TORONTO - You get the impression that Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle and his Red Wings counterpart Mike Babcock will be getting a New Year's hangover a little early.
And with 10 days still to go to the Winter Classic, Jan. 1 probably can't come soon enough for either former Stanley Cup-winning coach.
There wasn't much 'classic' about Saturday's game at the Air Canada Centre as the teams took turns giving their respective coaches fits in the first meeting this season of the reunited division rivals.
Ultimately, the Wings made up for a blown early lead and left town with a 5-4 shootout win. And leave it to an old Leafs nemesis Daniel Alfredsson to do the Leafs in. The Wings second man up in the shootout beat Jonathan Bernier high glove and Pavel Datsyuk sealed it as the visitors took the shootout, 2-0.