NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, January 23rd
(All times Eastern)
Toronto Maple Leafs (1-1-0) at Pittsburgh Penguins (2-0-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Penguins opened the season with two tough
road games against divisional opponents. They are certainly happy to be coming
home with a perfect record.
The Penguins look to post their best start in 17 seasons on Wednesday night as
they play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Pittsburgh opened this shortened campaign with road games against the
Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers over the weekend. It won both,
downing the Flyers 3-1 on Saturday before logging a 6-3 triumph against the
James Neal, who scored against Philadelphia, added another two goals versus
the Rangers, while Evgeni Malkin had three assists and Sidney Crosby had his
first point of the campaign with an assist. Tyler Kennedy, Matt Niskanen,
Pascal Dupuis and Kris Letang all had goals.
"It's a good start," Crosby said. "We've done a lot of good things the past
couple of games. Tonight we got away from things in the third, but other than
that we've played some good periods of hockey. I just want to keep that going
and keep getting better."
After Marc-Andre Fleury won Pittsburgh's season opener, Tomas Vokoun made his
Pens debut in net on Sunday and posted 31 saves.
Pittsburgh will now look for its best start since it matched a club record by
winning seven straight to begin the lockout shortened 1994-95 campaign.
Toronto has split its first two games of the season, winning in Montreal on
Saturday before dropping a 2-1 decision against visiting Buffalo on Monday.
The Maple Leafs did not find the back of the net until Nazem Kadri scored his
second goal in as many games, lighting the lamp with 1:42 to play.
Toronto appeared to tie the game with 25 ticks left, but Joffrey Lupul had a
goal waived off after it was ruled he punched the puck in with his hand.
"We were doing a lot of good things out there late in the game," said Toronto
head coach Randy Carlyle. "I think our effort was there tonight and we had
good execution, but I just don't think it was at the level it needed to be to
Ben Scrivens stopped 18 shots in the loss.
The Maple Leafs and Penguins split four meetings a season ago, with each team
winning twice at home. Pittsburgh has won three straight and four of its last
five at home versus Toronto.
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