, now of the Edmonton Oilers. ... Detroit lost a player to injury in each of the previous five games. ... Toronto's No. 1 goaltender, Jonathan Bernier, missed his second game due to a sore groin. ... Maple Leafs D Tim Gleason is from the Detroit suburb of Clawson. ... The teams met for the first time since the Winter Classic at Ann Arbor's Michigan Stadium on New Year's Day. Toronto won 3-2 in a shootout.

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