Leino scores in Red Wings’ 4-0 win over Thrashers
Leino has impressed with his ability to stick handle and pass the puck, but he’s working on his quickness and the ability to play in traffic.
His first goal, which gave Detroit a 1-0 lead with 3:39 left in the first period, showed he can do the latter.
Leino went to the net and jammed in the rebound of Helm’s pass attempt when it bounced off Atlanta goalie Kari Lehtonen’s pads into the crease.
Leino said his coaches have told him to “go straight and always go fast forward and go to the net. You don’t have so much time. … You just got to go to the net and shoot more and put it on the net.”
Coach Mike Babcock said Leino has the ability.
“He can hold onto the puck. That goal shows you have to go to the net. He’s an NHL player,” Babcock said. “You can make all of those nice plays. But it’s just fluff if it’s all on the outside and not on the inside.”
Samuelsson’s 5-on-3 power-play goal 5:59 into the second period made it 2-0 when he tipped in Niklas Kronwall’s shot from the point. Zetterberg completed a 2-on-1 rush by putting a one-time shot into the empty-side of the net from the bottom of the right circle with 8:03 left in the middle period. Cleary scored with 1:03 left to play.
Lehtonen stopped 34 shots for Atlanta (1-2).