NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Pittsburgh|
(Monday, December 16th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, Toronto 1
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Sidney Crosby scored the winning goal
with 6:03 to play as the shorthanded Pittsburgh Penguins took a 3-1 win over
the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday.
Chris Conner and Brandon Sutter also scored for the Penguins, who have won
four straight and nine of 10. Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves in the win.
Pittsburgh was missing many big pieces of its squad for this game, including
star forward Evgeni Malkin, who was out with a lower-body injury and is listed
as day-to-day. Also, forward James Neal served the fourth game of a five-game
suspension, and defenseman Kris Letang was placed on injured reserve on Monday
with an upper-body injury.
Several other players were also out of the lineup as the Penguins had several
players suit up who had played significant time in the American Hockey League.
Morgan Rielly scored for the Maple Leafs, who have lost four of their last
five. Jonathan Bernier allowed two goals on 30 shots in the loss.
"I don't think we played well in the first period, but we seemed to get our
skating together in the second period," said Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle.
"But in the third period we made some mistakes and it cost us the game."
A right circle faceoff was won by Toronto, but the clear was picked off at the
right point by Robert Bortuzzo, who fed the puck down to Pascal Dupuis. Crosby
then received a pass in the slot and beat Bernier with a wrister for a 2-1
lead with 6:03 to play.
"It was kept in at the blueline and Duper (Dupuis) found me in the slot and
made a great pass there," said Crosby about the goal. "There was a lot of room
there and he hit me on the tape and I found the back of the net."
Toronto skated the final 1:05 on a power play and pulled Bernier for a 6-on-4,
but was unable to get any good chances and Sutter put the game away with an
empty-netter in the final seconds.
The Pens were all over the Toronto net to start the game and it paid off just
39 seconds in as Brian Dumoulin blasted a shot from the left point that hit
off Conner at the right side and snuck in for a 1-0 lead.
Skating on the power play, Toronto tied the game as Rielly took the puck in
down the right side and skated across to the top of the left circle before
firing a knuckler past Fleury for his first NHL goal at 6:03 of the second
Pittsburgh plays in New York against the Rangers on Wednesday ... Toronto
hosts Florida on Tuesday ... Pittsburgh has won two of the three games with
Toronto this season ... Toronto went 1-for-5 on the power play, while
Pittsburgh failed on its only chance.
12/17 00:41:01 ET