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Lupul Helps Maple Leafs Beat Red Wings 4-3

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TORONTO, CANADA - JANUARY 7: Phil Kessel #81 of the Toronto Maple Leafs scores on Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings during a penalty shot during NHL action at The Air Canada Centre January 7, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

TORONTO, CANADA – JANUARY 7: Phil Kessel #81 of the Toronto Maple Leafs scores on Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings during a penalty shot during NHL action at The Air Canada Centre January 7, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

TORONTO (AP) — Joffrey Lupul scored at 7:10 of the third period to help the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 after blowing a three-goal lead Saturday night.

With the game looking to have slipped out of Toronto’s control, Lupul grabbed a rare turnover from Henrik Zetterberg behind the net and lifted a shot over goalie Jimmy Howard.

More importantly for the Leafs, it resulted in a third straight victory during a key homestand and kept them climbing up the Eastern Conference standings.

Phil Kessel scored on a penalty shot, and Dion Phaneuf and David Steckel added goals for Toronto. Jonas Gustavsson made 37 saves to keep his run of starts going under Ron Wilson’s win-and-you-stay-in system.

Todd Bertuzzi, Niklas Kronwall and Jiri Hudler scored for Detroit.

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