Highlights from Wednesday's National Hockey League games

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Their latest hurdle was the first set of back-to-back, road and home games of the National Hockey League season.

Mike Babcock addressed the media after his team moved to 6-1-0 on the season with a 6-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Michael Cammalleri scored the other two goals for the hosts, who have opened their season with their best six-game start (5-0-1) in franchise history.

Babcock: I don't really know.

The Leafs have a three-game winning streak going but what is important for them is they managed to pull out a win in the second of back-to-back games. Kings RW Trevor Lewis contributed a couple of assists against Montreal, his first points since the first game of the season...

Matthews' goal at the 15:46 mark of the first period pushed Toronto's lead to 3-1 at the time.

A blast from Morgan Rielly put the Leafs back on top by two goals at the second intermission and William Nylander added an empty-net goal in the third to make it 6-3.

Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Tatar and Jonathan Ericsson scored, and Nick Jensen had three assists for the Red Wings (4-3-0), who have lost two consecutive games. Obviously, I know there's a tie there with the Leafs.

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But video replay overturned the call into an Ericsson goal, video showing Abdelkader, if anything, had a fine screen in front of McElhinney.

"I thought (Kadri's) group was our best group tonight, dialed in start to finish", Babcock said. He's not sure he can catch Jaromir Jagr, tops among active players and second all-time with 1,714 games played.

The game, like a few Leafs games so far this season was on the wonky side.

One area that hasn't been a problem so far for the Red Wings has been goaltending. The Red Wings' Jimmy Howard allowed three goals on four shots before being replaced by Petr Mrazek, who made 19 saves. "(Milestones) are nice to have but I'm more focused on the game".

At that point, the Leafs had a 3-1 lead, as Kadri and Hyman scored ahead of Matthews.

St. Louis outshot Chicago 26-8 in the first two periods, including 17-4 in the second.

"I've just surrounded myself with good people", said Marleau. "They came out and controlled the majority of the play". Even though we scored, it took us a bit to get skating. "Even though we scored (early) it took a while to get our legs going". "I think some of it is where it was just one of those nights where it goes in for them", Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said.

"Unfortunately, they were scoring the goals". In large parts the process was good (Wednesday) but we have to eliminate some mental errors. "He's always ready and I think when you look at the way he played at the end of a year ago you know we have all the reasons in the world to have confidence in him".

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