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Van Riemsdyk, Leafs spoil Penguins' homecoming

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - James van Riemsdyk netted two goals and one assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat Pittsburgh, 5-2, and spoil the Pens' home opener at CONSOL Energy Center.

Clarke MacArthur, Mikhail Grabovski and Tyler Bozak also tallied for the Maple Leafs, who were coming off a 2-1 home loss to Buffalo on Monday.

Nikolai Kulemin added three assists to back a 28-save performance from James Reimer.

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin scored once each for the Penguins, who opened the year with two road wins over Atlantic Division foes. Marc-Andre Fleury was charged with all five goals on 24 shots.

Grabovski's slapper from the right circle pushed Toronto's edge to 4-2 at the 5:18 mark of the third period.

Any hope of a Pittsburgh comeback was muted when Crosby was hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct call on top of a bench minor inside of two minutes remaining. Bozak capped the scoring with a two-man advantage score in the slot with 61 seconds to play.

Pittsburgh converted its second power-play chance of the first period when Malkin beat Reimer through the pads on a one-timer from the goal line on the right side with 1:09 left.

MacArthur tipped in a centering feed from Nazem Kadri to tie the game at 3:09 of the second period, then van Riemsdyk put Toronto ahead with a weak tap-in of a Kulemin pass less than seven minutes in.

Crosby was sprung on a breakaway by Pascal Dupuis and he beat Reimer through the legs to tie the game at 7:17.

Toronto had a two-man edge for 50 seconds at the midway point but failed to convert either portion of the power play. Nonetheless, van Riemsdyk picked off a Malkin pass and snapped home his second of the game for a 3-2 Leafs lead at 14:34.

Game Notes

Van Riemsdyk recorded his first multi-goal effort since a 5-4 win over Chicago on Jan. 5, 2012 when he played for the Flyers ... Wednesday's three-point performance was his most since recording three points in a 9-2 Philadelphia win over Columbus on Nov. 5, 2011 ... Pittsburgh has lost two of three home openers since moving from Mellon Arena in 2010 ... The three-goal difference snapped a streak of six straight games between the teams that were decided by one goal ... Toronto forward Joffrey Lupul left the game in the second period after taking a slash on the right wrist from Pens defenseman Brooks Orpik and did not return.

01/23 22:06:03 ET

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