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The Little Caesars Arena stands under construction in Detroit on Aug. 4, 2016. (Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Red Wings embark on new era

The dawn of a new era here in Hockeytown earlier this month was not celebrated with champagne and ribbon- cutting ceremonies, but rather with men sloshing around in greyish goo wearing hard hats, galoshes and smiles.

Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou (72) collides with Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack while scoring the game-winning goal during overtime in Raleigh, N.C., on Monday, March 27, 2017. Lack was taken off the ice on a stretcher. (Gerry Broome/AP Photo)

Lack taken off ice on stretcher

Andreas Athanasiou crashed into Eddie Lack as he scored in overtime Monday night, giving the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 victory over Carolina on a play that left the Hurricanes goalie with a frightening injury.

Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews (right) talks with William Nylander (29) as they prepare for the Panthers Tuesday night in Toronto on Monday, March 27, 2017. (Jack Boland/Toronto Sun)

Leafs could contend for years

There are many numbers that underscore the surprising rebound of the Toronto Maple Leafs from dead last in the NHL to, as of now, inside the playoff picture.

Sabres' Justin Falk (left) and Maple Leafs' Josh Leivo (centre) battle in front of Sabres goalie Robin Lehner during NHL action in Toronto on Feb. 11, 2017. (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun)

Leafs-Sabres a tale of two rebuilds

On the warm Buffalo evening last summer that Auston Matthews was selected first overall by the Maple Leafs in a boo-filled KeyBank Center, a small pocket of Toronto fans sitting in the stands proudly showcased their T-shirts emblazoned with the words “Auston 20:16.”