NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Toronto|
(Saturday, October 29th)
Final Score: Toronto 4, Pittsburgh 3
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Phil Kessel scored the deciding goal midway
through the third period, lifting the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-3 victory
over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Air Canada Centre.
Mikhail Grabovski, Tim Connolly and Clarke MacArthur each had a goal for the
Maple Leafs, who got 34 saves -- including 16 in the third period -- from
"He's given us a chance to win. He's made the saves when we needed them and
today was no different," Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf said about
Gustavsson. "I thought he did a really good job for us again."
Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist, while Matt Cooke and Chris Kunitz also
scored for the Penguins, who saw their five-game win streak come to an end.
Brent Johnson stopped 25 shots for Pittsburgh.
Grabovski's rebound power-play goal marked the lone tally of the first period,
giving the Maple Leafs an early advantage.
Midway through the second, Pittsburgh evened the score, as Cook's rebound put-
in off of an Arron Asham wrister made it 1-1.
Minutes later, with Malkin in the box for hooking, Connolly got behind the
defense and drove home a pass from Joffrey Lupul for a 2-1 Maple Leafs
Back on the ice, Malkin set up Kunitz on the power play, freezing the defense
with a fake, then snapping a shot off Gustavsson's pads. Kunitz buried the
rebound for a 2-2 tie heading into the third period.
Toronto jumped back on top early in the final frame, as Phaneuf wrapped
around the back of the net and threw the puck off the post, setting up
MacArthur for the rebound tally.
Malkin struck again, however, capitalizing on a 5-on-3 advantage with a long
distance slap shot, which beat Gustavsson to once-again tie the contest.
Kessel provided the game-winning goal minutes later. With the Maple Leafs on
the attack, Mike Komisarek prevented the puck from escaping the zone and
caught the Penguins off guard as he passed to Connolly, who fed Kessel with a
cross-ice feed for the one-time wrister.
"To come back three times is a lot to ask and to come back a fourth time was
too much to ask," Penguins forward Craig Adams said.
This is the first of four meetings between the Eastern Conference rivals this
season...The Maple Leafs are 5-0-1 at home on the young season.
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