The Maple Leafs responded with four goals in the first 12 minutes of the third period.
It all started when Leo Komarov scored his sixth goal of the season just 1:23 into the third when he went to the front of the net and somehow managed to get his stick on the puck, even as he was being tied up by a defenseman, to redirect it into the back of the net.
It was all set up by a wonderful individual effort from defenseman Jake Gardiner.
They did not stop there.
Less than 10 minutes later rookie forward Mitch Marner scored his ninth goal of the season with a wonderful individual effort that saw him cut to the middle of the ice through the Red Wings’ defense and rip a shot past goaltender Jared Coreau.
Just one minute later Connor Brown scored his seventh of the season to increase the Maple Leafs’ to 3-1.
The offensive onslaught continued when the Maple Leafs’ other rookie sensation, No. 1 overall pick Auston Matthews, scored his 19th of the season on a 3-on-1 rush.